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Kana (かな, i.e. “Japanese kana calligraphy script”)

Kana may have two meanings. One of them is 仮名 (かな, kana) which means “a syllabary”, and it is a reference to hiragana (平仮名, ひらがな) and katakana (片仮名, かたかな), both of which are presently in use, or any other kana that is officially discontinued (such as hentaigana, 変体仮名, へんたいがな). On the other hand, it can mean かな (kana), which is a calligraphy script, characteristic only to Japan, and it is based on hiragana. For in-depth explanation, please refer to the kana section of our website.

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