I researched several dictionaries and I am unable to precisely identify the term. Thank you.


They are called 「へり」 or 「畳{たたみ}(の)へり」.

The pitch accent is on the 「り」, which would mean that many J-learners would tend to pronounce the word incorrectly by placing the accent on the first syllable 「へ」.

It is 「[へり]{LH}」.

Put the accent on the 「へ」 and you will be saying the katakana word 「ヘリ」 meaning "helicopter" instead -- 「[ヘリ]{HL}」.

enter image description here

  • 1
    It's interesting that many japanese native speakers I speak to, complain that in english you sometimes change the pronunciation of a character, that it isnt't phonetic. But japanese itself also has it's own tricks when it comes to pronunciation, right? – Felipe Chaves de Oliveira Mar 9 '17 at 13:45

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.