Japanese Writing

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Japanese Writing is the writing system of the Japanese language in the form of syllabaries. It consists of Kanji, hiragana, katakana, and romaji.

  • Hiragana (平仮名 / ひらがな) is the main form of Japanese syllabaries.
  • Katakana (片仮名 / かたかな) is a form of Japanese syllabaries that is more often used for foreign words.
  • Kanji (漢字 / かんじ) are a collection of Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system.

Kana Charts

Hiragana

Full Hiragana
Full Hiragana

Hiragana

P-BaseB-BaseD-BaseZ-BaseG-BaseNW-BaseR-BaseY-BaseM-BaseH-BaseN-BaseT-BaseS-BaseK-BaseVowel
=Pa =Ba =Da =Za =Gaわ =Wa =Ra =Ya =Ma =Ha =Na =Ta =Sa =Kaあ =A
=Pi =Bi =Di =Ji =Gi =Ri =Mi =Hi =Ni =Chi =Shi =Ki =I
=Pu =Bu =Dzu =Zu =Gu =Ru =Yu =Mu =Fu =Nu =Tsu =Su =Ku =U
=Pe =Be =De =Ze =Ge =Re =Me =He =Ne =Te =Se =Ke =E
=Po =Bo =Do =Zo =Goん =N =Wo =Ro =Yo =Mo =Ho =No =To =So =Ko =O
ぴゃ =Pyaびゃ =Byaぢゃ =Dyaじゃ =Jaぎゃ =Gyaりゃ =Ryaみゃ =Myaひゃ =Hyaにゃ =Nyaちゃ =Chaしゃ =Shaきゃ =Kya =Ya
ぴゅ =Pyuびゅ =Byuぢゅ =Dyuじゅ =Juぎゅ =Gyuりゅ =Ryuみゅ =Myuひゅ =Hyuにゅ =Nyuちゅ =Chuしゅ =Shuきゅ =Kyu =Yu
ぴょ =Pyoびょ =Byoぢょ =Dyoじょ =Joぎょ =Gyoりょ =Ryoみょ =Myoひょ =Hyoにょ =Nyoちょ =Choしょ =Shoきょ =Kyo =Yo

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Katakana

Full Katakana
Full Katakana

Katakana is used for any foreign or 'borrowed' words. Basically, most words from a foreign language would be written in this form. Think of it as a way that a reader would know the difference between a foreign word or a Japanese word that is spelled or sounds similar. This is system all based on phonetics, how the words sound. I could best describe it as one of those games where you say a collection of words that when said fast enough together sounds as if you are saying something completely different.

Katakana can at times be more difficult to read and remember how to write the characters. That's because many are written nearly the same way, but the stroke order varies slightly. You will see these in the characters for So & N, and Shi & Tsu.

P-BaseB-BaseD-BaseZ-BaseG-BaseNW-BaseR-BaseY-BaseM-BaseH-BaseN-BaseT-BaseS-BaseK-BaseVowel
=Paバ =Baダ =Da =Zaガ =Ga =Wa =Ra =Ya =Ma =Haナ =Na =Taサ =Saカ =Kaア =A
=Piビ =Bi =Di =Jiギ =Giリ =Riミ =Mi =Hi =Ni =Chi =Shi =Kiイ =I
=Puブ =Bu =Dzu =Zuグ =Guル =Ruユ =Yuム =Muフ =Fu =Nu =Tsuス =Su =Ku =U
=Pe =Be =De =Ze =Geレ =Reメ =Me =Heネ =Ne =Teセ =Seケ=Keエ =E
=Po =Boド =Doゾ =Zoゴ =Goン =N =Woロ =Roヨ =Yo =Mo =Ho =Noト =To =Soコ =Koオ =O
=Pya =Bya =Dya =Ja =Gya =Rya =Mya =Hya =Nya =Cha =Shaキャ =Kya =Ya
=Pyu =Byu =Dyu =Ju =Gyu =Ryu =Myu =Hyu =Nyu =Chu =Shuキュ =Kyu =Yu
=Pyo =Byo =Dyo =Jo =Gyo =Ryo =Myo =Hyo =Nyo =Cho =Shoキョ =Kyo =Yo

Rare W-base Katakana

There are two particular Katakana from the W-Base that are considered to be obsolete. They are ヱ (We) & ヰ (Wi). Neither of these are likly to ever appear.

Katakana Vowel Base Modifiers

This is a list of more modifiers you are likely to see. These are similar to the small tsu modifier since they are smaller version of another kana that are places after a larger kana. These are used to alter the way the character is pronounced when trying to spell out foreign words (particularly Chinese). Some are going to be more rare than others. You might of seen these before in anime characters names such as Luffy (ルフィ, rufi). One of the more peculiar cases in the is for the characters of the V sounds in the second row. That is actually the Katakana for ウ (U) with a Dakuten. Add a Dakuten to the ウ (U) and you get ヴ (Vu).

aiueo
ウァ
wa
ウィ
wi
(ウゥ)
wu
ウェ
we
ウォ
wo
(ヷ) ヴァ
va
(ヸ) ヴィ
vi

vu
(ヹ) ヴェ
ve
(ヺ) ヴォ
vo
(クヮ) クァ
kwa
クィ
kwi
クゥ
kwu
クェ
kwe
クォ
kwo
(グヮ) グァ
gwa
グィ
gwi
グゥ
gwu
グェ
gwe
グォ
gwo
シェ
she
ジェ
je
チェ
che
ツァ
tsa
ツィ
tsi
ツェ
tse
ツォ
tso
ティ
ti
トゥ
tu
ディ
di
ドゥ
du
ファ
fa
フィ
fi
フェ
fe
フォ
fo
(スヮ) スァ
swa
スィ
si
スゥ
swu
スェ
swe
スォ
swo
(ズヮ) ズァ
zwa
ズィ
zi
ズゥ
zwu
ズェ
zwe
ズォ
zwo
テァ
tha
テゥ
thu
テェ
tye
テォ
tho
デァ
dha
デゥ
dhu
デェ
dye
デォ
dho
(トヮ) トァ
twa
トィ
twi
トェ
twe
トォ
two
(ドヮ) ドァ
dwa
ドィ
dwi
ドェ
dwe
ドォ
dwo
ヒィ
hyi
ヒェ
hye
ビィ
byi
ビェ
bye
ピィ
pyi
ピェ
pye
(ホヮ) ホァ
hwa
ホィ
hwi
ホゥ
hu
ホェ
hwe
ホォ
hwo
(ムヮ) ムァ
mwa
ムィ
mwi
ムゥ
mwu
ムェ
mwe
ムォ
mwo
(ヌヮ) ヌァ
nwa
ヌィ
mwi
ヌゥ
nwu
ヌェ
nwe
ヌォ
nwo
リィ
ryi
リェ
rye

Other Ya, Yu, & Yo Base Modifiers

This is the list of modifiers using the small kana of Ya Yu and Yo. These forms are rarely ever used.

yayuyo
ウャ
wya
ウュ
wyu
ウョ
wyo
ヴャ
vya
ヴュ
vyu
ヴョ
vyo
テャ
tya
テュ
tyu
テョ
tyo
デャ
dya
デュ
dyu
デョ
dyo
フャ
fya
フュ
fyu
フョ
fyo
スャ
sya
スュ
syu
スョ
syo
ズャ
zya
ズュ
zyu
ズョ
zyo

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Kanji

Radical

Most Japanese kanji are made up of a series of radicals (部首, bushu). All 214 character radicals are categories into seven groups called hen (偏), tsukuri (旁), kanmuri (冠), ashi (脚), tare (垂れ), nyou (繞), and kamae (構). These each are organized by the positioning of these radicals in any given kanji.

Stroke NumberRadicals
1一,|,丶,ノ,乙,亅
2二,亠,ハ,人,儿,入,八,冂,冖,冫,几, ,凵,刀,力,勹,匕,匚,匚,十,卜,卩,厂,厶,又
3口,囗,土,士,夂,夕,大,女,子,宀,寸,小,尢,尸,屮,山,巛,工,己,巾,干,幺,广,廴,廾,弋,弓,ヨ,彡,彳
4心,戈,戸,手,支,攴,文,斗,斤,方,无,日,日,月,木,欠,止,歹,殳,毋,比,毛,氏,气,水,火,爪,父,爻,爿,片,牙,牛,犬
5玄,玉,瓜,瓦,甘,生,用,田,疋,疔,癶,白,皮,皿,目,矛,矢,石,示,禹,禾,穴,立
6竹,米,糸,缶,网,羊,羽,老,而,耒,耳,聿,肉,臣,自,至,臼,舌,舛,舟,艮,色,艸,虍,虫,血,行,衣,襾
7臣,見,角,言,谷,豆,豕,豸,貝,赤,走,足,身,車,辛,辰,辷,邑,酉,釆,里
8金,長,門,阜,隶,隹,雨,青,非
9面,革,韋,韭,音,頁,風,飛,食,首,香
10馬,骨,高,髟,鬥,鬯,鬲,鬼
11魚,鳥,鹵,鹿,麥,麻
12黍,黹,無,歯
13黄,黍,黒,黹,黽,鼎,鼓,鼠
14鼻,齊
15
16龍,龜
17

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