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You're the Tops

Here's the best thing I've seen all day—a video of an 80-year-old Japanese toy maker who wishes he could live till 200 so he could keep making toys and improving his craft! Check out the joyfulness and whimsy in his creations. You can't top that!

Speaking of tops, I was thrilled at 0:14...

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Essay 1891 on 酪 (dairy) Coming Next

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

July 28: essay 1891 on 酪 (dairy)

July 31:...

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Now Out: Essay 1086 on 喝 (to shout) and 5 New-Monics

The 262nd essay has posted! Essay 1086 on 喝 (to shout; threaten) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

A few words with 喝 are about applauding people, and the rest are about crushing them!...

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The Dew of the Land

Let's start with a quiz. If 露 means "dew" and 地 means "land," what do you think this term could mean:

露地 (ろじ)     dew + land

a. outdoors
b. nostalgic description of the countryside as having pastures that glisten in the morning...

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Now Out: Essay 1289 on 栽 (planting) and 6 New-Monics

The 261st essay has posted! Essay 1289 on 栽 (planting, cultivating) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The Japanese excel at farming. Find out what they're up to with organic and...

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