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Hiragana Etymology

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ね (i.e. “ne”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/11/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of ね comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奴 (やっこ, yakko, i.e. “servant (especially samurai’s attendant)”). Follow the progression of the

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): に (i.e. “ni”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/11/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of に comes from the cursive form of the kanji 仁 (に, ni, i.e. “benevolence”, “compassion”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): な (i.e. “na”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of な comes from the cursive form of the kanji 奈 (な, na, i.e. “Nara”, “what”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): と (i.e. “to”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 24/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of と comes from the cursive form of the kanji 止 (し, shi, i.e. “stop”, “halt”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): て (i.e. “te”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of て comes from the cursive form of the kanji 天 (てん, ten, i.e. “heaven”, also “deva”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): つ (i.e. “tsu”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 10/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of つ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 川 (かわ, kawa, i.e. “river”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): た (i.e. “ta”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of た comes from the cursive form of the kanji 太 (た, ta, i.e. “plump”, “thick”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): ち (i.e. “chi”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 04/10/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of ち comes from the cursive form of the kanji 知 (ち, chi, i.e. “knowledge”). Follow the progression of the different scripts shown in

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): そ (i.e. “so”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 29/09/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of そ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 曽 (そ, so, i.e. “formerly”, “once”, etc.). Follow the progression of the different scripts

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平仮名 (ひらがな, hiragana): せ (i.e. “se”)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 27/09/2011 / 0 Comments

The modern form of せ comes from the cursive form of the kanji 世 (せ, se, i.e. “world”, “society”), though it would seem that semi-cursive style is visually

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