Languages › Japanese Hiragana Wa or Hiragana Ha? Share Flipboard Email Print 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 April 21, 2019 There is a rule for writing hiragana wa（わ）and ha（は）. When wa is used as a particle, it is written hiragana ha. It is also important to understand the participle wa compared to other participles. Please see the following sentences. Watashi wa gakusei desu. わたし は 学生 です。Kono neko wa kawaii desu. この 猫 は かわいい です。 "Wa" of "watashi" is a part of a noun and "wa" of "kawaii" is a part of an adjective. Therefore, they are written as わ, not は in hiragana.