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Podcast Now Out: Interview About Kanji by Manga Sensei

Over at Manga Sensei, John Dinkel was kind enough to interview me for a little more than a half hour about kanji. I very much enjoyed our lively discussion. The podcast is now available.

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A Lack of Correspondence

Last time I presented a sample sentence that puzzled me to some degree: 

「死に逝く人、看取る人の幸せな終末期の考え方」
How Dying People and Those Who Attend to Them Can Be Happy When Thinking of the End of Life

死ぬ (しぬ:...

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On Deck

Essay 1384 on 唆 (description) Is Coming Next

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

May 25: essay 1384 on  (description; to confer)

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Now Out: Essay 1284 on 唆 (to influence)

The 295th essay has posted! Essay 1284 on 唆 (to influence) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

With 唆 you can make trouble and influence people. The influence may be as mild as offering a...

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Top Draw

I’ve long been a big fan of the word 看板 (かんばん: signboard). It goes back to the early days of my Japanese studies when I came across this phrase in a Murakami essay in Read Real Japanese: All You Need to Enjoy Eight Contemporary Writers (p. 134):

標語を書いた...

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