A method of using Hiragana or Katakana to phonetically show people how to pronounce a Kanji character. In karaoke, the furigana is placed on top of the Kanji character in question. On the Internet, the furigana is placed in parenthesis after the Kanji character. Example: åŽ»(ã„), where åŽ» is pronounced the same way as ã„. A synonym for furigana is ruby, which is used in English-speaking platforms, such as Microsoft products like Internet Explorer.