Hiragana characters also represent sounds, but these characters have a decidedly feminine look, not surprising since they were developed by women during the Heian period.
As you might guess, since Katana and Hiragana carry gender connotations, the style chosen is very important to the message you want to convey with your tattoo.
When choosing your symbols for a name tattoo, you can choose to translate the name literally using the katakana or hiragana alphabets to create the sounds.
Kanji characters are used to represent whole concepts, while the katakana and hiragana alphabets are used phonetically to build words.
Hiragana is the Japanese phonetic language which is also used for tattooing and writing.
Japanese hiragana originated with this form.
To this day the spoken language of Japanese women is appreciably simpler and softer than that of the men, and to this day while the educated woman uses the hiragana syllabary in writing, eschews Chinese sords and rarel pens an ideograph, the educated man employs the ideograp entirely, and translates his thoughts as far as possible into thi mispronounced Chinese words without recourse -to which it would be impossible for him to discuss any scientific subject, or even tc refer to the details of his daily business.
Analysis showed that all the required sounds could be conveyed with 47 syllables, and having selected the ideographs that corresponded .to those sounds, they reduced them, first, to forms called hiragana, and, secondly, to still more simplified forms called katakana.