Ko (kana)

, 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 .

ko
transliterationko
translit. with dakutengo
translit. with handakuten(ngo)
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana子供のコ
(Kodomo no "ko")

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

Other communicative representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER KOKATAKANA LETTER KOHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER KOHIRAGANA LETTER GOKATAKANA LETTER GO
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12371U+305312467U+30B365402U+FF7A12372U+305412468U+30B4
UTF-8227 129 147E3 81 93227 130 179E3 82 B3239 189 186EF BD BA227 129 148E3 81 94227 130 180E3 82 B4
Numeric character referenceここココココごごゴゴ
Shift JIS130 17782 B1131 8283 52186BA130 17882 B2131 8383 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

The Wabun code for こ or コ is ----.

See also

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