What's New

April 2016 Newsletter Now Out

The April 2016 newsletter is now out, including great photos of Japanese scenery, book covers, and an image that qualifies as a Rorschach test. The new contest is about noodles and owls. Enter to win two essays! Also find out the results of the last contest. And take advantage of a special deal for book lovers...

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JOK Notebook

Down and Dirty with the Samurai

Given all the insistence on precision in certain parts of the kanji world, I'm always shocked when native speakers take loosey-goosey attitudes toward a kanji matter. They do so quite often, but I suppose I'm easily shocked! So it was this week when I was doing preliminary research for essay 2097 on 阪 (slope; Osaka), which has everything to do with 大阪 (おおさか: Osaka). It turns out...

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On Deck

Essay 1410 on 彰 (Clear) Is Coming Next

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

April 30: April newsletter!

May 6: essay 1410...

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Now Out: Essay 2048 on 箋 (to Carry Out) and 5 New-Monics

The 208th essay has posted! Essay 2048 on 箋 (piece of paper, tag) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

For millennia, humans have jotted down notes, and 箋 has long served that purpose. Find...

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JOK Notebook

A Guaranteed Good Time

Today I have a series of multiple choice questions for you, mostly about terms related to body parts or medical issues. Those topics just about guarantee a good time, don't they!? 

What do you think the following words could mean:

1. 手口 (てぐち)     hand + mouth

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