a i u e o (あいうえお)
In the bottom right part of this character you can see the letter “A”, which is how the character is spelled.
This character looks like the letter “i” twice, similar to the end of the word “Hawaii”. It sounds like the “ee” sound at the end of “Hawaii”.
Imagine an older person bending down to pick something up and groaning “oo!”. This character is spelled “u” and sounds like “oo”.
Imagine that this is an exotic bird with feathers on its head, sitting down looking to the left. The character is spelled “e” like the beginning of “exotic”.
Imagine an olive with a toothpick sticking up out of the top. This character is spelled “o” like the first letter in “olive”.
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