Also called "semi-voiced sound mark".

A Japanese diacritical mark used with hiragana or katakana. It changes the sound of the kana as follows:

Without handakuten:  ha hi fu he ho
   With handakuten:  pa pi pu pe po

It can only be used on the kana listed above.

The handakuten looks like a small circle placed to the upper right of the kana. In small print, it is easily confused with dakuten.

See also dakuten.

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.