The Y family in hiragana

Meet the Y family in hiragana and learn how to correctly write your strokes!

The Y family in hiragana

YA = や

The hiragana YA reminds me of the image of a Japanese man cutting a log in half with an axe. As the Japanese is a kendo student, he gives a shout (YA!) for every ax blow that is dealt to the torso.

Hiragana YA stroke order - Y family in hiragana

YU = ゆ

What do you see in hiragana YU? I see a big nose with a tremendous toothpick stuck in it. Similar to those Indians we see on TV, where they appear with things stuck in their ears, mouth and nose. Now imagine the whole tribe with the toothpick in their nose dancing around a fire and singing YU, YU, YU…. (hehe)

Hiragana YU stroke order

YO = よ

This time I will owe the association of the sound with the symbol. The most I could see in the YO symbol was the drawing of a dog turned horizontally. The first trace would be the hind leg design and, the second stroke, forms the head and front legs. If it's not too forced, try to imagine that this dog barks something like YOK, YOK, YOK!.

Hiragana YO stroke order

Japanese calligraphy exercise

Select the Japanese alphabet symbols and click the Generate button in the Worksheet for Kana and Kanji Practice . Then a new window will open with the file for printing. Then just print it out, cover the gray hiragana symbols and then try to write it yourself. Just print and practice!