# How do I insert a japanese character with unicode?

I want to insert a handful of Japanese (katakana) characters in a latex document. I am using texlive and pdflatex.

I know I can use a Japanese typesetting package, such as CJK, and do something like this:

\begin{CJK}{UTF8}{min}
ァィ
\end{CJK}


but I don't want to actually type (or copy/paste) the characters themselves, and I'd rather use the corresponding unicode, e.g. U+30A1.

I have tried \symbol{30A1} and \unichar{''30A1} with the packages:

\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[utf8x]{inputenc}
\usepackage{textcomp}


but neither work. I believe the corresponding fonts are installed, so maybe I am doing something wrong with the unicode?

\documentclass{article}