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Internal Contradictions

It's been a rough week in many parts of the world, and joy often feels beside the point. And yet I know it doesn't accomplish much to dwell in the dark side, so I have to double down on my efforts to feel wonderment, curiosity, and glee. If anything can get me there, kanji can. Without further ado, I bring you a smattering of fun kanji tidbits that I've collected over the weeks....

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Essay 1343 on 酌 (to serve or drink alcohol) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

August 25: essay 1343 on  (to serve or drink alcohol; consideration for others)...

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Now Out: Essay 1952 on 賂 (bribe) and 5 New-Monics

The 266th essay has posted! Essay 1952 on 賂 (bribe) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The Japanese are known for honesty, but there’s still a long history of bribery (especially in...

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Horses of Different Colors

Let's start with a quiz! If 報酬 (ほうしゅう) means "reward" in the following sentence, what is the speaker proposing:

報酬は山分けにしよう。

a. Let's bury the money on a mountain and retrieve it in the future.
b. Let's split the reward 50–50.
c. Let's turn down the reward.
d. Let's fight...

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On Deck

Essay 1952 on 賂 (bribe) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

August 18: essay 1952 on  (bribe)

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