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Use this template on single-kanji entries to indicate the kanji readings and to add the character to the appropriate category. Use the following in the entry's ===Kanji=== section, under the ====Readings==== header:


E.g. for :

|kun=ひか-る "to shine", ひかり- "light"
|nanori=あき, あきら, こう, てる, ひこ, み, みつ


The module accepts readings that are formatted in the following manner:

  • Items are delimited by commas (,).
  • < (less-than sign) indicates evolution from older forms (i.e. historical kana orthography). For example, こう<くわう. It is possible to add an additional form that is even older: evolved as きょう<きやう<くゐやう.
  • - (minus-hyphen) serves as a delimiter for okurigana. A trailing - can be considered indicative of "no okurigana". For example, ひか-る (ひか) and ひかり- (ひかり).
  • Optionally, a gloss for a reading may be added at the end of a item, enveloped in a pair of quotation marks ("). For example, ひか-る "to shine".
  • Readings may be automatically recognized as appearing in the jōyō kanji list. The data for this functionality is hosted at Module:ja/data/jouyou-yomi.

No wikilinks ([[ ]]) or linking templates ({{l}} or {{ja-r}}) are needed. The module will detect the Japanese text and glosses, and create links with ruby annotations in the style of {{ja-r}}.


  • |on=: The character’s Sino-Japanese reading(s).
  • |kun=:  (くん) (kun) – The character’s Japanese or native reading(s).


Category pages for this template are created by {{ja-readings-cat}}. Use {{auto cat}} to automatically fill in parameters.

The category structure can be seen at User:Erutuon/kanji readings.