Memorising the Hiragana
Personal Project, 2018
After several failed attempts, I’m trying once again to learn Japanese. This time, I’ve decided to learn it properly, starting with the Hiragana, the ‘ordinary’ or ‘simple’ Kana. The Hiragana is a Japanese syllabary that sits alongside the Kanji and Katakana as one component of the Japanese writing system. It is a phonetic lettering system that consists of 46 basic characters and 62 modified forms.
In order to memorise the Hiragana I’ve adopted a mnemonic system to remember each character, equating its sound to a memorable word and image. This is the first set of symbols, known as the ‘A’ series – A Aikido – I Sneeze – U Boo – E Ferry – O Oasis. After weeks of repetitively drawing each symbol I have become increasingly appreciative of each character’s simplistic beauty and graphic strength.