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英語でひらがなの成り立ちを説明する History of Hiragana


Hiragana developed from man'yōgana, Chinese characters used for their pronunciations, a practice that started in the 5th century.[6] 

The forms of the hiragana originate from the cursive script style of Chinese calligraphy

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When it was first developed, hiragana was not accepted by everyone. The educated or elites preferred to use only the kanji system. Historically, in Japan, the regular script (kaisho) form of the characters was used by men and called otokode (男手), "men's writing", while the cursive script (sōsho) form of the kanji was used by women. Hence hiragana first gained popularity among women, who were generally not allowed access to the same levels of education as men. And thus hiragana was first widely used among court women in the writing of personal communications and literature.[8] From this comes the alternative name of onnade (女手) "women's writing".[9] For example, The Tale of Genji and other early novels by female authors used hiragana extensively or exclusively. Male authors came to write literature using hiragana. Hiragana was used for unofficial writing such as personal letters, while katakana and Chinese were used for official documents

Hiragana - Wikipedia


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