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お (o) – Hiragana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘o’. Sounds closest to the English ‘o’ in a word such as ‘ore’.


In Japanese writing, the kana お (hiragana) and オ (katakana) occupy the fifth place, between え and か, in the modern Gojūon (五十音) system of collating kana.


Mnemonic 1: It’s a picture of Othello from the Opera. He has finished his performance and is throwing a flower to the audience. The curve beneath him represents the stage.

Mnemonic 2: The face of a big ox is looking right at you. You can see two eyes, and a mouth. Some spit has shot out of the corner of its mouth into its eye.

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