Learn to read Hiragana — the Japanese “alphabet” — by memorizing a poem! The Iroha Poem contains every symbol of the Japanese syllabary except for n (ん). Iroha (いろは) is a kana ordering based on a poem which contains each kana once. This ordering is still used today, and it is not unusual to see items numbered i. The Iroha is an archaic Japanese poem that was once used to order the kana syllabary. Its first known copy dates to ; at the time it was written, it contained .

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Iroha Poem

Iroha Uta Japanese Alphabet Write your name in Japanese in katakana or hiragana Write your name in kanji chinese letter Write your name in Japanese in katakana or hiragana Find kanji for your irlha. How many You’s are you? How do you call your wife?


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A traditional Japanese Alphabet to Japanese Edition enlarge. First of all, I must tell you. The content here is no use for learning japanese language unless you are interested in japanese ancient literatures.

But I think it help understanding the peculiarity of japanese culture. Japanese alphabet forms a poem with deep meaning.

The picture left side above shows the so-called “iroha” the japanese alphabet in the brush pen handwritten style. In older days before late ‘s, brush pens were the only tool of writing. Every learned parsons in older days wrote this elegant style of letters. There are forty-eight letters as shown at the page of Japanese letters. The picture right side above shows it using “kanji” Chinese chracters according to the meaning thus making the meaning a bit clearer.


The reading is as below.