According to this page , there are multiple Hentaigana express あ. How do I decide which to use?


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    what's your reason for wanting to use hentaigana? (also your question in English and the other in Japanese aren't really asking the same thing.)
    – A.Ellett
    Feb 26, 2017 at 15:13

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As far as I am aware no-one has attempted to study usage patterns of hentaigana in classical texts, and from what I have been told by my professor it appears to be mainly an aesthetic choice on the part of the author. I think you can freely use whichever one you think looks the best in any given construction, without worrying about whether it is "correct" in that situation.


I hope I can recognize correctly what you asked.

Hentaigana are not used normally in contemporary Japanese. Instead, they use standard Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) and Kanji. Calligraphers often use Hentaigana in their production which is just for art and not intended for practical use.

Long long ago, men in Japan learned Kanji from China and there had not yet been Kana at that time. Kanji was so difficult for them that they made Kana from Kanji as phonogram which has no meanings but sounds. a Kana character is matched at a specific Kanji character (1:1). Thus Kana is specified by a character, but there are many Kanji of a same pronunciation therefore someone began to venture to use other characters for art (e.g. 'The Anthology of Myriad Leaves') who was women mainly. So Hentaigana has born.

Modern people don't use Hentaigana, but artists or trickers.

  • Hentaiganaares not used normally in contemporary Japanese. Instead, they use standard Kana (Hiragana and Katakana) and Kanji - I know that because I'm Japanese(ネイティブです), but I want to know how to use Hentaigana properly. Any suggestions?
    – ra1ned
    Mar 2, 2017 at 8:24
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    @sun-solar-arrow I am sorry, I have no idea for what you want. You may find something better out of a sort of documents for Japanese cursive characters, I guess.
    – user20111
    Mar 2, 2017 at 8:47

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