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See also: and サ゚
Katakana letter Za.svg
U+30B6, ザ
Composition: [U+30B5] + ◌゙ [U+3099]



Stroke order
5 strokes

Etymology 1[edit]

The katakana character (sa) with a dakuten ().



(romaji za)

  1. The katakana syllable (za). Its equivalent in hiragana is (za).
Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used colloquially in some words for emphasis. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were written in katakana. [edit]

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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English the.



  1. (colloquial) A particle used to add emphasis to a noun and imply that it is a classic example of something.

For quotations using this term, see Citations:ザ.

See also[edit]
  • of(オブ) (obu, with similar function, literally of)

Further reading[edit]