Wa (kana)

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wa
transliteration wa
hiragana origin
katakana origin

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. It represents [wa] and has origins in the character 和. There is also a small ゎ/ヮ, that is used to write the morae /kwa/ and /gwa/ (くゎ, ぐゎ), which are obsolete in contemporary standard Japanese but still exist in the Ryukyuan languages. Katakana ワ is also sometimes written with dakuten, ヷ, to represent a /va/ sound in foreign words; however, most IMEs lack a convenient way to write this. It is far more common to represent the /va/ sound with the combination ヴァ.

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal w-
(わ行 wa-gyō)
wa
waa
, wah
わあ, わぁ
わー
ワア, ワァ
ワー

The kana は (ha) is read as “wa” when it represents a particle.

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing わ
Stroke order in writing ワ

Other representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER WA KATAKANA LETTER WA HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER WA HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL WA KATAKANA LETTER SMALL WA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12431 U+308F 12527 U+30EF 65436 U+FF9C 12430 U+308E 12526 U+30EE
UTF-8 227 130 143 E3 82 8F 227 131 175 E3 83 AF 239 190 156 EF BE 9C 227 130 142 E3 82 8E 227 131 174 E3 83 AE
Numeric character reference わ わ ワ ワ ワ ワ ゎ ゎ ヮ ヮ
Shift JIS 130 237 82 ED 131 143 83 8F 220 DC 130 236 82 EC 131 142 83 8E
  • Braille
わ / ワ in Japanese Braille
わ / ワ
wa

va
わあ / ワー
ヷー
⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠐ (braille pattern dots-5) ⠄ (braille pattern dots-3) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

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