Hiragana Lessons - Stroke Guide to か、き、く、け、こ (Ka, Ki, Ku, Ke, Ko)

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What Is Hiragana?

Hiragana is a part of the Japanese writing system. It is syllabary, which is a set of written characters that represents syllables. Thus, hiragana is a basic phonetic script in Japanese. In most cases, each character corresponds to one syllable though there are few exceptions to this rule.

Hiragana is used in many cases, such as writing particles or miscellaneous words that have no kanji form or an obscure kanji form. 

With the following visual stroke-by-stroke guide, you will learn to write hiragana characters か、き、く、け、こ (ka, ki, ku, ke, ko). 

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Ka -  か

how to write the hiragana ka character

This numbered stroke guide will teach you how to write "ka". Please remember, it is important to follow the stroke order when writing Japanese characters. Learning the proper stroke order will allow you to remember how to draw the character with more ease.

Sample word: かさ (kasa) --- umbrella

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Ki -  き

how to write the hiragana ki character

Learn how to write the hiragana character for "ki" in this simple lesson. 

Sample word: きた (kita) --- north

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Ku - く

how to write the hiragana ku character

Only one stroke, this hiragana character will be easy to remember. 

Sample word: くるま (kuruma) --- car

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Ke -  け

how to write the hiragana ke character

Follow the numbered stroke guide to draw the character "ke". 

Sample word: けむり (kemuri) --- smoke

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Ko -  こ

how to write the hiragana ko character

Only two strokes, this visual guide will show you how to correctly write the hiragana character "ko".

Sample word: こえ (koe) --- voice

 

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More Lessons

If you want to see all 46 hiragana characters and hear the pronunciation for each, check out Hiragana Audio Chart page. Additionally, here is a Handwritten Hiragana Chart.

To learn more about Japanese writing, take a look at Japanese Writing for Beginners.