JOK Notebook

Wist(eria)fulness

My wisteria obsession continues. As with any deep feeling about nature, it brings euphoric awe as well as sadness that the blooms can't last forever (and that nothing can). 

So acute is my anxiety about the inevitable end of wisteria season that I became convinced that "wisteria" and...

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On Deck

Essay 1626 on 滴 (drop (of liquid), dripping) Is Coming Next

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

March 31: March newsletter

April 3: Essay 1626 on 滴 (drop (of...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 2078 on 藤 (wisteria) and 7 New-Monics

The 161st essay has posted! Essay 2078 on 藤 (wisteria) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

From wisteria-viewing parties to hair ornaments to a type of doll and dance, wisteria has left...

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JOK Notebook

Fish That Refuses to Undress

Let's start with a quiz. In one Kyushu dialect, people have characterized the flathead silverside (a type of fish) as とんころ, which means "to go to sleep without undressing." Why would they have called it that?

a. The fish is nocturnal.
b. Eating the fish works as an aphrodisiac.
c. Eating the fish makes people sleepy.
d. The fish is...

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On Deck

Essay 2078 on 藤 (wisteria) Is Coming Next

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

March 27: Essay 2078 on 藤 (wisteria)

March 31: ...

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