I am going to employ a number of generalized forms to assist in the recognition of the hiragana one finds
in the prints of the Meiji era. Immediately to the right of each kana that heads the column will be
the kanji from which it is derived.
Most of the furigana, due to the very cramped space at the right side of the character,
are almost unrecognizable; the tail end of one beginning the initial stroke of the next.
Since confusion may reign, I will include the entire block of kanji and furigana immediately to the right
of the enlarged kana in order to aid in recognition.
Please remember: these are not brush strokes!
Nor are these miniscule lines carved into the hard cherry wood!
They are left standing to remain above the carved, lowered surface;
the excess wood is removed from about them and within them.
This will be an essay to categorize the kana, name them, and display them in easily recognizable forms.
Since recognition may be dependent upon more than one characteristic, expect cross-over;
i.e., finding the kana in more than one place.