Nu (kana)

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nu
Hiragana Katakana
Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai NU.png Japanese Katakana NU.png
Transliteration nu
Hiragana origin
Katakana origin
Braille ⠍
Unicode U+306C, U+30CC
Semaphore
Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 9.svgJapanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 4.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

Nu, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana each representing one mora. Both hiragana and katakana are made in two strokes and represent [nu͍]. They are both derived from the Chinese character 奴. In the Ainu language, katakana ヌ can be written as small ㇴ to represent a final n, and is interchangeable with the standard katakana ン.

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal n-
(な行 na-gyō)
nu
nuu
ぬう, ぬぅ
ぬー
ヌウ, ヌゥ
ヌー
Other additional forms
Form (nw-)
Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
nwa ぬぁ ヌァ
nwi ぬぃ ヌィ
(nwu) (ぬぅ) (ヌゥ)
nwe ぬぇ ヌェ
nwo ぬぉ ヌォ

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing ぬ
Stroke order in writing ヌ

Other representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER NU KATAKANA LETTER NU HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER NU KATAKANA LETTER SMALL NU
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12396 U+306C 12492 U+30CC 65415 U+FF87 12788 U+31F4
UTF-8 227 129 172 E3 81 AC 227 131 140 E3 83 8C 239 190 135 EF BE 87 227 135 180 E3 87 B4
Numeric character reference ぬ ぬ ヌ ヌ ヌ ヌ ㇴ ㇴ
Shift JIS 130 202 82 CA 131 107 83 6B 199 C7
ぬ / ヌ in Japanese Braille
ぬ / ヌ
nu
ぬう / ヌー
Other kana based on Braille
にゅ / ニュ
nyu
にゅう / ニュー
nyū
⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠍ (braille pattern dots-134) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

In popular culture[edit]

In the manga "Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo" ぬ is Jelly Jiggler's favorite character.