Commas next to words in Japanese books?

I found this in the book I’m reading (look at the word しきたり). What does it mean when Japanese books have commas next to words like this? I’ve seen this a couple times before and couldn’t find any answers online. Can anyone help with this, thanks :slight_smile:

I would imagine it’s to spell it out, adding pause between each letter.

Aye. I read it as Punctuated. For. Emphasis.


They’re called 圏点けんてん , 傍点ぼうてん, or 脇点わきてん, and they’re used to emphasize text, similar to how we use things like italics in English


Thank you so much! I’d been seeing them often and couldn’t figure out what they were. ありがとうございました!

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