Touhou-shiki Roomaji

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This website is an archive. It ran from 2006-2010. Virtually everything on here is outdated or inaccurate.

This website makes use of Touhou-shiki Roomaji, a Romanization derived from waapuro roomaji. Touhou-shiki preserves the close equivalence to English consonantal digraphs of Hepburn romanization, but the vowels are written with close kana-roomaji mapping as in waapuro romaaji. Thus, both pronunciation and spelling are better preserved. This is useful for readers who are unfamiliar with kanji, because it allows them to pronounce a new word as well as type it into an electronic dictionary or computer.

Touhou-shiki provides the additional benefit of lacking macrons and circumflexes. These marks are not always properly understood and are sometimes omitted when copying text, which leads to an inaccurate spelling. If a copier does not reproduce the original kanji and kana, an inaccurately transmitted romanization can render a name or word ambiguous.

Touhou-shiki is not quite waapuro roomaji, but with a few changes it can be easily entered into an IME. The major change is the replacement of the dash used in katakana with the vowel represented by that dash for easier reading. In the secondary rules some other changes that break IME usage are also described.


Rules for Touhou-shiki

Decided December 4, 2008

  1. Youon are written as in Hepburn romanization.
  2. Long vowels are spelled out exactly as they are in hiragana.
  3. The symbol ー indicates a long vowel in katakana. This is normally written by doubling the preceding vowel.
  4. Geminate consonants are romanized with a double consonant as in Nihon-siki.
  5. Syllabic ん is always romanized n or n' as in Nihon-siki and is never m.
  6. Voiced じ is written ji as in Hepburn.
  7. ふ is written fu as in Hepburn.

Suggestions for adaption

When adopting Touhou-shiki to your own project please keep in mind the difficult choices here.

Examples of improvement

See also

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