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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai WA.png
U+308F, わ
HIRAGANA LETTER WA

[U+308E]
Hiragana
[U+3090]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
2 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

(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).
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Japanese.

Particle[edit]

(rōmaji wa)

  1. a particle used in the end of sentences to indicates admiration or emotion
    あなたの (かみ) (なが)ね!
    Anata no kami wa nagai wa ne!
    Wow, your hair is so long!
     (いま) ()
    Ima, iku wa.
    I'm coming.
     ()らない
    Shiranai wa.
    I don't know.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In common Japanese, this particle is mainly used by women. 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.

Counter[edit]

(rōmaji -wa)

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

Noun[edit]

(rōmaji wa)

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

Proper noun[edit]

(rōmaji Wa)

  1. , : Japan, Japanese, Nippo-

Pronoun[edit]

(rōmaji wa)

  1. , , : the first-person personal pronoun: I, me

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