Infobox Writing system
languages=Japanese, Okinawan and Ainu
Oracle Bone Script
time=~800 C.E. to the present
Kana is a general term for the syllabic Japanese scripts
hiragana(ひらがな) and katakana(カタカナ) as well as the old system known as man'yōgana. These were developed from the logographic characters of Chinese origin known in Japan as Kanji( _ja. 漢字; Chinese pronunciation "hànzì"), as an alternative and adjunct to these latter.
In addition, kana were borrowed into Taiwanese to indicate the
pronunciationof Chinese characters like furiganaduring the Japanese occupation of Taiwan. See Taiwanese kana.
Hiragana and katakana
There is also a small "Katakana Phonetic Extensions" range (U+31F0 ... U+31FF), which includes some extra characters for writing the
Historical kana usage
* [http://www.realkana.com/ Real Kana] Practice hiragana and katakana using different typefaces.
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/japanese_hiragana.htm Origin of Hiragana]
* [http://www.omniglot.com/writing/japanese_katakana.htm Origin of Katakana]
* [http://www.j-talk.com/nihongo/ Change Kanji into Romaji and Hiragana]
* [http://www.qbit.it/lab/kana/ Kana web translator] - Transliterate Kana to Rōmaji
* [http://brng.jp/50renshuu.pdf Kana Copybook (PDF)]
* [http://choplair.org/?en/Kana_no_quiz Kana no quiz] Free/libre and cross-platform educational software to memorize Japanese kana pronouncing & transcription.
* [http://www.japancalligraphy.eu/kana/ Japanese calligraphy. Kana]
* [http://www.kanaquest.com/ KanaQuest] Memorize Japanese words and kana with multiple quizzes.
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