What is the difference between Katakana and Hiragana?
• Japanese Writing System:
• Kana, Kanji, and Romaji are the three major systems of writing the Japanese language.
• Hiragana and Katakana are both subsystems of writing Japanese in the Kana system of writing.
• Hiragana is older than Katakana having been used since 1st century AD.
• Katakana originated as late as 1000 AD.
• Hiragana characters are rounded.
• Katakana characters are angular in appearance.
• Hiragana script is used to spell traditional Japanese words.
• Katakana is used to spell words of foreign origin.
• It is Hiragana that is more formal and used for writing books and letters.
• Katakana is more for taking shorthand.
• Type of Writing:
• Both Katakana and Hiragana are syllabic writing. That means every letter in these alphabets only carry a syllable such as o.
These are the differences between Katakana and Hiragana.