Hiragana う is derived from 宇 (pronounced u).

Stroke order

Derived from

Both う and ウ are derived from 宇 (pronounced u).


  • Scaled-down versions of the characters (ぅ, ゥ) are used to create new sounds such as トゥ (tu).
  • う can also lengthen “~o” sounds.
  • ウ can make ヴ (vu), a which is a foreign sound typically using ブ (bu) instead.

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