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monkey
Kanji 1028

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Synopsis

In Japanese words and expressions, the monkey alternately comes off as badly behaved, wise, foolish, cunning, imitative, and uncontrolled in its passions. The interpretations of this creature’s mind shift as quickly as a monkey jumping from branch to branch. Find out the Japanese equivalents of "fighting like cats and dogs," "monkey mind," and "Curious George." Also learn about the world-famous monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil.

Revision history:

Sept. 28, 2012:

• Added 29 (!) photos. Of those, 21 are of monkeys at Monkey Park on the island of Shodoshima. Don't miss them!
• Also reversed the order of the yomi in 三猿, putting さんざる before さんえん. People use さんざる more often.

Dec. 19, 2011:

• This essay now has three more photos, all featuring 猿.
• The broken link from the Character Profile to Radical Note 94 is no longer broken.
• Sidebar 4 now states that 股 is in the Joyo set (rather than calling it non-Joyo).
• There's more complete information on page 1 about the precise whereabouts of monkeys in Japan.
• Image quality is a bit higher.

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