Katakana イ

Japanese Katakana I

Section Vowels
Katakana Man'yōgana
Stroke Number 2

in katakana (romanised as i) is one of the Japanese kana each of which represents one mora. い is based on the sōsho style of the kanji character 以, and イ is from the radical (left part) of the kanji character 伊. In the modern Japanese system of alphabetical order, it occupies the second position of the alphabet, between and . Additionally, it is the first letter in Iroha, before ろ. In order to write the hiragana い, draw a curve, not entirely unlike a parenthesis, downward stroke with a hook, and then draw a smaller, floating curve to the right side. Both represent the sound [i]. In the Ainu language, katakana イ is written as y in their Latin-based alphabet, and a small ィ after another katakana represents a diphthong.

Form variantsEdit

Form Rōmaji Katakana
Normal a/i/u/e/o
(あ行 a-gyō)
Ii, yi
イイ, イィ
Other additional forms
Form (Y-)
Rōmaji Katakana
Ya Yasmine (ヤスミン Yasumin)
Yu Universe (ユニバース Yunibāsu)
Ye イェ Yellow (イェロー Yerō)
Yo Yawn (ヨーン Yōn)

Pronunciation Edit

(Examples) Words with 'イ' Edit

'イ' at the beginning Edit

'イ' in the middle Edit

'イ' at the end Edit

Stroke order Edit


Stroke order in writing イ

Katakana イ stroke order animation

Stroke order in writing イ

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