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bee; hornet; wasp
Kanji 2109

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Synopsis

Find out why some Japanese eat bee larvae and "royal jelly," what traditional Japanese beekeeping involves, how Japanese and Western honeybees differ, and where bees thrive in Japan. Learn to count bees and to say that they're buzzing or that a swarm has attacked! Read about "buzzing" in the ears and bee uprisings, and see why a figurative queen bee seems sexy and marketable in Japan.

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Cover of Joy o' Kanji essay 2109 on 蜂 (bee), titled "All Abuzz"
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