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Now Out: Essay 2136 on 呂 (ロ sound)

The 325th essay has posted! Essay 2136 on 呂 (ロ sound) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

With this deep dive into the world of Japanese baths, learn about the Indian roots of Japanese bathing practices, the custom of bathing at someone else's house, the way to heat cold bathwater, the purpose of bathtub covers, and figurative descriptions of muggy weather. Also find out about various bathing environments, whether indoor, outdoor, water-free, sandy, or hazardous!

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

As there are 2,136 Joyo kanji, 呂 (kanji 2136) is the last in a long list on Joy o' Kanji! And because Joy o' Kanji numbering is based on Henshall's numbering of the 1,945 kanji in his original edition, I thought our numbering systems would be similar even when he came out with an edition for all 2,136 kanji. I finally bought his revised book, and I discovered that he completely redid his numbering scheme. For him, 呂 is kanji 2119. We're no longer synced up. Oh, well! This essay of mine is the first one in which I have reflected his new numbering system. I will gradually add those numbers everywhere necessary.

Ulrike is off and will return next week with new-monics.


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