Languages › Japanese Hiragana Lessons - Stroke Guide to な、に、ぬ、ね、の (Na, Ni, Nu, Ne, No) Share Flipboard Email Print Photography by ZhangXun / Getty Images Japanese Essential Japanese Vocabulary History & Culture Japanese Grammar By Namiko Abe Japanese Language Expert B.A., Kwansei Gakuin University Namiko Abe is a Japanese language teacher and translator, as well as a Japanese calligraphy expert. She has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. our editorial process Namiko Abe Updated August 30, 2017 01 of 07 What Is Hiragana? Hiragana is a part of the Japanese writing system. It is syllabary, which is a set of written characters that represent 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 articles 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 な、に、ぬ、ね、の (na , ni, nu, ne, no). 02 of 07 Na - な This step-by-step visual guide will teach you how to write "na". In each of these guides, remember to follow the stroke order when writing the Japanese character. Learning the proper stroke order is a great way to help you to remember how to draw the character. Sample word: なまえ (namae) --- name 03 of 07 Ni - に Learn how to write the hiragana character for "ni". Sample word: にほん (nihon) --- Japan 04 of 07 Nu - ぬ While it looks complicated, the hiragana character "nu" is actually really easy to write. Follow this visual stroke guide. Sample word: ぬま (numa) --- swamp 05 of 07 Ne - ね This is the proper stroke order for the character "ne". Sample word: ねこ (neko) --- cat 06 of 07 No - の Only one stroke, this visual guide will show you the correct way to write "no". Sample word: のど (nodo) --- throat 07 of 07 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.