JOK Notebook

Kanji in the Time of Catastrophe

The past week was about power—or the lack thereof.

In Northern and Central California we received dire warnings about how PG&E (our gas and electric company) would be turning off power to large portions of the state and leaving it off for nearly a week. A barrage of notifications came from two fire departments, the police department...

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Now Out: Essay 2015 on 采 (dice) and 3 New-Monics

The 352nd essay has posted! Essay 2015 on 采 (dice; appearance) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out about a kanji that carries meanings as disparate as “dice” and “...

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Essay 2118 on 麺 (Noodles) Is Coming Next

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October 18: essay 2118 on  (...

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JOK Notebook

Smoke Signals

My husband, dogs, and I recently traveled south to Montecito, a beach town near Santa Barbara, California. At a Thai restaurant one night, our server chatted with us about the area and then asked why we had come. I mentioned my upcoming birthday, and before I knew it she presented us with free dessert—a dish of coconut ice cream.

I was...

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On Deck

Essay 2015 on 采 (Dice) Is Coming Next

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October 11: essay 2015 on  (...

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