Grammar detail: Japanese punctuation

Japanese punctuation
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In general Japanese punctuation mirrors English punctuation. Each sentence is ended with a period (。), known as
, and clauses are delineated with commas (、), known as
. Various types of parenthesis perform similar functions. Below are the key symbols and some notes on their usage.

Brackets / parentheses

In Japanese, the 'ink-filled' brackets【 】are common, as are angle brackets〈 〉in addition to double-sized versions of standard brackets.


In Japanese an ellipsis (three or some other number of consecutive dots) is common, and typically uses the ellipsis character: …

Interpunct or middle dot

In Japanese, similar words or alternatives that might be separated with a slash ('/') in English, are often separated with an 'interpunct': ・

Quotation marks

Quotation marks in Japanese are used in the same way as English, but look quite different: 「 」


In Japanese, italics and bold text are less common used. A word or phrase is usually emphasized by adding a 'side dot' to each character, typically: ﹅ (known as the
ゴマ, or 'black sesame (seed)'.

Comma -

In Japanese, the comma (、) is used quite similarly to the comma in English - to introduce a short pause into a sentence, or to make sense of a clause by separating it from what follows.
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Kanji used in this grammar

ク    verse, phrase   
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テン    spot, point   
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ドク   トク   トウ   よ to read   
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(sesame dot)
コク   くろ    くろ black   
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