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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai HA.png
U+306F, は



Stroke order
3 strokes

Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.[1][2]



(romaji ha)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ha). Its equivalent in katakana is (ha). It is the twenty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ha-gyō a-dan, row ha, section a).
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Etymology 2[edit]


From Old Japanese. Used in the oldest Japanese writings, including the Man'yōshū finished some time after 759 CE.[1][2]

The spelling was preserved as (usually read as ha) in the script reform, rather than changed to (wa) as would otherwise be expected from the phonetics.



(rōmaji wa)

  1. a particle that acts as a topic marker
    これ (いぬ)です。
    Kore wa inu desu.
    This [the topic, about which we are speaking] is a dog.
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Note that English has no direct counterpart. For illustrative purposes, it may be translated as "as for" or a similar phrase. For example, "As for this, it is a dog". This often does not produce very natural English, however.

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Etymology 3[edit]

The reading of various kanji terms.



(rōmaji ha)

  1. : feather
  2. : leaf
  3. : tooth
  4. : edge
  5. : blade edge
  6. : (historical) in ancient times, a kind of fan used by servants to shield the face of nobles
  7. : group, faction, sect
  8. : (music) a slower break or section in the middle of a piece of gagaku music
  9. : supremacy, hegemony


  1. 1.0 1.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9