JOK Notebook

Wit as a Weapon

Welcome back from the holiday break, and Happy New Year!

Or is it not so happy? As we head into a time that feels dark and unappealing, many of us are deeply anxious. When the heart is heavy, it's hard to joke around (or may even seem inappropriate), but I believe it's never been more important to focus on joy and playfulness. For me...

On Deck

Essay 1311 on 暫 (Awhile) Is Coming Next

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

January 20: essay 1311 on 暫 (awhile)

January 27 or thereabouts: ...

What's New

Now Out: Essay 1239 on 悟 (to Understand) and 6 New-Monics

Welcome back from the holiday break! The 240th essay has posted! Essay 1239 on 悟 (to understand, realize; become enlightened) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Do you know how to talk about...

What's New

Now Out: 5 New-Monics

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

赤 (46: red)
歌 (84: song)
線 (329: line)
嚇 (1080: to intimidate)
赦 (1336: to pardon)

What's New

December 2016 Newsletter Now Out

The December 2016 newsletter is now out, including a tally of the year's output, compelling images from recent essays, news about the kanji of the year, hot-off-the-press books, special deals on Kanji Kaimono, mnemonics, and much more!