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Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER WE
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3091

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Syllable[edit]

‎(romaji we, alternative romaji e)

  1. (rare) The hiragana syllable ‎(we). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(we). It is the forty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō e-dan, row wa, section e).
  2. (obsolete) The hiragana syllable ‎(e). Its equivalent in katakana is ‎(e). It is the forty-sixth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is ‎(wa-gyō e-dan, row wa, section e).

See also[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

This is a rarely used hiragana.

The following kanji once used this pronunciation, but this has been replaced by the pronunciation (e)