sa shi su se so (さしすせそ)
Imagine there’s a samurai sword with a silly bent end. This character is spelled “sa” like the first two letters of “samurai”.
This character looks like a woman’s long hair, curled at the end. It sounds like "she".
This character looks like a sprouting seed that will soon be a plant. It’s spelled “su” and sounds like the “soo” in “soon”.
Imagine that the horizontal line is the horizon, and that the sun is setting. This character is spelled “se”, like the beginning of “setting”.
This looks like a zig-zag sewing stitch. It’s spelled “so” and sounds like “sew”.
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