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む (mu) – Hiragana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘mu’. Imagine a cow quietly going ‘moo’. Pronounce the two o’s as if in the word ‘cool’.


む, in hiragana, or ム in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, which each represent one mora. The hiragana is made in three strokes, while the katakana in two. It represents nothingness, or the state of oblivion upon death, if written alone.


Mnemonic 1: This is a man, lying down, looking at the ‘moon’ through a cross-shaped telescope. A shooting star (top right) goes past in the night sky.

Mnemonic 2: This is the right side of a cow’s face. You can see the cow’s ear towards the right.

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