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Parakeet Problems

The following sign brought up all sorts of feelings for me, which is weird because it's about parakeets, and I don't think I have deep-rooted issues about parakeets:

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Essay 1962 on 唄 (Song) Is Coming Next

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

March 24: essay 1962 on 唄 (song), in a change of plan

March 31: essay 1414 on...

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Now Out: Essay 2111 on 頰 (Cheek) and 5 New-Monics

The 248th essay has posted! Essay 2111 on 頰 (cheek) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn how to talk about delicious food by mentioning cheeks that fall! See what full and hollow cheeks...

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Now Out: 5 New-Monics

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

思 (131: to think)
隅 (1187: corner)
恵 (1196: blessing)
穂 (1460: ear of grain)
慮 (1904: consideration)

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The Elusive Spirit

Lately I've been craving elusive tastes: malty, smoky, yeasty, earthy ... These flavors are so elusive that I sometimes lack words for them. All the sensations are strong, and yet they somehow slip away quickly. I find myself seeking them in homemade yeasty bread laced with cardamom, in dark and mysterious puer, and in a wonderful smoked tea liqueur that made its way into my...