Ko (kana)

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ko
transliteration ko
translit. with dakuten go
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana 子供のコ
(Kodomo no "ko")

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent IPA: [ko]. The shape of these kana comes from the kanji 己.

This character may be supplemented by a dakuten; it becomes ご in hiragana, ゴ in katakana, and go in Hepburn romanization. Also, the pronunciation is affected, transforming into [ɡo] in initial positions, and varying between [ŋo] and [ɣo] in the middle of words.

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

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal k-
(か行 ka-gyō)
ko
kou
koo
こう
こお
こー
コウ
コオ
コー
Addition dakuten g-
(が行 ga-gyō)
go
gou
goo
ごう
ごお
ごー
ゴウ
ゴオ
ゴー

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing こ
Stroke order in writing コ

Other communicative representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER KO KATAKANA LETTER KO HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER KO HIRAGANA LETTER GO KATAKANA LETTER GO
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12371 U+3053 12467 U+30B3 65402 U+FF7A 12372 U+3054 12468 U+30B4
UTF-8 227 129 147 E3 81 93 227 130 179 E3 82 B3 239 189 186 EF BD BA 227 129 148 E3 81 94 227 130 180 E3 82 B4
Numeric character reference こ こ コ コ コ コ ご ご ゴ ゴ
Shift JIS 130 177 82 B1 131 82 83 52 186 BA 130 178 82 B2 131 83 83 53
  • Braille
こ / コ in Japanese Braille
こ / コ
ko
ご / ゴ
go
こう / コー
/kou
ごう / ゴー
/gou
Other kana based on Braille
きょ / キョ
kyo
ぎょ / ギョ
gyo
きょう / キョー
kyō/kyou
ぎょう / ギョー
gyō/gyou
⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠘ (braille pattern dots-45) ⠪ (braille pattern dots-246) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 8.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 1.svg

The Wabun code for こ or コ is ----.

See also[edit]