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Dear Hank
They have done.
The Japanese have Romaji which is the latin based script. It follows the alphabet a i u e o, ka ki ku ke ko and so on. This alphabet ordering is known as the gojūon. The hiragana ひらがな and katakana カタカナ (I have written in their respective scripts after the romaji) also follow the same alphabet ordering.

BTW Tōkyō is the correct Romaji or 東京 in Kanji.

military bit:

Japanese tank designations in WWII incidentally follow the very old iroha alphabet i ro(go) ha ni ho order based on an ancient poem which contains all the syllables ( a bit like the English "quick sly fox....)

for example
type 97 chi ha medium tank

九七式中戦車 チハ,

97 九七 type 式 medium 中 tank 戦車 chi ha チハ

chi ha is the third tank in the series. 97 is the year the type was adopted ie last 2 digits of year 2597 which is from the birth of Japan in 660 AD hence about 1937. Simple when you know.

さようなら (hiragana)
sayonara (romaji but should be accent on the "o" ie long vowel)
bye (English)


Re: japanese

is no good i cannot find macdomalds . i am wonder they did not invade here there is no room.

Re: japanese

Dear Hank
They are the most popular restaurants in Japan. In UK we have the Wagamama restaurant chain which is cultish and serves sushi, ramen noodles, and so on Japanese style. Teens and twenties( including my youngest daughter and her friends) would not be seen dead in a Macdonalds but love Wagamama. A culture topsy turvy.
BTW China also has a Roman script called Pinyin. It has been adopted throughout the world hence Peking is now known as Beijing and with the accents Běijīng.


Re: japanese

O'Brien Sensei,

Very, very well translated!