Ru (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represent one mora. The hiragana is written in one stroke; the katakana in two. Both represent the sound [ɾɯ] (listen). The Ainu language uses a small katakana ㇽ to represent a final r sound after an u sound (ウㇽ ur).

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal r-
(ら行 ra-gyō)
Ru
ruu
るう, るぅ
るー
ルウ, ルゥ
ルー
ru
transliterationru
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana留守居のル Rusui no "ru"

Stroke order

The hiragana for ru (る) is made with one stroke, and its katakana form (ル) is made with two.

る (hiragana) begins with a vertical stroke to the right, followed by a slightly longer, angular stroke going down and to the left. Finally, a curve and loop are added to the bottom that somewhat resembles the hiragana no (の). The character as a whole is visually similar to the hiragana for ro (ろ).

ル (katakana) is made by first making a curved stroke going down and to the left, and is followed by a stroke that first goes straight down, and then a curved line going up and to the right.

Other communicative representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER RUKATAKANA LETTER RUHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER RUKATAKANA LETTER SMALL RU
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12427U+308B12523U+30EB65433U+FF9912797U+31FD
UTF-8227 130 139E3 82 8B227 131 171E3 83 AB239 190 153EF BE 99227 135 189E3 87 BD
Numeric character referenceるるルルルルㇽㇽ
Shift JIS130 23382 E9131 13983 8B217D9
  • Braille
る / ル in Japanese Braille
る / ル
ru
るう / ルー
Other kana based on Braille
りゅ / リュ
ryu
りゅう / リュー
ryū

See also


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