JOK Notebook

Drawn Like a Dowser

I didn't plan this, but my new essay on the flood kanji 洪 coincides "perfectly" with a spate of flooding and landslides in Japan (if anything could be perfect about those catastrophes). Meanwhile, over here in California the drought is so severe that taps and wells have run dry in some communities. A...

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On Deck

Essay 1970 on 俺 (I, myself (for men)) Is Coming Next

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

August 31: 

August newsletter!

September 5: 

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Essay 1252 on 洪 (flood) Is Now Out, Leaving 2000 to Go!

The 136th essay has posted! Essay 1252 on 洪 (flood, deluge; vast) is now available for purchase. There are 2,136 Joyo kanji, so that means I have exactly 2,000 essays to go! Woo-hoo!

Here's a preview of essay 1252:

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JOK Notebook

Shadow Side

Let's start with a quiz. What do you think the following terms could mean? Match each numbered term to one lettered option.

1. 光陰 (こういん)    light + shadow
2. 不作 (ふさく)     no, not + to make

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On Deck

Essay 1252 on 洪 (flood) Is Coming Next

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

August 29: 

Essay 1252 on 洪 (flood, deluge; vast) 

September 5:...

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