JOK Notebook

Extreme Heat and Lots of Nudity

It's been sweltering here, the kind of heat that makes you regret having to wear clothes. Fortunately, the fog rolled in this afternoon, bringing relief but also confusion. The temperature dropped 11 degrees in an hour. If you're the type who does Celsius, you're on your own with the conversion because my brain melted long ago. 

Speaking of doing things on your...

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On Deck

Essay 1730 on 扉 (door) Is Coming Next

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

August 31: August newsletter

September 4: essay 1730 on 扉 (door, hinged door; title page)

September 11: essay 1732 on 罷 (to dismiss,...

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Now Out: Essay 2101 on 肘 (Elbow), 2 Revisions, and 9 New-Monics

The 179th essay has posted! Essay 2101 on 肘 (elbow) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn how the Japanese talk about leaning on elbows, standing with arms akimbo, hitting the funny...

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JOK Notebook

Unclenching the Fist

It started Sunday night when the garage door broke, trapping my car inside. There was no choice but to wait around all Monday for a repair guy. I did, and he fixed the problem quite competently (and expensively!) while I wrote essay 1020 on 悦 (delighted, pleased, happy, joy). 

It occurs to me only now what an irony that was...

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On Deck

Essay 2101 on 肘 (Elbow) Is Still Coming Next!

There's been a slight change in the schedule. Essay 2124 on 湧 (to well up) came out earlier than expected, which means that essay 2101 is still on deck. Here's what you can expect in coming weeks on Joy o' Kanji:

August 28:...

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