So (kana)

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so
Hiragana Katakana
Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai SO.png Japanese Katakana SO.png
Transliteration so
 with dakuten zo
Hiragana origin
Katakana origin
Spelling kana そろばんのソ
(Soroban no "so")
Morse code ---・
Braille ⠺
Unicode U+305D, U+30BD
Semaphore
Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 5.svgJapanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 3.svg
kana gojūon
wa ra ya ma ha na ta sa ka a
wi ri mi hi ni chi shi ki i
n ru yu mu fu nu tsu su ku u
we re me he ne te se ke e
wo ro yo mo ho no to so ko o

, in hiragana, or , in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent [so]. The version of this character used by computer fonts does not match the way most native Japanese people write it with their hands. The native way is shown here as the alternative form.

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal s-
(さ行 sa-gyō)
so
sou
soo
, soh
そう, そぅ
そお, そぉ
そー
ソウ, ソゥ
ソオ, ソォ
ソー
Addition dakuten z-
(ざ行 za-gyō)
zo
zou
zoo
, zoh
ぞう, ぞぅ
ぞお, ぞぉ
ぞー
ゾウ, ゾゥ
ゾオ, ゾォ
ゾー

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing そ
Stroke order in writing ソ

Alternative form[edit]

Alternate Hiragana shape

Other Representations[edit]

Character ソ
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER SO KATAKANA LETTER SO HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER SO HIRAGANA LETTER ZO KATAKANA LETTER ZO
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12381 U+305D 12477 U+30BD 65407 U+FF7F 12382 U+305E 12478 U+30BE
UTF-8 227 129 157 E3 81 9D 227 130 189 E3 82 BD 239 189 191 EF BD BF 227 129 158 E3 81 9E 227 130 190 E3 82 BE
Numeric character reference そ そ ソ ソ ソ ソ ぞ ぞ ゾ ゾ
Shift JIS 130 187 82 BB 131 92 83 5C 191 BF 130 188 82 BC 131 93 83 5D
そ / ソ in Japanese Braille
そ / ソ
so
ぞ / ゾ
zo
そう / ソー
ぞう / ゾー
Other kana based on Braille
しょ / ショ
sho
じょ / ジョ
jo
しょう / ショー
shō
じょう / ジョー
⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠺ (braille pattern dots-2456) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)