Ke (kana)

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ke
transliteration ke
translit. with dakuten ge
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana 景色のケ
(Keshiki no "ke")

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent [ke]. The shape of these kana come from the kanji 計 and 介, respectively.

A dakuten may be added to this character; this changes it to げ in hiragana, ゲ in katakana, ge in Hepburn romanization, and the pronunciation shifts to [ɡe] in initial positions, and varying between [ŋe] and [ɣe] in the middle of words.

A handakuten (゜) does not occur with ke in normal Japanese text, but it may be used by linguists to indicate a nasal pronunciation [ŋe].

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal k-
(か行 ka-gyō)
ke
kei
kee
けい, けぃ
けえ, けぇ
けー
ケイ, ケィ
ケエ, ケェ
ケー
Addition dakuten g-
(が行 ga-gyō)
ge
gei
gee
げい, げぃ
げえ, げぇ
げー
ゲイ, ゲィ
ゲエ, ゲェ
ゲー

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing け
Stroke order in writing け
Stroke order in writing ケ
Stroke order in writing ケ
Stroke order in writing け
Stroke order in writing ケ

Other communicative representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER KE KATAKANA LETTER KE HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER KE KATAKANA LETTER SMALL KE HIRAGANA LETTER GE KATAKANA LETTER GE
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12369 U+3051 12465 U+30B1 65401 U+FF79 12534 U+30F6 12370 U+3052 12466 U+30B2
UTF-8 227 129 145 E3 81 91 227 130 177 E3 82 B1 239 189 185 EF BD B9 227 131 182 E3 83 B6 227 129 146 E3 81 92 227 130 178 E3 82 B2
Numeric character reference け け ケ ケ ケ ケ ヶ ヶ げ げ ゲ ゲ
Shift JIS 130 175 82 AF 131 80 83 50 185 B9 131 149 83 95 130 176 82 B0 131 81 83 51
  • Braille
け / ケ in Japanese Braille
け / ケ
ke
げ / ゲ
ge
けい / ケー
/kei
げい / ゲー
/gei
⠫ (braille pattern dots-1246) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠫ (braille pattern dots-1246) ⠫ (braille pattern dots-1246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠫ (braille pattern dots-1246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 7.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 3.svg

The Wabun code for け or ケ is -・--.

See also[edit]