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ノ (no) – Katakana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘no’. Sounds closest to an English ‘no’ as in ‘not’.


の, in hiragana, or ノ in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. In the gojūon system of ordering of Japanese syllables, it occupies the 25th position, between ね (ne) and は (ha).


Mnemonic 1: Imagine that this character is quite simply a ‘note’ pen.

Mnemonic 2: ‘No!’ – This firm diagonal stroke represents strong disapproval. Imagine the gesture you might make with your hand as you tell someone not to do something.

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