Wa (kana)

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. It represents [wa] and has origins in the character 和. There is also a small ゎ/ヮ, that is used to write the morae /kwa/ and /gwa/ (くゎ, ぐゎ), which are obsolete in contemporary standard Japanese but still exist in the Ryukyuan languages. Katakana ワ is also sometimes written with dakuten, ヷ, to represent a /va/ sound in foreign words; however, most IMEs lack a convenient way to write this. It is far more common to represent the /va/ sound with the combination ヴァ.

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal w-
(わ行 wa-gyō)
wa
waa
, wah
わあ, わぁ
わー
ワア, ワァ
ワー
wa
transliterationwa
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kanaわらびのワ Warabi no "wa"

The kana は (ha) is read as “wa” when it represents a particle.

Stroke order

Other representations

Character
Unicode nameHIRAGANA LETTER WAKATAKANA LETTER WAHALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER WAHIRAGANA LETTER SMALL WAKATAKANA LETTER SMALL WA
Encodingsdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhexdecimalhex
Unicode12431U+308F12527U+30EF65436U+FF9C12430U+308E12526U+30EE
UTF-8227 130 143E3 82 8F227 131 175E3 83 AF239 190 156EF BE 9C227 130 142E3 82 8E227 131 174E3 83 AE
Numeric character referenceわわワワワワゎゎヮヮ
Shift JIS130 23782 ED131 14383 8F220DC130 23682 EC131 14283 8E
  • Braille
わ / ワ in Japanese Braille
わ / ワ
wa

va
わあ / ワー
ヷー
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