JOK Notebook

Out of This World

The past week brought me kanji experiences that were out of this world!

Skywriting with Squid Ink

I checked out the movie Arrival with two friends. The plot revolves around a female linguist (how wonderful to see a brainy woman as the lead!) who is trying to communicate with octopus-like aliens that have arrived on Earth. She begins by teaching...

On Deck

Essay 2095 on 氾 (to Spread Out) Is Coming Next

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

December 9: essay 2095 on 氾 (to spread out)

December 16: essay 2023 on 摯...

What's New

Now Out: Essay 1627 on 迭 (to Replace Someone) and 5 New-Monics

The 236th essay has posted! Essay 1627 on 迭 (to replace someone) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Have you longed to see certain politicians get the ax? This kanji enables that to happen!...

What's New

November Newsletter Out

The November newsletter is now out, including photos of a Japanese TV crew filming me at my house as I spoke to them about kanji! The newsletter also brings you up to date about new and revised essays, new JOK Notebook posts, mnemonics, additions to Kanji Kaimono, a terrific deal for December, and more!

What's New

Now Out: 1 Revision and 5 New-Monics

A revision of this essay has posted:

essay 1558 on 濁 (muddiness; impurity; voiced)

Details are at the link. If you've bought this essay before or if you have a subscription, you can download a revision for free.

Also, Ulrike has produced a batch of...