Kanadana (ᑲᓇᑕᐦᓇ)

Kanadana is a method of writing Japanese using Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics devised by Simon Ager, creator of Omniglot. It was inspired by seeing the signatures of Inuit artists written vertically in a Japanese style.

The name Kanadana combines the Japanese words 仮名 (かな kana), as in hiragana and katakana, the Japanese syllabaries, and カナダ (kanada), the Japanese for Canada.

Notable features

Kanadana syllabary

Kanadana consonants

Sample text in Kanadana

Sample text in Kanadana

Original Japanese version

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Subete no ningen wa, umare nagara ni shite jiyū de ari, katsu, songen to kenri to ni tsuite byōdō de aru. Ningen wa, risei to ryōshin o sazukerareteari, tagai ni dōhō no seishin o motte kōdōshinakerebanaranai.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Also by Simon Ager

Curvetic, Fingers, Kanadana, Geyinzi, Tengwar for Welsh

Other writing systems invented by visitors to this site