Nu (kana)

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nu
transliteration nu
hiragana origin
katakana origin

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
  • Braille
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)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 9.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 4.svg

In popular culture[edit]

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