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Character U+3078, へ
Name HIRAGANA LETTER HE
Block Hiragana
[U+3077] [U+3079]

Japanese[edit]

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.

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji he)

  1. The hiragana syllable ‎(he). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(he). It is the twenty-ninth syllable in the gojūon order; its position 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 he)

  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.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (​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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

‎(romaji he)