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Ru (kana)

ru
transliterationru
hiragana origin
katakana origin
spelling kana留守居のル Rusui no "ru"

, in hiragana, or in katakana, is one of the Japanese kana, each of which represent one mora. The hiragana is written in one stroke; the katakana in two. Both represent the sound [ɾɯ] (About this soundlisten). The Ainu language uses a small katakana ㇽ to represent a final r sound after an u sound (ウㇽ ur).

Form Rōmaji Hiragana Katakana
Normal r-
(ら行 ra-gyō)
Ru
ruu
るう, るぅ
るー
ルウ, ルゥ
ルー

Stroke order

Stroke order in writing る
Stroke order in writing る
Stroke order in writing ル
Stroke order in writing ル

The hiragana for ru (る) is made with one stroke, and its katakana form (ル) is made with two.

る (hiragana) begins with a vertical stroke to the right, followed by a slightly longer, angular stroke going down and to the left. Finally, a curve and loop are added to the bottom that somewhat resembles the hiragana no (の). The character as a whole is visually similar to the hiragana for ro (ろ).

ル (katakana) is made by first making a curved stroke going down and to the left, and is followed by a stroke that first goes straight down, and then a curved line going up and to the right.

Stroke order in writing る
Stroke order in writing ル

Other communicative representations

Character
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER RU KATAKANA LETTER RU HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER RU KATAKANA LETTER SMALL RU
Encodings decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex decimal hex
Unicode 12427 U+308B 12523 U+30EB 65433 U+FF99 12797 U+31FD
UTF-8 227 130 139 E3 82 8B 227 131 171 E3 83 AB 239 190 153 EF BE 99 227 135 189 E3 87 BD
Numeric character reference る る ル ル ル ル ㇽ ㇽ
Shift JIS 130 233 82 E9 131 139 83 8B 217 D9
  • Braille
る / ル in Japanese Braille
る / ル
ru
るう / ルー
Other kana based on Braille
りゅ / リュ
ryu
りゅう / リュー
ryū
⠙ (braille pattern dots-145) ⠙ (braille pattern dots-145)⠒ (braille pattern dots-25) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4)⠙ (braille pattern dots-145) ⠈ (braille pattern dots-4)⠙ (braille pattern dots-145)⠒ (braille pattern dots-25)

Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 3.svg Japanese Semaphore Basic Stroke 7.svg

See also