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This is the description of the Japanese book 告白 by Kanae Minato. In the picture, in red, are two instances of a character I suppose to be a hiragana.

But I have never seen it and can't find it anywhere on the internet.

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Through context I think it might be a contracted form of ここ, but is there even such a thing as contracting two hiragana in one? How do we call it so I can find more info of that on the internet?

I will very much appreciate if you guys could enlighten me on the meaning of it.

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  • I have just remembered about 〆切 that represents a contraction of 締め, and it led me to this page below. Would this be, in the image, the top character in the one highlighted in red? Did I really get it right that it means ここ? 😱 en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E3%82%9D#Japanese
    – Francis
    Jun 24, 2023 at 20:43
  • I tried to find this description on Amazon Japan... And found it... It is a と! But how on earth is this a と? ➡️➡️➡️ 語り手が「級友」「犯人」「犯人の家族」と次々と変わり、次第に事件の全体像が浮き彫りにされていく。
    – Francis
    Jun 24, 2023 at 21:19
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    と originates from the kanji 止. If you investigate how this is written in cursive (草書), you will see how this might be a valid way to write the kana.
    – jogloran
    Jun 25, 2023 at 3:18
  • I think the を on the third (full) line which traces the same curve in its lower right should be a good clue as to what character this turns out to be.
    – tobi_s
    Jun 26, 2023 at 3:03

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It's a cursive version of と like the one in the picture, but written more stylistically     

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This style of と is found in fonts like 築地体初号仮名, an archaic looking font developed by Morisawa. It's a reproduction of a particular set of movable type, and other font makers might have similar looking ones, but Morisawa's particularly looks similar to me.

Here is a sample provided by Morisawa: 築地体初号仮名

So what you have found is not an instance of hiragana contractions and shorthands. If you are looking for them, they are called kana ligatures (合略仮名). ゟ for より is one of them.

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It is not a contraction but a design of と. It is supposed to represent the beginning of the stroke written with a brush.

You can see the same style in し in 亡くした on the fourth line. On this, the following contains more information.


The closest I can find is a font named GL-築地五号

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For a similar thing in Latin alphabets, you can think about the difference between a and a, or between modern scripts and uncial scripts.

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