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Gathering Up the Lees

I just came out with essay 2066 on 酎 (shochu), and in writing it I discovered that the Japanese have a brilliant way of repurposing waste in the world of alcohol.

For instance, consider this word, in which the first kanji is non-Joyo:

粕取り焼酎 (かすとりしょうちゅう: shochu made from saké lees)...

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Essay 1037 on 翁 (elderly man) Is Coming Next

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

July 27: essay 1037 on 翁 (elderly man)

July 31: July...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 2066 on 酎 (shochu) and 5 New-Monics

The 302nd essay has posted! Essay 2066 on 酎 (shochu) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn how to drink shochu, how to make it, and how to classify it. See how a love of shochu made 16th-...

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What Cannot Be

I want to share with you one of my favorite images from the new essay 2065 on 緻 (elaborate):

I'm surprised how much I...

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On Deck

Essay 2066 on 酎 (shochu) Is Coming Next

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

July 20: essay 2066 on 酎 (shochu)

July 27: either essay 1288 on 宰...

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