E (Kana)

TheえKana ( Hiragana ) andエ( Katakana ) ( romanised e) occupies the fourth place in the Japanese alphabet. In modern Gojūon system (五十 音) it is located betweenうandお. In Iroha it occupies the 34th place betweenこandて. In the adjacent table ( ordered by columns, from right to left )えis in the first column (あ行, "A column " ) and in the fourth row (え 段, "E - series" ). Both represent [ s ].


えandエhave originated via Man'yōgana, in the kanji江衣and respectively.

The obsolete Kanaゑ( we), as well as much later use of the signへ(he), found its way into modern Japanese language asえ. The directional particleへis now pronounced " e", but not writtenえ. This is comparable withは(ha) andを(wo), this Kana be "wa" and "o" pronounced when they are used as grammatical particles.

If introduced or followed by / i / or / n the Kana / is often pronounced by speakers [ ʲ e], which leads to Romanization as yen ( writtenえん), Yedo (えど) Yebisu (えびす), and so on.


The reduced forms of kana (ぇ,ェ) are used to represent in the Japanese language external monitor, for exampleヴェ(ve).


In the Hepburn system, Kunrei - shiki and Nihon - shiki romanization systems are bothえandエtranscribed with "e". In Polivanov system for the transliteration into Cyrillic, kana be translated as " э ".

Stroke order

The Hiraganaえis drawn with two strokes:

The katakanaエconsists of three lines:

Other forms of presentation

  • In Japanese Braille:
  • The Wabun Code is - · ---.
  • In the Japanese phonetic order, it would read, "英語 の エ" ( Eigo no E).