Learn to read Hiragana — the Japanese “alphabet” — by memorizing a poem! The Iroha Poem contains every symbol of the Japanese syllabary except for n (ん). Iroha (いろは) is a kana ordering based on a poem which contains each kana once. This ordering is still used today, and it is not unusual to see items numbered i. The Iroha is an archaic Japanese poem that was once used to order the kana syllabary. Its first known copy dates to ; at the time it was written, it contained .

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It is famous because it is a perfect pangramcontaining each character of the Japanese syllabary exactly once. Because of this, it is also used as an ordering for the syllabary, in the same way as the ABCD Structurally, however, the poem follows the standard 7—5 pattern of Japanese poetry with one hypometric lineand in modern times it is generally written that way, in contexts where line breaks are used. Modern writing uses voiced consonant marks with dakuten.

This is used as an indicator of sound changes in the spoken Japanese language in the Heian era. An English translation by Professor Ryuichi Abe [2] reads as:. For this reason, the poem was frequently used as an ordering of the kana until the Meiji era reforms in the 19th century. For example, Imperial Japanese Navy submarines during the Second World War had official designations beginning with I displacement 1, tonnes or moreRo to tonnesand Ha less than tonnes.

Also, Japanese tanks had official designations partly using irohasuch as Chi-ha ha meaning the third model. Other examples include subsection ordering in documents, seat numbering in theaters, and showing go moves in diagrams kifu. In official translation to English, iroha In music, the notes of an octave are named i ro ha ni ho he towritten in katakana. Iroha is also used in numbering the classes of the conventional train cars of Japanese National Railways now known as JR. I is first class no longer usedRo is second class now “Green car” and Ha is third class standard carriages.

Some Japanese expressions need knowledge of iroha to understand. Iroha karutaa traditional card game, is still sold as an educational toy. While the narrow road has been modernized over the years, care has been taken to keep the number of curves constant. However, this is unlikely as it is believed that in his time there were separate e sounds in the a and ya columns of the kana table.

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All acts are impermanent That’s the law of creation and destruction. When all creation and destruction are extinguished That ultimate stillness nirvana is true bliss. Heian period — The Heian period is the last division of classical Japanese history, running from to It is the period in Japanese history when Buddhism, Taoism, the Heian period is also considered the peak of the Japanese imperial court and noted for its art, especially poetry and literature. Although the Imperial Rioha of Japan had power on the surface, the power was in the hands of the Fujiwara clan.

Many emperors actually had mothers from the Fujiwara family, the Heian period was preceded by the Nara period and began in A. The Japanese missions to Tang China was suspended and the influx of Chinese exports halted, therefore the Heian Period is considered a high point in Japanese culture that later generations have always admired. The period is noted for the rise of the samurai class. Nominally, sovereignty lay irooha the emperor but in power was wielded by the Fujiwara iroga.

However, to protect their interests in the provinces, the Fujiwara and other noble families required guards, police, the warrior class made steady political gains throughout the Heian period. Still, a military takeover of the Japanese government was centuries away. At this time Taira no Kiyomori revived the Fujiwara practices by placing his grandson on the throne to rule Japan by regency and their clan, the Taira, would not be overthrown until after the Genpei War, which marked the start of the shogunate.

The early Heian period continued Nara culture, the Heian capital was patterned on the Chinese Tang capital at Changan, as was Nara, Kanmu endeavoured to improve the Tang-style administrative system which was in use. Esoteric Buddhism was not considered to be a different sect or school yet at that time, Huiguo was the first person to gather the still scattered elements of Indian and Chinese Esoteric Buddhism into a cohesive system.

According to idoha, this brought him siddhis of superhuman memory retention. The Mahavairocana Tantra had only recently made available in Japan. He believed that teaching was a door to the truth he sought. Quickly, prepare yourself for initiation into the mandalas, Huiguo had foreseen that Esoteric Buddhism would not survive in India and China in the near future and that it was Kukais destiny to see it continue in Japan.


Kanji — Kanji, rioha kanji, are the adopted logographic Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese writing system along with hiragana and katakana.

Chinese characters first came to Japan on official seals, letters, swords, coins, mirrors, the earliest known poe of such an import was the King of Na gold seal given by Emperor Guangwu of Han to a Yamato emissary in 57 AD. Chinese coins from the first century AD have been found in Yayoi-period archaeological sites, however, the Japanese of that era probably had no comprehension of the script, and would remain illiterate until the fifth century AD.

The earliest Japanese documents were written by bilingual Chinese or Korean officials employed at the Yamato court. For example, the correspondence from King Bu of Wa to Emperor Shun of Liu Song in has been praised for its skillful use of allusion. Later, groups of people called ifoha were organized under the monarch to read, during the itoha of Empress Suiko, the Yamato court began sending full-scale diplomatic missions to China, which resulted in a large increase in Chinese literacy at the Japanese court.

The Japanese language had no form at the time Chinese characters were introduced. Thus the two writing systems, hiragana and katakana, referred to collectively as kana, are descended from kanji.

Katakana are mostly used for representing onomatopoeia, non-Japanese loanwords, the names of plants and animals, and for emphasis on certain words. Infollowing World War II and under the Allied Occupation of Japan and this was done with the goal of facilitating learning for children and simplifying kanji use irroha literature and periodicals.

The number of characters in circulation was reduced, and formal lists of characters to be learned during each grade of school were established, some characters were given simplified glyphs, called shinjitai. This was expanded to characters in and it was not until the list was expanded to its current iiroha. Meiji period — The Meiji period, also known as irohaa Meiji era, is a Japanese era which extended from October 23, through July 30, This period represents the first half of the Empire of Japan during which Japanese society moved from being poeem feudal society to its modern form.

Fundamental changes affected its structure, internal politics, economy, military. Imperial restoration occurred the year on January 3, The fall of Edo in the summer of marked irooha end of the Tokugawa shogunate, and a new era, Meiji, was proclaimed. The first reform was the promulgation of the Five Charter Oath inimplicit in the Charter Oath was an end to exclusive political rule by the bakufu, and a move toward more democratic rioha in government.

To implement the Charter Oath, a rather short-lived constitution with eleven articles was drawn up in Junethe Meiji government assured the foreign powers that it would follow the old treaties negotiated by the bakufu and announced that it would act in accordance with international law. Mutsuhito, who was to reign untilselected a new reign title—Meiji, to further dramatize the new order, the capital was relocated from Iroja, where it had igoha situated sinceto Tokyo, the new name for Edo.

Confirmed in their positions, the daimyo became governors. Formerly old court nobles, and lower-ranking but more radical samurai, replaced bakufu appointees, in as much as the Meiji Restoration had sought to return the Emperor to a preeminent position, efforts were made to establish a Shinto-oriented state much like it was 1, years earlier.

Iroha Poem

Furthermore, a new State Shinto had to be constructed for the purpose, inthe Office of Shinto Worship was established, ranking even above the Council of State in importance. The kokutai ideas of the Mito school were embraced, and the ancestry of the Imperial House was emphasized. The government supported Shinto teachers, a small but important move, although the Office of Shinto Worship was demoted inby the Home Ministry controlled all Shinto shrines and certain Shinto sects were given state recognition.

Shinto was released from Buddhist administration and its properties restored, although Buddhism suffered from state sponsorship of Shinto, it had its own resurgence. Christianity also was legalized, and Confucianism remained an important ethical doctrine, increasingly, however, Japanese thinkers identified with Western ideology and methods. Submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy — Imperial Japanese Navy submarines originated with the purchase of five Holland type submarines from the United States in Japanese submarine forces progressively built up strength and expertise, becoming by the beginning of World War II one of the worlds most poe, the Imperial Japanese Navy acquired its first submarines during the Russo-Japanese War on 12 December where ifoha arrived in sections at the Yokahama dockyards.


The vessels were purchased from the relatively new American company, Electric Boat, however, hostilities with Russia were nearing its end by that date, and no submarines saw action during the war.

Both vessels measured 7 feet at the beam and this contrasted with the original five imported Hollands-type submatines which had arrived that same year, at over tons submerged,67 feet in overall length and 11 feet beam. However both boats could only one 18 torpedo, and each was manned by 14 opem. This new type was designed the Type 6 submarine by the Japanese Navy, the Kaigun Holland 6 was launched at Kobe on 28 September and was completed six months later at Kure as the first submarine built in Japan.

It sank during a dive in Hiroshima Bay on 15 April Although the water was only 58 feet deep, irohw were no provisions at all for the crew to escape while submerged. The commanding officer, Lieutenant Tsutomu Sakuma, patiently wrote a description of his sailors efforts to bring the back to the surface as their oxygen supply ran out.

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All of the sailors were found dead at their duty stations when this submarine was raised the following day. The sailors were regarded as heroes for their performance of their duties until death.

Although the capabilities of these first submarines were never tested in combat during the Russo-Japanese War and these became respectively the Japanese Haclass and Haclass submarines. An additional two vessels, forming the Haclass were later built by the Kure Naval Arsenal, inthe first submarine tender, Karasaki, was commissioned. At the end of World War I, Japan received nine German submarines iiroha reparations, which allowed her and they were also equipped with the most advanced torpedo of the conflict, the oxygen-fuelled Type Overall, despite their technical innovation, Japanese submarines were built in relatively small numbers.


It was the most widely produced Japanese medium tank of World War II, the 57 mm main gun, designed for infantry support, was a carry over from the Type piem medium tank. The suspension was derived from the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, the hp Mitsubishi air cooled diesel engine was a capable tank engine in The Type 97s low silhouette and semicircular radio antenna on the turret distinguished the tank from poeem contemporaries, afterthe tank was less effective than most Allied tank designs.

Ina new version of the Chi-Ha was produced with a larger turret. It was designated the Type Kai or Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha, with lroha Type 89 Chi-Ro fast becoming obsolete in the late s, the Imperial Japanese Army began a program to develop a replacement tank for infantry support.

Experience during the invasion of Manchuria determined that the Type 89 was too slow to keep up with motorized infantry. The new jroha tank was intended to be a scaled-up four-man version of the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank, although with a turret, thicker armor. The Tokyo factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries completed a prototype designated Chi-Ha, the second prototype was completed in June pome Although the requirement was for a 47 mm gun, it retained the same short-barreled 57 mm gun as the Type 89B tank.

However, at the time IJA was also interested in the lighter, ha and Ni, in Japanese army nomenclature, refer to model number 3 and 4, respectively from old Japanese alphabet iroha. The Type was numbered 97 as an abbreviation of the imperial yeartherefore, the name Type 97 Chi-Ha could be translated as s medium tank model 3. The Type 97 hull was of riveted construction with the engine in the rear compartment, the tank had a four-man crew including a driver, bow machine-gunner, and two men in the turret.

In the lroha compartment, the driver sat on the right, the commanders cupola was placed pkem the turret. Internal communications were by 12 push buttons in the turret, connected to 12 lights, the Type 97 was initially equipped with a Type mm main gun, the same caliber as that used for the porm Type 89 I-Go tank. The cannon was a weapon with a relatively low muzzle velocity.

The main gun had no elevation gear, therefore, the gunner used his shoulder to elevate it. The tank carried two 7. As of June 1, rioha date of establishment of JNR and this figure expanded to 21, JNR operated both passenger and freight services, Shinkansen, the worlds first high-speed railway was debuted by JNR in Unlike railway operation, JNR Bus was not superior to local bus operators.