What The Japanese Alphabet. Katakana will be covered in Lesson 2. Hiragana is the main alphabet or character set for Japanese.
The so-called Japanese alphabet is made up of four writing systems. When we first learn Japanese its easier to get a better footing on the language by comparing it to the writing system that we learned in school the alphabet. There are three alphabets in Japanese and they are hiragana katakana and kanji.
In this section the history and the role of each Japanese script are introduced.
Japanese does not have an alphabet. Hiragana and katakana are syllabaries a set of written characters representing syllables and kanji is a logographic system of writing one that uses a letter symbol or sign to represent an entire word. Step 1 Hiragana.