JOK Notebook

The Animals Prowling Tokyo Streets

In the last blog post, I mentioned that Russell Hogg had developed a fun obsession with the signposts on some Tokyo slopes and that he had kindly shared his collection of signpost photos with me. Today we'll look at some with animal themes.

Several slope names emerged because certain animals frequented...

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On Deck

Radical Note 199 on 麦, the "Wheat" Radical, Is Coming Next

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

August 23: Radical Note 199 on 麦, the "wheat" radical

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What's New

Now Out: Essay 1967 on 旺 (vigorous)

The 346th essay has posted! Essay 1967 on 旺 (vigorous) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

If you’re a spirited sort, this essay is for you! It’s about being full of energy, drive...

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JOK Notebook

A Wild-Goose Chase

Here's a radical quiz for you. What do you get when you put a person and an old bird together under a cliff? What if you then add a tree?

I'm talking about this word:

雁木 (がんぎ: (1) zigzag pattern; zigzag formation; (2) steps down from a pier; (3) pathway covered by extended eaves to protect the path from snow)
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On Deck

Essay 1967 on 旺 (vigorous) Is Coming Next

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

August 16: essay 1967 on  (vigo...

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