White Heat - JOK Notebook

The newest essay, which is on 糾 (to investigate; twist strands into a rope; gather people; put the screws on someone), contains a senten...

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Using One's Noodle - JOK Notebook

I thought I knew a lot about noodles until I wrote essay 2118 on 麺 (noodles), which certainly made me use my noodle. (Groan!) Below you...

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The Animals Prowling Tokyo Streets - JOK Notebook

In the last blog post, I mentioned that Russell Hogg had developed a fun obsession with the signposts on some Tokyo slopes an...

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A Transfer to Heaven and Other Euphemisms - JOK Notebook

When I first saw this book cover, which I've included in the forthcoming essay 1751 on 赴 (to head to), I was astonished:

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