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Essay 1836 on 抹 (to rub away) Is Now Out

The 138th essay has posted! Essay 1836 on 抹 (to rub away, erase; to paint) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Find out everything you've wanted to know about matcha (powdered green tea) but were afraid to ask! See who first produced it and when, its role in the tea ceremony, and how matcha differs from a similar tea given for free at restaurants. Discover what people blend matcha with, from salt to beer! Also learn how 抹 relates to incense, whales, erasure, brushstrokes, and Denmark!

Using the accompanying Phrase Maze game on the Character Home Page, you can practice the vocabulary in the essay after reading it. 

Several games for older essays have also become available:

essay 1141 on 菊 (chrysanthemum)
essay 1144 on 詰 (to pack into, cram, stuff; be clogged)
essay 1164 on 峡 (ravine, gorge; strait)
essay 1167 on 恐 (fear; dread; awe; overwhelmed (e.g., with gratitude); probably)
essay 1176 on 斤 (loaf (of bread), unit of weight (600 g), ax)
essay 1650 on 陶 (pottery; training; contented, entranced)
essay 1663 on 峠 (mountain pass, highest point on a mountain road; peak (of a crisis, trend, etc.))
essay 1686 on 排 (to exclude, expel, reject; anti-; discharge, exhaust, drain; excrete)

In addition, there are some new mnemonics:

十 (33: ten)
夏 (82: summer)
計 (105: to measure)
数 (151: number)
擦 (1306: to grate)


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