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Now Out: 5 New-Monics

Ulrike has produced a batch of new-monics (which are free!):

起 (250: to arise)
期 (251: term)
客 (252: visitor)
写 (297: photograph)
額 (635: amount)

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JOK Notebook

Stars and Dandelions: More from Misuzu Kaneko

When I watch movies made in a foreign language that I know somewhat well, I like to test myself with the subtitles, doing a reverse translation. Because subtitles tend to flash on the screen before an actor speaks, there's usually time to think about how one might say any given line. 

In that spirit, I offer you the English version of a poem by Misuzu Kaneko, whom I introduced...

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On Deck

Essay 1496 on 挨 (to Come Very Close) Is Coming Next

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

September 30: essay 1496 on 挨 (to come very close)

September 30...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1947 on 哺 (to Suckle) and 5 New-Monics

The 227th essay has posted! Essay 1947 on 哺 (to suckle) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Let Japanese teach you about English! That is, Japanese terms for "lactation" and "...
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JOK Notebook

Misuzu Kaneko: Everything Was Alive

Have you heard of the poet Misuzu Kaneko (1903–1930)? I certainly hadn't until I read the new book Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, beautifully narrated by David Jacobson and charmingly illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri. (Note that "Kaneko" is the...

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