Kana Basic

Kana Basic

Kana Basic is an alternative way to write Japanese that is an attempted half-way point between romaji and katakana. It was originally created by Safebox for a game project that was later abandoned. It comes in two styles: the "true" kana form and an easy-reading variant. The true kana form is an amalgamation of the consonant and an accompanying vowel, split down the middle and spliced together. While the easy-reading form is these same letters side-by-side in the same glyph.

Notable features

Kana Basic

Kana Basic consonants

Download an alphabet chart for Kana Basic (Excel)

Sample texts in Kana Basic

Sample text in Kana Basic

Standard Japanese version



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)

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