O (kana)

In Japanese writing, the kana (hiragana) and (katakana) occupy the fifth place, between and , in the modern Gojūon (五十音) system of collating kana. In the Iroha, they occupy the 27th, between and . In the table at right (ordered by columns, from right to left), お lies in the first column (あ行, "column A") and the fifth row (お段, "row O"). Both represent [o].

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal a/i/u/e/o
(あ行 a-gyō)
o
ou
ō
おう, おぅ
おお, おぉ
おー, お~
オウ, オゥ
オオ, オォ
オー, オ~
o
transliterationo
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana大阪のオ
(Ōsaka no "o")

Derivation

お and オ originate, via man'yōgana, from the kanji 於.

Variant forms

Scaled-down versions of the kana (ぉ, ォ) are used to express morae foreign to the Japanese language, such as フォ (fo).

Stroke order

The hiragana お is made with three strokes:

  1. A horizontal line from left to right.
  2. A stroke consisting of a vertical line, a small diagonal line going upwards and to the left, and an open curve heading right and downwards.
  3. A small curved stroke on the right.

The katakana オ is made with three strokes:

  1. At the top, a horizontal stroke from left to right.
  2. A downward vertical stroke cutting through the first stroke, with a small hook at the end facing left.
  3. At the intersection of the first two strokes, a diagonal line going downwards and to the left.

Other communicative representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER OKATAKANA LETTER OHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER O
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12362U+304A12458U+30AA65397U+FF75
UTF-8227 129 138E3 81 8A227 130 170E3 82 AA239 189 181EF BD B5
Numeric character referenceおおオオオオ
Shift JIS130 16882 A8131 7383 49181B5
Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER SMALL OKATAKANA LETTER SMALL OHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER SMALL O
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12361U+304912457U+30A965387U+FF6B
UTF-8227 129 137E3 81 89227 130 169E3 82 A9239 189 171EF BD AB
Numeric character referenceぉぉォォォォ
Shift JIS130 16782 A7131 7283 48171AB
  • Braille
お / オ in Japanese Braille
お / オ
o
おう / オー
ō/ou

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