Ke (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. Both represent [ke]. The shape of these kana come from the kanji 計 and 介, respectively.

ke
transliterationke
translit. with dakutenge
translit. with handakuten(nge)
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana景色のケ
(Keshiki no "ke")

A dakuten may be added to this character; this changes it to げ in hiragana, ゲ in katakana, ge in Hepburn romanization, and the pronunciation shifts to [ɡe] in initial positions, and varying between [ŋe] and [ɣe] in the middle of words.

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

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal k-
(か行 ka-gyō)
ke
kei
kee
けい, けぃ
けえ, けぇ
けー
ケイ, ケィ
ケエ, ケェ
ケー
Addition dakuten g-
(が行 ga-gyō)
ge
gei
gee
げい, げぃ
げえ, げぇ
げー
ゲイ, ゲィ
ゲエ, ゲェ
ゲー

Stroke order

Other communicative representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER KEKATAKANA LETTER KEHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER KEKATAKANA LETTER SMALL KEHIRAGANA LETTER GEKATAKANA LETTER GE
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12369U+305112465U+30B165401U+FF7912534U+30F612370U+305212466U+30B2
UTF-8227 129 145E3 81 91227 130 177E3 82 B1239 189 185EF BD B9227 131 182E3 83 B6227 129 146E3 81 92227 130 178E3 82 B2
Numeric character referenceけけケケケケヶヶげげゲゲ
Shift JIS130 17582 AF131 8083 50185B9131 14983 95130 17682 B0131 8183 51
  • Braille
け / ケ in Japanese Braille
け / ケ
ke
げ / ゲ
ge
けい / ケー
/kei
げい / ゲー
/gei

The Wabun code for け or ケ is -・--.

See also

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