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Essay 1806 on 忙 (busy, occupied; restless) Is Coming Next

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

January 9: Essay 1806 on 忙 (busy, occupied; restless)

January 16: Essay 2045 on 羨 (envious...

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Essay 1373 on 旬 (10-day period) and Dec. Newsletter Now Out

The 149th essay has posted! Essay 1373 on 旬 (10-day period; season (for specific products)) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

If you always think of a month as having 4 weeks, it'...

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JOK Notebook

Numbers That Don't Count

This is the time of year to think about numbers. Last weekend, some people took note of the time 10:11 on 12/13/14. Others are counting down the days till Christmas or vacation. Soon we'll need to remember to write 2015, not 2014. I should at least be comfortable with writing 2014 by now, but when I recently had to indicate the year on a document, I started with "19"! I then...

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Eating Rainbows

A few years ago I read a fascinating article about Oliver Sacks's work with synesthesia. For those with this condition, it's as if sensory cues have crossed wires, enabling people to do things such as hear purple or see the aroma of coffee.

A comment from my proofreader this week seemed to suggest that Japanese people...

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Essay 1982 on 玩 (to play with) Is Now Out

The 148th essay has posted! Essay 1982 on 玩 (to play with; trifle with; fiddle with; take pleasure in; make fun of; relish; cherish) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out about...

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