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“Poop Kanji Town” opens in Tokyo with excrement-shaped items on the menu

The new collaboration combines Japanese-language learning with poop-shaped edible items.

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Government statistics reveal the most common Japanese surnames, makes Mr. Sato sad

Perhaps you would too if you share the same surname with 1.8 million people.

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W.T.F. Japan: One year anniversary special! Top 5 W.T.F. Japan articles 【Weird Top Five】

Plus a special announcement about the W.T.F. series!

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with ironic meanings【Weird Top Five】

It would just be silly if the kanji for “strong” had “weak” in it… right?

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Learn Japanese kanji with captivating stop-motion videos created by Tokyo animator

These adorable clips and characters will help you memorise kanji symbols and make you smile at the same time.

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Meaning of life discovered using Japanese calligraphy, math, and puns

To go from “death” to “life,” it turns out all you need is “42.”

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Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign?

Japanese citizens feel the symbolism-rich coin, which lacks something, can make travel in Japan difficult for foreign guests.

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Why is the Japanese kanji for “four” so frustratingly weird?

The history of the first kanji that makes many learners of Japanese want to pull their hair out, and why their initial guess isn’t entirely wrong.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most confusing Japanese compound words【Weird Top Five】

What happens when you put the kanji for “skin” and “meat” together? Uh, not what you think.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji with the longest readings 【Weird Top Five】

Some of these are so long they may require a friend to help say them.

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German linguist living in Japan says kanji characters used for Germany are discriminatory

Though the kanji can translate as “lonely country,” his complaint lies elsewhere.

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Brain Gymnastics Quiz: Move one matchstick to create the name of a Japanese Prefecture

Find out how you can create the name of a prefecture simply by moving just one of these matchsticks.

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One simple kanji character in super-simple Japanese sentence has five different pronunciations

Amazing versatility shows the depth and difficulty of the Japanese writing system.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 kanji used to represent foreign countries 【Weird Top Five】

“You use WHAT kanji for my country?!”

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most ridiculous kanji handwriting shortcuts【Weird Top Five】

Ryakuji – easy on the fingers but hard on the eyes.

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Kanji quiz! Find your Hokkaido spirit animal by seeing how many northern place names you can read

Is your spirit more of a Sapporo beer or a Sapporo bear? Find out with these kanji from the north that stump even Japanese people.

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“Gold” named 2016 Kanji of the Year

This is the third time “gold” (kin, 金) has been named Kanji of the Year.

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Top Japanese baby names for 2016 feature flowers and other flora on both boys’ and girls’ lists

Names with auspicious and beautiful meanings appear often in parents’ top picks.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 most insane kanji place names in Japan【Weird Top Five】

Just when you thought reading Japanese couldn’t get any harder.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 strangest kanji ever 【Weird Top Five】

Kanji, go home. You’re drunk.

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