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From my experience, furigana can be written in either but it is usually written in hiragana. There are a few exceptions that will almost always be written in katakana, but I've only seen one or two words so far that do that. In other circumstance (not articles, books, papers, etc) katakana may be used. For example, when filling out paperwork in Japan, ...


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What you're talking about is called furigana (振り仮名). It's normally written in hiragana script, except maybe in dictionaries sometimes when katakana is used to indicate the Chinese reading. Another case for using katakana as furigana is when you want to write a foreign pronunciation for a word written in kanji. The Wikipedia page for furigana gives the ...


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Furigana is used to clarify how a word should be pronounced. It's common in books for children, since children probably aren't familiar enough with kanji to be able to read the text. With the furigana at the side, they can figure out what the word means based on the pronunciation, while at the same time they can learn the kanji and will be able to recognize ...


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Hiragana and katakana are both phonetic (sound-based) writing systems. Furigana is used to show the phonetic reading of a kanji (or sometimes even Latin lettering). It is not used with katakana because katakana is already phonetic, so its pronunciation is unambiguous. For example, my name (Eric), in katakana, would be エリック. You could express this ...



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