|Unicode name||IDEOGRAPHIC ITERATION MARK|
|Unicode block||CJK Symbols and Punctuation|
- Ideographic iteration mark, indicating that the previous kanji should be repeated.
The symbol 々 is sometimes used in casual horizontal writing (or calligraphy) to indicate a repeated character, but not in formal writing, in print, or on the Internet. More often, 〻 is used (but still only casually), or sometimes the older 二. Usually, however, the character is simply written twice, without the use of any of the above symbols. In Japanese, 々 is used in any kind of writing.
- 〻 (in vertical writing, now rare)
々 (3 strokes)
- Ideographic iteration mark, indicating that the previous kanji should be repeated. The repeated character might not have the same pronunciation as the first due to rendaku.
- Formally, in Japanese the mark is called 漢字返し (kanji-gaeshi, kanji repeater) or 同の字点 (dōnoji-ten, same-character mark). More casually, it is called noma since it looks like a combination of the katakana ノマ noma, 繰り返し (くりかえし, kurikaeshi, literally “repeating”), 同じ (おなじ, onaji, literally “same”), or 同じく (おなじく, onajiku, literally “same”).