The Japanese writing system is said to be the most complicated of any language in the world. Here are answers to some common questions about this extraordinary system. and gives details about the Japanese native syllabaries hiragana and katakana. discusses the use of Chinese characters in Japanese, which are known as kanji. Other questions on writing discusses other aspects of the Japanese writing system such as how it is taught (see How is Japanese writing taught to Japanese children?) and the names of the many symbols used in writing Japanese that are neither kanji nor kana (see What are the names of the Japanese non-kana, non-kanji symbols?).


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