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The Japanese writing system is made up of Kanji, ideographs from Chinese Characters (up to 60,000 symbols), Hiragana, a syllabary used for Japanese words (about 45 symbols), and Katakana, used for foreign words (about 45 symbols).

Japanese writing system - Wikipedia

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The modern Japanese writing system is a combination of two character types: logographic kanji, which are adopted Chinese characters, and syllabic kana.

The Writing System | Learn Japanese

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Chinese characters, called Kanji in Japanese, are also heavily used in the Japanese writing. Most of the words in the Japanese written language are written in ...

Writing Systems and Pronunciation | Learn Japanese

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The Japanese writing system is comprised of three main written scripts: Hiragana , Katakana, and Kanji. Hiragana is the main phonetic writing system used to ...

How to Write in Japanese - A Beginner's Guide

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This is a comprehensive guide on how to write in Japanese. You'll learn the origins of the different scripts and how to distinguish between them.

Japanese, A Beautifully Complex Writing System – Smashing ...

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Mar 5, 2012 ... Modern Japanese is written in a mixture of three basic scripts: Kanji — which are Chinese ideographic symbols — as well as Hiragana and ...

Ancient Scripts: Japanese

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The Japanese writing system is an interesting mixture of innovation and tradition. It combines a set of Chinese logograms and two Chinese-derived syllabaries ...

Japanese/Japanese writing system - Wikibooks, open books for an ...

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The Japanese language uses three different systems for writing. There are two syllabaries—hiragana and katakana—which have characters for each basic mora ...

Written and spoken Japanese - Omniglot

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Before the 4th century AD, the Japanese had no writing system of their own. During the 5th century they began to import and adapt the Chinese script, along with ...

Can Japanese be written right to left? - sci.lang.japan FAQ

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There are basically two directions in which Japanese can be written, from top to bottom, called tategaki (縦書き), and from left to right, called Yokogaki (横書き).