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Japanese Katakana HE.png
U+30D8, ヘ
KATAKANA LETTER HE

[U+30D7]
Katakana
[U+30D9]
U+32EC, ㋬
CIRCLED KATAKANA HE

[U+32EB]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32ED]
U+FF8D, ヘ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER HE

[U+FF8C]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF8E]
See also: , , and

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
1 stroke

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji .

Syllable[edit]

(romaji he)

  1. The katakana syllable (he). Its equivalent in hiragana is (he). It is the twenty-ninth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ha-gyō e-dan, row ha, section e).

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. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. [edit]

See also[edit]