top of page
  • Writer's pictureCopywriter Kazuo Nakamura

50 smarter kanji to write in hiragana

~ If you unify with hiragana, you will not have to worry about notation fluctuation ~

No.006|A.Copy basics|A-002

KA-NA means Japanese kana, hiragana, and katakana.
What is "shaking of notation"?

In fields such as copywriting and editing, the inconsistent characters are referred to as "the notation is shaken."

Nowadays, many companies operate and publish various media such as corporate websites, pamphlets, promotional materials, advertisements, LPs (landing pages), banners, e-mail newsletters, SNS, etc. It has become one of the troublesome issues that arise, and it is widely recognized in the world so that it can be described in the pamphlet before you know it.

Notation shaking

Inconsistent script terms. In the same document or book, words that should be used with the same sound and synonym are written differently. "Memory" and "memory", "moving" and "moving", etc. Shake of notation.

Digital Daijisen (Shogakukan) 

By the way, in the textbook, it is explained as "notational fluctuation" in this way.


Measures to prevent the notation from shaking

As a measure to prevent the notation from fluctuating, as mentioned in the previous section, it is common to prepare guidelines called "notation table" and "notation rule".

Alternatively, it is also a typical measure to rely on handbooks such as " Reporter's Handbook 13th Edition Newspaper Glossary " (Kyodo News) and " Asahi Shimbun Glossary " (Asahi Shimbun Glossary). It will be one of.

However, it is not easy to develop notation guidelines, and even if you rely on the notation handbook, it seems convenient at first glance, but copywriting and writing sentences with the handbook in one hand is surprisingly troublesome. , Working with teams and multiple staff also requires a great deal of effort.

"I started using the notation handbook, but in the end I developed my own notation rules."

Such a thing is a common story in the editorial department.


Tendency of swaying notation

Therefore, in the actual field, it is possible to search with simple replacement software, proofreading tools, or the Internet, and in most cases it is not possible to prepare the notation table.

Due to such circumstances, it is not uncommon for us to be asked, witnessed, or noticed about the fluctuation of the notation as a profession (illness).

As a matter of fact, when you spit out, there is a notation that shakes by all means because it is natural for copywriters and editors, but generally not so, while it has come into contact with the fluctuation of the notation as many as the number of stars. I was always sick, noticing that there was a "tendency".


"Open" and "close"

I'm sorry to say that it's a shame, but before I touch on "a certain tendency", even if it is a notation that shakes, as shown below

  • Okurigana

  • Katakana

  • Numbers

  • English

  • Full-width

  • Symbols (punctuation marks / signatures)

  • Punctuation

There are many types. Among such swaying notations, the ones that are most swaying are the "hiragana" and "kanji" notations. This is the majority of the notational fluctuations that are actually heard or noticed.

In the field of copywriting and editing,

  • "Open" … Notation in hiragana

  • "Binding" … Notation in kanji

I will say that. To tell the truth

Open : Rewrite the kanji in the text of the manuscript.
Close : Rewrite the kana in the text of the manuscript into kanji.
Digital Daijisen (Shogakukan)

It is explained as. By the way, at the site

"Is this sentence open? Is it closed?"

However, this "opening" and "closing" is surprisingly recognized so that it can be communicated with people from general companies who are not in the editing or media industry.


Shaking notation is solved with hiragana notation

The reason why "open" and "close" are recognized even in general companies is that the fluctuation of notation occurs as a daily problem, and most of the problems are patterns of "hiragana or kanji".

In fact, most of the questions and notices about the fluctuation of the notation are "Hiragana or Kanji", and most of them can be solved by writing in "Hiragana".

The "certain tendency" in the fluctuation of notation is, in other words, the problem of "whether it is hiragana or kanji", and in fact, many of these problems can be solved by "learning the kanji written in hiragana".

Organizing and sharing this solution is the main cause of the blur-blur that I have had for a long time, and this time it is a big responsibility as a copywriter and a former editor, but I came to organize and share this. It depends.


"50 selections of kanji written in hiragana" released for free

I'm sorry for the long introduction. This is main theme.

Therefore, we will publish a list of 50 carefully selected "Kanji that are smarter to write in hiragana".

As selection criteria, I carefully selected words that tend to be troublesome with hiragana and kanji, which will be frequently used not only in commercial copywriting, advertising, sales promotion, business scenes, but also in personal emails and SNS posts. ..

Please refer to the explanations posted in the right column of the list as well as the explanations in the latter part.

Oh, of course, it's free, as I declared in the subsection.

* The text is displayed as an HTML table tag instead of an image so that it can be copied. Since it is my own work, I can not handle responsive support, and the display is slight on smartphones etc., so please see it on the PC version.



Explanation: 6 patterns of hiragana notation

The patterns for hiragana notation can be roughly classified into about 6 as shown below.

  • 1. Usually

  • 2. Adverbs

  • 3. Formal noun

  • 4. Auxiliary verb / auxiliary adjective

  • 5. Compound verb

  • 6. Other

For convenience of classification, it may seem a bit squishy because it is grouped by part of speech, but I tried to explain it as easily as possible, so please keep in touch with me if you like.


1. Usually (16 words)

  • "Thank you" "Yes / Yes" "Awesome" "Almost" "Mata"

  • "Various" "Please" "Various" "Align" "-Tachi" "Grab" "-Can" "-Supplement" "No" "-Wind" "Like"

Kanji is not common (the former such as "Thank you"), or the notation with many editors (the latter such as "various"). Both are typical examples of smart hiragana notation.


2. Adverbs (11 words)

  • "In advance", "further", "already", "all", "by all means", "many", "together"

Adverbs are often written in hiragana. In addition, since there are multiple notations for "together" as "together", "together", and "accompaniment", there are many hiragana notations. By the way, for some reason, "all" and "totally" are often written in kanji.


3. Formal nouns (7 words)

  • "Things" "For" "Degree" "Time" "Place" "Etc." "Things"

A formal noun is a noun whose actual meaning is weakened. "Write it ", "write for " the " thing ," " tame , such as" is Upon it, these are often hiragana notation. Again, for some reason, "things" and "for" are often written in kanji.


4. Auxiliary verb (7 words) / Auxiliary adjective (1 word)

  • "Go", "I'll do it", "I'll have you", "I'm here", "I'm coming", "I see", "I'll get you"

  • "I want you to"

An auxiliary verb is a verb that loses its original meaning and has an auxiliary meaning. "Learn go ," "learn and have " "learned come ," "learning try " of " go ," " there ," " come ," " look like" is Yes short of it, these are often hiragana notation.

However, "to the school go ," "to school there ," "to the school came Ru", "the people see Chinese characters when used alone as".

In addition to "I will do", "-get", and "-get", "I want you to do", which is an auxiliary adjective in terms of part of speech, is basically written in hiragana.


5. Compound verb (3 words)

  • "Continue to" "Re-do" "-Time / Week / Turn"

A compound verb is a verb that makes sense by connecting multiple words. "I see continue ," "look back ", "seen turning ( Ru ") of " continuing ", " cure ", " turn ( Ru Chinese characters coming in the second half of)" such as composite verb, often hiragana notation.

However, when using it alone, such as " continue practicing " or " correct typographical errors ", use kanji notation.

In addition, since there are multiple notations for "turn", such as "times", "laps", and "turns", there are basically many hiragana notations.


6. Others (5 words)

  • "Say"

  • "What time"

  • "as well as"

  • "Street"

  • "Inside"

"To" ( adnominal adjective ), "when" ( indicative pronoun ), "and" ( conjunction ), "to street" ( suffix ), "to na / in" ( when referring to the middle of a certain state ) There are also many hiragana notations.


The habit of " opening" is amazing

Depending on the scene and medium, there may be examples that differ from the commercially available notation handbook, and of course, the kanji notation is not wrong. However, the 50 carefully selected words are notations that have been formulated and operated in the notation guidelines by various editorial departments, so it seems to be practical and versatile in their own way.

In any case, I tried to explain mainly the part of speech, but I didn't care about the part of speech, or rather, I re-examined it in the subsection, so I didn't care about the part of speech anyway. When using these 50 words,

Hiragana notation at any time. Open anytime.

It is recommended to make it a habit.

How about 50 words, isn't it? I feel that, if you make it a habit, stress will be reduced in a considerable number of scenes, and you will probably be able to write smart copywriting and sentences.

By the way, as you can see, the small columns are also written in hiragana notation that should be unified according to this "50 selections of kanji written in hiragana".


"Unshaken notation" that is not "shaking feelings"

At the end of this article. I hope this article will help you with "non-shaking notation" instead of ZARD's masterpiece "shaking feelings".


Recent Posts

See All


Commenting has been turned off.
bottom of page