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ウ (u) – Katakana


– Pronounced as the Japanese ‘u’. Imagine ‘oo’ as in ‘cool’ or ‘moo’.


う in hiragana or ウ in katakana (romanised u) is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represents one mora. In the modern Japanese system of alphabetical order, they occupy the third place in the modern Gojūon (五十音) system of collating kana. In the Iroha, they occupied the 24th position, between む and ゐ.


Mnemonic 1: It’s the same ‘u’ shape that has twisted out of place as from the Hiragana Mnemonic. This time the ‘u’ has straightened out and the top part has connected to the base of the shape. The ‘u’ has also grown a straight tail going down vertically. “Ooo!” It’s quite impressive, isn’t it?

Mnemonic 2: If you stand under this roof, it will protect you from the rain. The curved stroke on the right represents water pouring off the side.

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