JOK Notebook

The Shadowy Middle Ground of Murakami

In all the years I've been studying Japanese, one of my dreams has been to read Haruki Murakami in Japanese. I mean, I've done it, using annotated readers to study two of his essays, but it's hardly the same as picking up his novels and breezing through them unassisted.

Anyway, his Japanese unexpectedly came my way today. That is, I was writing about this term in the...

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Essay 1681 on 濃 (concentrated) Is Coming Next

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

May 29: Essay 1681 on 濃 (concentrated, thick, dark, undiluted, dense)

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Now Out: Essay 1064 on 皆 (all), a Radical Note, 5 Essay Revisions, and 8 New-Monics

The 168th essay has posted! Essay 1064 on 皆 (all, everything; everyone) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out about a kanji that invites you to make sweeping statements. Rich in...

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JOK Notebook

Fortune Fit for a Queen

Last weekend my Japanese language partner Kensuke mentioned Facebook during our regular Skype chat. He doesn't use Facebook, but someone close to him does, and I became quite curious to see what that someone looked like. Using the "Share Screen" feature of Skype (I adore that!) so that Kensuke could see what I saw, I searched Facebook...

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On Deck

Essay 1064 on 皆 (all) Is Coming Next

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

May 22: Essay 1064 on 皆 (all, everything; everyone)

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