Ku (Kana)

く, in Hiragana, or Katakanaクare Japanese characters of the kana system, or listen to the hiragana and katakana writing systems. They represent both a Mora. In the modern Japanese alphabetical order they are in eighth place. Theくis also the 28th letter in Iroha, immediately after and beforeやお. In the Gojūon table ( sorted by columns from left to right) standsかin the second column (か行, " column Ka " ) and in the third row (う 段, " row U"). Both represent [ ku ͍ ] dar.

In the Ainu language, the Katakanaクcan be written in the reduced version ㇰ to represent the final consonants k, as inアイヌイタㇰ ITAK Ainu ( Ainu language ). This case was like other extensions of the katakana developed to Ainu sounds that occur in normal Japanese Katakana represent, can.


The shape of both Kana is derived from the kanji久. This is pronounced in modern standard Chinese as jiǔ, in Korean as gu.


The Kana can use the Dakuten toぐin Hiragana to Katakanaグand will thus be increased to gu Hepburn system. The phonetic value is modified to the form [ gu ͍ ] at the beginning and varies between [ nu ͍ ] and [ ɣu ͍ ] in the middle of the word.

The hand- acute (゜) does not occur with ku on in normal Japanese texts. However, it is sometimes used by linguists to the nasal pronunciation [ NU ͍ ] to suggest.

Stroke order

The Hiraganaくis drawn with a line:

The Katakanaクis drawn with two strokes:

Other forms of presentation

  • In Japanese Braille:
  • The Wabun code is · · · -.
  • In the Japanese phonetic order it would read, "クラブ の ク" ( Kurabu no Ku ).