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capital; Tokyo; Kyoto
Kanji 99

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Synopsis

Learn to associate the キョウ, ケイ, and キン readings of 京 with very different contexts. Find out which three cities this character can represent. See how 京 pairs with all cardinal directions—but how “western capital” and “southern capital” aren’t what you’d expect. (One has a relationship to miso, the other to peanuts!) And learn about the people of Tokyo and Kyoto through old proverbs. 

Revision history:

Feb. 18, 2021: Considerably expanded the "Iroha" sidebar on p. 3.

Feb. 5, 2021: Originally published.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 99 on 京, titled "A Capital Idea"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
キョウ, ケイ
JOYO KUN-YOMI
None
STROKES8
RADICAL亠 (8: lid)
JLPTN4
HALPERN1297/1766
HENSHALL99/110
SPAHN2j6.3