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Now Out: Essay 1974 on 葛 (kudzu), 1 Revision, and 5 New-Monics

The 414th essay has posted! Essay 1974 on 葛 (kudzu; arrowroot) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn about a vine that has enhanced Japanese life. People use its root to thicken dishes, particularly desserts that turn out to be healthy, and to help cure fevers, hangovers, colds, and more. The fiber of the 葛 vine goes into fusuma screens and scrolls, and a word including 葛 plays a role in a famous folktale. There’s much more to tell you, but doing so would give away three quiz answers! 

Also, I revised the last essay, adding late-breaking information about issues related to the stroke count:

essay 2094 on 箸 (chopsticks)

Finally, Ulrike created the following new-monics:

野 (213: field)
曜 (216: day of the week)
院 (229: institution)
温 (237: warm)
完 (440: complete)


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