JOK Notebook

Colorful Calligraphy

On a recent road trip through Oregon and Washington State, I had a great, though brief, reunion with Laurence “Lani” Wiig. Years ago, he edited my kanji book, and he has since developed an evolving style of kanji calligraphy. This rendering of the prefecture name 石川 (いしかわ) is one of my favorite pieces of his:

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September 2021 Newsletter Is Coming Next

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September 30: September newsletter!

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Now Out: Essay 1464 on 枢 (pivot; important part) and 5 New-Monics

The 419th essay has posted! Essay 1464 on 枢 (pivot; important part) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The bolt called 枢 (くるる) slides into the cavity called 枢 (とぼそ), just as the knob called 枢 (...
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Essay 1464 on 枢 (pivot; important part) Is Coming Next

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September 24: Essay 1464 on 枢 (pivot; important part)

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Now Out: Essay 2052 on 曽 (previously; great- (in family lineage))

The 418th essay has posted! Essay 2052 on 曽 (previously; great- (in family lineage)) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

See which yomi tripped up a prime minister, prompting endless ridicule....
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