2.8. Hiragana for y + vowels
y + vowels:
Hiragana Romanization Pronunciation Description や ya [ ja ] Listen Japanese "y" + Japanese "a".
Japanese "y" sounds like English "y" but is slightly softer. Don't cause friction of breath.
い i [ i ] Listen This is the hiragana for "i". ゆ yu [ jɯ ] Listen Japanese "y" + Japanese "u". え e [ e ] Listen This is the hiragana for "e". よ yo [ jo ] Listen Japanese "y" + Japanese "o".
Hiragana: ゆうやけ Pitch: L H H H Romanization: yû ya ke Meaning: the red sky at sunset (noun)
For your interest: Yukata are light kimonos for summer. Kimonos are scarcely worn today because of Westernisation, but Japanese people, especially young women, have begun to wear yukata again, which are casual and yet have traditional beauty.
Hiragana: ゆかた Pitch: L H H Romanization: yu ka ta Meaning: yukata (noun)
Hiragana: よやく Pitch: L H H Romanisation: yo ya ku Meaning: reservation (noun)
Hiragana: おゆ Pitch: L H Romanization: o yu Meaning: hot water (noun)