Last modified on 12 December 2014, at 22:28

Character  へ 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER HE
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3078
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Etymology 1Edit

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

PronunciationEdit

SyllableEdit

(Hepburn romanization he)

  1. The hiragana syllable (he), whose equivalent in katakana is (he). It is the twenty-ninth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (HA-gyō, E-dan; “row HA, section E”).
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Japanese. Possibly cognate with Korean particle (e).

PronunciationEdit

ParticleEdit

(romaji e)

  1. to, towards
    へ (e) indicates a destination or movement toward something. When used in this sense, it is pronounced e instead of he.
    日本 (にほん)ようこそ!
    Nihon e yōkoso!
    Welcome to Japan!
    銀行 (ぎんこう) ()った。
    Ginkō e itta.
    [I] went to the bank.
SynonymsEdit
  • (​ni): to, at
    In the sense indicating destination, the particles (e) and (ni) are often interchangeable, though there is a slight difference of connotation or emphasis. (e) emphasizes the journey to the destination, while (ni) emphasizes the arrival at the destination.

Etymology 3Edit

Reading of various kanji.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

(romaji he)