2. Wosite Syllabary

Woshite/Wosite.   Woshite is the modern pronunciation of the language originally sounded as Wo-si-te or Wosite. Over the course of time, the shi sound came to replace the si sound. In general communication, we may prefer to say Woshite. However, when we are analyzing the writing, we will say and write Wosite.

Wosite is a syllabic language. Vowels and syllables form words. In general, syllables begin with a consonant.

The Wosite syllabary of 48 ideograms is shown in tabular form above, five rows and ten columns, with two “missing” entries. If we were to read across the  a  row, we would say, “a, ka, ha, na, ma, ta, ra, sa, ya, wa.”  The i row would read, “i, ki, hi, etc.”

In Wosite analysis, we will study the forms of the ideograms and their meanings. In this article, we present the basics of Wosite. Detailed explanations will follow.

Why study Wosite? Wosite is a language and writing system which was designed long ago in a systematic manner. Through  analysis, we learn not only how meanings are contained in language and in writing, both past and present. We learn that Wosite reveals the origin of the universe by powerful, creative, unseen energies. We get an inkling of how energy moves and actualizes things and even life itself.

Figures in this post. The figures shown here are from the book in Japanese, Yomigaeru Nihongo, Vol. I, by S. Aoki and N. Hiraoka, 2009, with their kind permission.

Vowels.   There are five vowels in Wosite: a, i, u, e, o. Shown in Fig. 2-14 are the elementary glyphs for vowels. Vowels are pronounced as in Spanish, Italian, or Hawaiian.


Each vowel sound has a unique creative energy from universe: Space-, Wind-, Fire-, Water-, and Soil-energy.  Vowels represent primary transformations of state. As ideograms, they serve as frames for consonant modifiers. A vowel not preceded by a consonant is indicated by a dot in the ideogram.

Consonants.   There is a symbol (the dot) indicating a pure vowel, plus there are nine glyphs representing nine consonant sounds. These are shown in Fig. 2-15.


The consonant glyphs represent phase changes of state, and serve as more detailed expressions of process.

Ideograms and syllables.  Fig. 2-16 shows how the syllable ideograms are formed from the fifteen basic elements just presented. We see immediately that there are exceptions in the last  column for  w. There are two missing entries. The ideogram in the w  column, u  row, is correctly pronounced “wu”, although in the present age it is pronounced “n”. Also, in the  r   column, the ideogram for the syllable  ru  is written differently than expected. This is how the chart of Fig. 2-13 at the beginning of this article was formed.Yoshinosuke Matsumoto through decades of study determined the Wosite syllabary. Mitsuru Ikeda and researchers of the Japan Woshite Institute developed an understanding of the meanings of the ideograms. If you can read Japanese, we suggest that you read the references given in Post 1.1.

Wosite Matrix 2