Japanese punctuation marks are different from English symbols. Japanese can be written horizontally or vertically, some punctuation marks are rotated or changed when written vertically.


Kuten 。

This is a small circle that would go after a sentence to indicate a full stop



Touten 、

Thought it is written differently, it is used in the same way as the English comma.



Tensen …

This symbol is three dots in a line which is used to show a silence, pause in speech, a sentence that is left uncompleted or a trailing off voice.



Kagikakko 「 」

These are the same as quotation marks in English and used in the same way.



Futaekagi 『 』

These are used for quotations within quotations.



Marukakko ( )

Is used just like brackets in English.



Namigata ~

This is used to show range (from - to -), to show a long or drawn out vowel, to indicate music is playing or to show origin.



Gimonfu ?

Is not used often because the particle ka is used as a question indicator, however this is often used when it is not that obvious that it is a question being asked.



Kantanfu !

This is used the same way a exclamation point in English is used.



Piriodo .

This is used between the day, month and year in dates.