The first letter, or sound, in Japanese is “a”. It’s the “a” sound of Artic, or Aha! Not the sound of apple or and. I believe it’s more common in British English than American English. We use the same sound for “o” in some words, such as “on”.
The hiragana looks like this:
To me, it looks like this:
Do you see it?
I’ve always thought ’あ’ looked rather pretentious.
i or い