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See also: わ゙ and

U+308F, わ



Stroke order
2 strokes

Etymology 1[edit]

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



(romaji wa)

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

From Old Japanese.


(women's particle):

(dialectal particle):



  1. (women's speech, dated) a particle used in the end of sentences to indicate admiration or emotion
    Anata no kami wa nagai wa ne!
    Wow, your hair is so long!
    Ima, iku wa.
    I'm coming.
    Shiranai wa.
    I don't know.
  2. (dialectal or men's speech) a particle used in the end of sentences to indicate emphasis
    Nani itten no ka wakannē wa.
    I've no idea what he's saying.
Usage notes[edit]
  • (Sense 1) In standard Japanese, this particle is mainly used by women, although its usage is almost extinct among younger generations.
  • (Sense 2) In various dialects, particularly western, it is used by both men and women, but with a different pitch accent.

Etymology 3[edit]

Reading for various kanji.



  1. : birds or rabbits
  2. : bundles
  3. : stories, TV episodes



  1. , : a sharp bend in a valley, inlet, coast, or river
  2. , : a ring
  3. , : Japan, Japanese
  4. : harmony; a sum

Proper noun[edit]


  1. , : Japan, Japanese, Nippo-

Etymology 4[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
[pronoun] (obsolete or dialect) first-person personal pronoun: I, me
Alternative spelling
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as , see Category:Japanese kanji read as わ.)