Ya (kana)

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ya
Hiragana Katakana
Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai YA.png Japanese Katakana YA.png
Transliteration ya
Hiragana origin
Katakana origin
Braille ⠌
Unicode U+3084, U+30E4
Semaphore
Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 8.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

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Hiragana is written in three strokes, while the katakana is written in two. Both represent [ja]. Their shapes have origins in the character 也.

When small and preceded by an -i kana, this kana represents not a separate sound but a modification of that of another (see yōon).

や can be used by itself as a grammatical particle to connect words in a nonexhaustive list (see Japanese particles#ya).

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal y-
(や行 ya-gyō)
ya
yaa
, yah
やあ, やぁ
やー
ヤア, ヤァ
ヤー

Stroke order[edit]

Stroke order in writing や
Stroke order in writing ヤ

Other Representations[edit]

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER YA KATAKANA LETTER YA HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER YA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12420 U+3084 12516 U+30E4 65428 U+FF94
UTF-8 227 130 132 E3 82 84 227 131 164 E3 83 A4 239 190 148 EF BE 94
Numeric character reference や や ヤ ヤ ヤ ヤ
Shift JIS 130 226 82 E2 131 132 83 84 212 D4
Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER SMALL YA KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YA HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER SMALL YA
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12419 U+3083 12515 U+30E3 65388 U+FF6C
UTF-8 227 130 131 E3 82 83 227 131 163 E3 83 A3 239 189 172 EF BD AC
Numeric character reference ゃ ゃ ャ ャ ャ ャ
Shift JIS 130 225 82 E1 131 131 83 83 172 AC
や / ヤ in Japanese Braille
や / ヤ
ya
やあ / ヤー
⠌ (braille pattern dots-34) ⠌ (braille pattern dots-34) ⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)