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Character  へ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER HE
Codepoint U+3078
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Stroke order
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Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

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Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization he)

  1. The hiragana syllable (he), whose equivalent in katakana is (he). It is the twenty-ninth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (HA-gyō, E-dan; “row HA, section E”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Japanese. Possibly cognate with Korean particle (e).

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

(romaji e)

  1. to, towards
    へ (e) indicates a destination or movement toward something. When used in this sense, it is pronounced e instead of he.
    日本 (にほん)ようこそ!
    Nihon e yōkoso!
    Welcome to Japan!
    銀行 (ぎんこう) ()った。
    Ginkō e itta.
    [I] went to the bank.
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  • (​ni): to, at
    In the sense indicating destination, the particles (e) and (ni) are often interchangeable, though there is a slight difference of connotation or emphasis. (e) emphasizes the journey to the destination, while (ni) emphasizes the arrival at the destination.

Etymology 3[edit]

Reading of various kanji.

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Noun[edit]

(romaji he)