JOK Notebook

Decoding Romaji and Drinking Straight from the Bottle

I'm continuing to enjoy The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, the anthology that Jay Rubin expertly edited. After reading each story, I return to Haruki Murakami's insightful introduction so I can understand just what the author meant to convey, because I often feel that I've missed the point. As...

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On Deck

Radical Note 89 on 爻 and Essay 2053 on 爽 (refreshing) Are Coming Next

Here's what you can expect next on Joy o' Kanji:

January 18 or earlierRadical Note 89 on 爻, the "mixing" radical

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1226 on 幻 (phantom), 2 Revisions, and 5 New-Monics

The 320th essay has posted! Essay 1226 on 幻 (phantom; illusion; fantasy) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

This kanji enables us to talk about what isn’t really there: illusory...

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Essay 1226 on 幻 (Phantom) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect next on Joy o' Kanji:

January 11: essay 1226 on 幻 (phantom; illusion; fantasy)

 

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Now Out: Radical Note 52 on 幺 and 5 New-Monics

Radical Note 52 on 幺, the "short thread" radical, has posted! This resource is free.

Also, Ulrike created the following new-monics (which are free!):

民 (590: people)
眠 (1842: to sleep)
窯 (1881:...

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