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In Japanese language, short vowels and long vowels are strictly distingushed, and the difference of such single vowel length sometimes plays a critical role. So we use macrons (horizontal bars over letters) to indicate long vowels and place no such symbols on short vowels.

For example, there are Oyama (with short 'o') and Ōyama (with long 'o') stations, either of which can be approached by single ride from Ikebukuro station. Let's see what happens when you mistook these two stations.

When you want to reach Oyama (short 'o'), the correct train is JR's Shōnan Shinjuku Line through to Utsunomiya Line. Oyama is located in Tochigi Prefecture and the distance en route from Ikebukuro [JS 19] to Oyama (no station-numbering introduced yet) is 78.7 kilometer. The fare is 1,320 yen.

On the other hand, if you are intended to visit Ōyama (long 'o'), you must take Tōbu Railway's Tōjō Line (note: only local trains stops at Ōyama; be careful not to ride expresses). The journey from Ikebukuro [TJ 01] to Ōyama [TJ 04] is only 5 minutes, only 3.0 kilometer, and only 150 yen. Ōyama is located in Itabashi-ku, the neighbor to Toshima-ku where Ikebukuro resides.

Check it!

See the chart below to check whether you are getting correct characters:

Class Base
Letter
without
Macrons
What
You Are
Watching
Our
Intended
Glyph
Capital
Letters
with
Macrons
AĀ
EĒ
IĪ
OŌ
UŪ
Lowercase
Letters
with
Macrons
aā
eē
iī
oō
uū

If you see question marks ('?') or the replacement character (U+FFFD, ) in the table above, try this page again with a modern browser and appropriate fonts.


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