Friday, November 11, 2016

furigana ふりがな

In Japanese, furigana 振り仮名 is a text written next to a certain character, word, or phrase, that shows how you're supposed to read it.

For example: 振り仮名(ふりがな) shows the word furigana 振り仮名, spelled with kanji, and, inside parentheses, how to read it: fu-ri-ga-na ふりがな, spelled with hiragana 平仮名.

A diagram of what is furigana, showing hiragana readings on kanji