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All Turned Around

In writing the new essay 1840 on 岬 (cape, promontory, headland), I was surprised to find that for each of their main islands (and doubtless for many others), the Japanese have identified and named the four endpoints—the extremities to the north, east, south, and west. Notice how I sequenced those cardinal directions; I...

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Essay 1861 愉 (pleasant) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect soon on Joy o' Kanji:

July 25: 

Essay 1861 on 愉 (pleasant; joyful; pleased) 

August...

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What's New

Essay 1840 on 岬 (cape, headland) Is Now Out!

The 130th essay has posted! Essay 1840 on 岬 (cape, promontory, headland) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn about the 16 extremities of the four main islands, and see why Japan has a...

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Sending Us Off in New Directions

Let's start with a translation challenge. This sentence from essay 1278 on 婚 (marriage; wedding) features the keyword 離婚 (りこん: divorce). What do you think the sentence says?

不幸な年月を送った後で彼は彼女と離婚した。   

I'll block the answer with a preview of the new essay:

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On Deck

Essay 1840 on 岬 (cape, headland) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect soon on Joy o' Kanji:

July 18: 

Essay 1840 on 岬 (cape, headland) 

Date to be determined:...

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