Appendix:Katakana script

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Collation[edit]

The gojūon table[edit]

The table below shows the gojūon table with all katakana characters, except alternative versions such as small characters or with diacritics, as they are most commonly organized.

Katakana gojūon table
Row A
(ア段)
Row I
(イ段)
Row U
(ウ段)
Row E
(エ段)
Row O
(オ段)
Section A (ア行)
Section KA (カ行)
Section SA (サ行)
Section TA (タ行)
Section NA (ナ行)
Section HA (ハ行)
Section MA (マ行)
Section YA (ヤ行)
Section RA (ラ行)
Section WA (ワ行)

Iroha ordering system[edit]

Another ordering system is the iroha, based on a Japanese poem that, if written in katakana, each character appears exactly once, similarly to a pangram:

イロハニホヘトチリヌルヲワカヨタレソツネナラムウヰノオクヤマケフコエテアサキユメミシヱヒモセス

Orthographic variations[edit]

Katakana characters with diacritics[edit]

Dakuten
Handakuten

Small forms[edit]

These are katakana characters written in small size. They often serve functions different from those of their normal-size counterparts.

Normal size
Small size

Additional symbols[edit]

Comparison between scripts[edit]

See Appendix:Japanese script.

Unicode[edit]

Katakana script
Unicode.org chart: Katakana (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+30Ax
U+30Bx
U+30Cx
U+30Dx
U+30Ex
U+30Fx
Katakana script (halfwidth)
Unicode.org chart: Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+FF6x
U+FF7x ソ
U+FF8x
U+FF9x
Katakana script (enclosed)
Unicode.org chart: Enclosed CJK Letters and Months (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+32Dx
U+32Ex
U+32Fx  
Katakana script (words written in katakana)
Unicode.org chart: CJK Compatibility (PDF)
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F
U+330x
U+331x
U+332x
U+333x
U+334x
U+335x