JOK Notebook

Joy and Art from Pain

A few weeks ago, I posted something on Facebook about Soseki's novel「草枕 (くさまくら: Kusamakura)」, and a Japanese friend responded by sharing a photo of this book, which he adores:

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On Deck

Essay 2007 on 喉 (Throat) Is Coming Next

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

July 29: essay 2007 on 喉 (throat; singing voice)

July 31: July newsletter!...

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 2110 on 貌 (Appearance) and 5 New-Monics

The 219th essay has posted! Essay 2110 on 貌 (appearance) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out how 顔 and 貌 differ when they represent "face." See what the Japanese mean when...

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Radical Note 153 Is Up, as Are 5 Mnemonics

Radical Note 153 on 豸, the "badger" radical, is now available. This resource is free!

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

形 (104: shape)
黒 (124: black)
場 (144:...

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JOK Notebook

Plucked from a Zither

With Joy o' Kanji, I'm creating something like an encyclopedia, so I learn about all the topics associated with a particular kanji. I love that. But then there's a bonus that surprises me every time. I also find out about countless things tangentially related to the subject. Today I'll share a random sampling of discoveries...

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