What Is Romaji?
Romanization, or rōmaji, is the representation of written Japanese using the Latin alphabet. Kana, the system of two syllabic writing systems (Hiragana and Katakana) used for Japanese, can be transliterated into Romaji, which is useful for people who are not familiar with the Japanese writing system and wish to read and write in Japanese.
What Are Romanization Systems?
There are three main types of romanization systems for Japanese: Hepburn, Passport-shiki, and Nippon-shiki. While there is no one "correct" way to romanize Japanese, the Hepburn system is generally accepted as the most standard.
The Hepburn system is the most common romanization system for the Japanese. It was named after James Curtis Hepburn, who used it in his Japanese and English dictionary (1867).
Passport-shiki, also known as JSL, is a romanization system developed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The name comes from the fact that it is used in passports issued by the Japanese government.
Nippon-shiki, also known as Kunrei-shiki, is a romanization system developed in the Meiji era. It was created in an effort to make the Japanese language easier to read and writ e for people from Western countries.
How Do I Convert Japanese to Romaji?
There are a few different ways to convert Japanese to Romaji. One way is to use an online tool like this one. Another way is to use a physical dictionary that includes a romanization index.