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Japanese syllabaries (alias for Hiragana + Katakana)Hrkt

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Hiragana and Katakana symbols with Roman equivalents
Unicode Status (Hiragana + Katakana)
Unicode Status (Hiragana)
Unicode Status (Katakana)

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  • Hiragana appears on the left of each column (pink background), Katakana in the middle of each column (blue background), and the Roman transcription of each character on the right of each column (grey background).

    Source Wikipedia
    CopyrightReleased by copyright holder into the public domain
    LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Allows modification and redistribution
    ContributorSteph Holloway
  • The two kanas are encoded separately in Unicode, Hiragana is discussed on the Unicode Status (Hiragana) page and Katakana is discussed on the Unicode Status (Katakana) page.

    ContributorScriptSource Staff
  • In The Unicode Standard, Hiragana implementation is discussed in  Chapter 18 East Asia.

    Hiragana was first encoded in The Unicode Standard version 1.0. The script is encoded in the following blocks:

    BlocksCharacter RangeAdded in Unicode VersionDocumentation
    Hiragana 3040..309F 1.0  U3040
    Kana Supplement 1B001 6.0  U1B000
    Enclosed Ideographic Supplement 1F200 5.2  U1F200

    Subsequent to version 1.1, the following characters have been added to the Hiragana block:

    CharactersUnicode VersionDocumentation
    3095..3096 3.2  n2092.pdf,  n2195.doc L2/00-098
    309F 3.2  n2092.pdf,  n2195.doc L2/00-098
    1F23B 9.0  

    Documentation refers to  ISO Working Group and Unicode proposals

    A number of documents have been submitted to the Unicode Technical Committee and WG2:

    2000-03-15 Rationale for non-Kanji characters proposed by JCS committee — Japan NB ( WG2 N2092,  WG2 N2195.doc ,  L2/00-098)

    2000-09-20 Ad hoc Report on Japan feedback N2257 and N2258 — T. K. Sato, Michael Everson, Ken Whistler, Asmus Freytag (WG2 N2278,  L2/00-342)

    2004-05-12 Hiragana_or_Katakana value of Script property should die — John Cowan ( L2/04-160)

    2004-06-17 Katakana_Or_Hiragana and UTR#29 — Mark Davis ( L2/04-152)

    2009-02-15 A proposal for encoding the hentaigana characters — Jeroen Ruigrok van der Werven ( WG2 N3698,  L2/09-099)

    2011-06-01 Notes on hentaigana — Japan NB ( WG2 N4091,  WG2 N4091.doc,  L2/11-229)

    2015-07-22 Request for Comments on HENTAIGANA proposal (WG2 N4670; with repertoire attached) — Japan N.B. / Tetsuji Orita ( L2/15-193)

    2015-09-18 Proposal of Japanese HENTAIGANA — Japan N.B. ( L2/15-239)

    2015-10-31 Hentaigana List after Matsue discussion — Shuichi Tashiro ( L2/15-300)

    2015-11-03 About the inclusion of standardized codepoints for Hentaigana — Tomokazu Takada, et al ( L2/15-316)

    2015-11-04 About the inclusion of standardized codepoints for Hentaigana (also XLSX sheet) — Tsutomu Yada ( L2/15-318)

    2015-12-09 Revised Proposal of HENTAIGANA (replaces L2/15-193; with repertoire attached; see also spreadsheet) — Japan N.B. / Tetsuji Orita ( L2/15-343)

    UTC #147 Minutes ( L2/16-121) (See C.3 for decision and action items)

    2015-12-09 Hentaigana proposal — Nicolas Tranter ( L2/15-334)

    2015-12-16 Hentaigana Comment Document — Ken Lunde ( L2/16-053)

    UTC #147 Minutes ( L2/16-121) (See C.3 for decision and action items)

    2016-01-26 Hentaigana Unification Candidates — Ken Lunde ( L2/16-040)

    2016-04-28 Status of hentaigana proposal — Ken Lunde ( L2/16-085)

    UTC #147 Minutes ( L2/16-121) (See C.3 for decision and action items)

    2016-05-10 Proposal for Japanese vowels with the voiced sound mark as named sequences — Hiroyuki Komatsu ( L2/16-133)

    UTC #147 Minutes ( L2/16-121) (See B.15.5 for decision and action items)

    2016-06-20 Revised Proposal of Hentaigana (with associated spreadsheet) — Japan N.B. ( L2/16-188)

    Recommendations to UTC #148 August 2016 on Script Proposals — Deborah Anderson, Ken Whistler, Rick McGowan, Roozbeh Pournader, Andrew Glass, Laurentiu Iancu, and Lisa Moore ( L2/16-216) (See section 6a for recommendations)

    UTC #148 Minutes ( L2/16-203) (See C.3.1 for decision and action items)

    2016-06-20 Proposal to add a new character name alias to U+1B001 — Japan N.B. ( L2/16-189)

    Recommendations to UTC #148 August 2016 on Script Proposals — Deborah Anderson, Ken Whistler, Rick McGowan, Roozbeh Pournader, Andrew Glass, Laurentiu Iancu, and Lisa Moore ( L2/16-216) (See section 6b for recommendations)

    UTC #148 Minutes ( L2/16-203) (See B.15.2 for decision and action items)

    ContributorScriptSource Staff
  • In The Unicode Standard, Katakana implementation is discussed in  Chapter 18 East Asia.

    Katakana was first encoded in The Unicode Standard version 1.0. The script is now encoded in the following blocks:

    BlocksCharacter RangeAdded in Unicode VersionDocumentation
    Katakana 30A0..30FF 1.0  U30A0.pdf
    Katakana Phonetic Extensions 31F0..31FF 3.2  U31F0.pdf
    Enclosed CJK Letters and Months 32D0..32FE 1.1  U3200.pdf
    CJK Compatibility 3300..3357 1.1  U3300.pdf
    Halfwidth Katakana FF00..FFEF 1.1  UFF00.pdf
    Kana Supplement 1B000..1B0FF 6.0  U1B000.pdf

    Subsequent to version 1.1, the following characters have been added to the Katakana blocks:

    CharactersUnicode VersionDocumentation
    30A0 3.2  n2195.doc L2/00-098
    30FF 3.2  n2092.pdf,  n2195.doc L2/00-098
    31F0..31FF 3.2
    1B000..1B001 6.0  n3388.pdf L2/07-421

    Documentation refers to  ISO Working Group and Unicode proposals

    A number of documents have been submitted to the Unicode Technical Committee and WG2:

    2000-03-15 Rationale for non-Kanji characters proposed by JCS committee — Japan NB ( WG2 N2092,  WG2 N2195.doc,  L2/00-098)

    2000-09-20 Ad hoc Report on Japan feedback N2257 and N2258 — T. K. Sato, Michael Everson, Ken Whistler, Asmus Freytag (WG2 N2278,  L2/00-342)

    2004-05-12Hiragana_or_Katakana value of Script property should die — John Cowan ( L2/04-160)

    2004-06-17 Katakana_Or_Hiragana and UTR#29 — Mark Davis ( L2/04-152)

    2008-01-14 Proposal to encode two Kana characters concerning YE — Nozomu Katō ( WG2 N3388,  L2/07-421)

    2008-07-14 Letter from Nozomu Kato to UTC, re Kana — Nozomu Katō ( L2/08-257 - limited access to UTC members only)
    2009-01-28 Background Info on "e" Letters in Kana — Nozomu Katō ( L2/09-062)

    2010-04-29 Report of Phonetic Kana Usage for Lingua Latina — Nozomu Katō ( L2/10-153)

    2011-02-09 Proposal to add two kana characters — Ken Lunde ( WG2 N3987,  L2/10-468)

    2011-05-30 Comment on "two kana" proposal — Japan NB ( WG2 N4087,  WG2 N4087.doc,  L2/11-228)

    2011-06-08 A response regarding small ko — Masahiro Sekiguchi ( WG2 N4108,  WG2 N4108.doc)

    2016-05-10 Proposal for Japanese vowels with the voiced sound mark as named sequences — Hiroyuki Komatsu ( L2/16-133)

    UTC #147 Minutes ( L2/16-121) (See B.15.5 for decision and action items)

    ContributorScriptSource Staff

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