'''Man'yōgana''' (万葉仮名) nyaeta bentuk [[kana]] heubeul dina [[Basa Jepang]] nu make [[Chinese character|karakter Basa Cina]] jeung ngagambarkeun tulisan Basa Jepang. Teu pati kapuluruh sacara jentre ti mimiti iraha dipakena, diperkirakeun mimiti dipake dina awal abad kagenep. Ngaran ''man'yōgana'' asalna tina [[Manyoshu|''Man'yōshū'']] (万葉集, Antologi Myriad Leaves), hiji antologi [[Japanese poetry|sajak Basa Jepang]] waktu [[Nara period|periode Nara]] ditulis dina ''man'yōgana''.
Man'yōgana uses kanji for their phonetic value, rather than their meaning. Several kanji could be used to represent the same sound, and in practice writers would often choose kanji with felicitous associations. Kanji used in man'yōgana eventually gave rise to [[hiragana]] and [[katakana]]. Hiragana developed from man'yōgana written in the highly [[cursive]], flowing ''[[grass script|sōsho]]'' style; katakana is based on pieces of man'yōgana, and was developed by Buddhist monks as a form of shorthand. In some cases, one man'yōgana character for a given syllable gave rise to the current hiragana equivalent, and a different one gave rise to the current katakana equivalent; for example, the hiragana る is derived from the man'yōgana 留, the katakana ル is derived from the man'yōgana 流. The study of man'yōgana reveals that it can represent sounds not represented by hiragana and katakana, including eight vocalic sounds, as opposed to the present day usage of five [[vowel]]s only.
The use of multiple kanji for a single syllable also led to [[hentaigana]] (変体仮名), alternate letterforms for hiragana. Hentaigana were officially discouraged in [].
Man'yōgana continue to appear in some regional names of present-day Japan, especially in [[Kyushu]]. A phenomenon similar to man'yōgana, called [[ateji]] (当て字), still occurs, where words (including [[loanword]]s) are spelled out using kanji for their phonetic value: for example, 倶楽部 (''kurabu'', club).
[[Image:Katakana_origine.png|thumb|300px|left|Kasaruaan Katakana jeung man'yōgana (bagean man'yōgana nu jadi katakana diwarnaan beureum)]]
[[Image:Hiragana_origin.jpg|thumb|300px|left|Parobahan hiragana tina man'yōgana]]