Tsu (kana)

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tsu
transliteration tsu, tu
translit. with dakuten zu, dzu, du
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana つるかめのツ
(Tsurukame no "tsu")

, in hiragana, or in katakana, and the variant form , is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both are phonemically /tu͍/ although for phonological reasons, the actual pronunciation is [t͡su͍] ( ).

The sokuon, which are used mainly to indicate consonant gemination, are identical but somewhat smaller.

The dakuten forms づ, ヅ, pronounced the same as the dakuten forms of the su kana in most dialects (see yotsugana), are uncommon. They are primarily used for indicating a voiced consonant in the middle of a compound word (see rendaku), and they can never begin a word.

In the Ainu language, it can be written with a handakuten (which can be entered into a computer as either one character (ツ゚) or two combined characters (ツ゜)) to represent the sound [tu͍], which is interchangeable with the katakana ト゚.

The katakana form is becoming increasingly popular as an emoticon in the Western world due to its resemblance to a smiling face.[citation needed]

Forms Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal ts-
(た行 ta-gyō)
tsu
tsuu
tsū
つう, つぅ
つー
ツウ, ツゥ
ツー
Addition dakuten d/z-
(だ行 da-gyō)
du, zu,
dzu
duu, zuu
,
づう, づぅ
づー
ヅウ, ヅゥ
ヅー
Other additional forms
Form A (ts-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
Tsa つぁ ツァ
Tsi つぃ ツィ
Tsu
Tse つぇ ツェ
Tso つぉ ツォ
Form B (zw-)
Romaji Hiragana Katakana
Zwa づぁ ヅァ
Zwi づぃ ヅィ
Dzu
Zwe づぇ ヅェ
Zwo づぉ ヅォ

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing つ
Stroke order in writing ツ
Stroke order in writing つ
Stroke order in writing つ
Stroke order in writing ツ
Stroke order in writing ツ

Other representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER TU KATAKANA LETTER TU HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER TU
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12388 U+3064 12484 U+30C4 65410 U+FF82
UTF-8 227 129 164 E3 81 A4 227 131 132 E3 83 84 239 190 130 EF BE 82
Numeric character reference つ つ ツ ツ ツ ツ
Shift JIS 130 194 82 C2 131 99 83 63 194 C2
Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL TU KATAKANA LETTER SMALL TU HIRAGANA LETTER DU KATAKANA LETTER DU
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12387 U+3063 12483 U+30C3 12389 U+3065 12485 U+30C5
UTF-8 227 129 163 E3 81 A3 227 131 131 E3 83 83 227 129 165 E3 81 A5 227 131 133 E3 83 85
Numeric character reference っ っ ッ ッ づ づ ヅ ヅ
Shift JIS 130 193 82 C1 131 98 83 62 130 195 82 C3 131 100 83 64
  • Braille
つ / ツ in Japanese Braille
っ / ッ
sokuon
つ / ツ
tsu
づ / ヅ
zu/du
つう / ツー
tsū
づう / ヅー
/
Other kana based on Braille
ちゅ / チュ
chu
ぢゅ / ヂュ
ju/dyu
ちゅう / チュー
chū
ぢゅう / ヂュー
/dyū
⠂ (braille pattern dots-2) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠝ (braille pattern dots-1345) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 12.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 3.svg

See also[edit]