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Now Out: Essay 1254 on 郊 (outskirts), 2 Radical Notes, and 5 New-Monics

The 466th essay has posted. Essay 1254 on 郊 (outskirts; suburb) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

The difference between cities and suburbs is hard to discern in Japan. A Japanese city includes the surrounding area, even if it is mountainous or rural. Read about that and learn to talk about city outskirts and suburbs. Also discover a term for any city located 1 to 1.5 hours by train from a metropolis, see where the Japanese do urban farming, and find out about so-called new towns.  

Two Radical Notes have posted:

Radical Note 129 on 聿, the “writing brush" radical

See why it seems as if this radical is on duty in the wrong Joyo kanji! 

Radical Note 131 on 臣, the “minister (of state)" radical: 

Find out how, although 臣 (512: servant) resembles a segment of a brick wall, that kanji and the identical radical represent something round!

These resources are free!

Finally, Ulrike has created these new-monics, which are also free:

拝 (956: worship)
班 (960: group)
否 (962: no)
陛 (967: imperial palace steps)
訪 (972: visit)


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