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Japanese

Stroke order
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Etymology

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji , taken from the left part of the character.

Katakana character

(romaji i)

  1. The /i/ phoneme, typically in words of non-Japanese origin.
  2. The second character in the gojūon ordering of katakana. The previous character is (a) and the next character is (u). The equivalent hiragana character is (i).

Usage notes

(i) is used to represent the sound of the mora /i/ in words of non-Japanese origin. To represent the vowel sound /i/ as a component of non-Japanese syllables with corresponding Japanese morae, the other katakana characters are used instead, e.g. リ (ri), ミ (mi) or ヒ (hi). The scaled-down version (i) is used instead for the vowel sound /i/ in syllables that begin with a consonant sound and do not correspond with Japanese morae.

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