kanji

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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Japanese idol group member misses performance after misreading train station kanji

In Japan, one kanji character can make a lot of difference.

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Do you know some Japanese? Test out your skills with this Japanese “math” puzzle

Can you bend your brain to turn “three” into a “ball?”

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The packing-tape calligraphy master visits us and shows us how to make our own sticky signs【Pics】

What better way to have a calligraphy master show off their skills than by writing “RocketNews24?”

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The one and only master of train station packing-tape calligraphy shares his story and inspiration

Say hello to Shuetsu Sato, the man whose handcrafted packing-tape masterpieces guide millions every day.

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W.T.F. Japan: Top 5 myths about learning Japanese【Weird Top Five】

Japanese is a crazy language, but not for the reasons you might expect. Read More

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

The kanji with the most strokes – you may run out of ink before you finish writing some of these.

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Why does Japanese writing need three different sets of characters? (Part 2)

We’re back and ready to take on the third, and most puzzling, type of Japanese text: katakana.

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Why does Japanese writing need three different sets of characters? (Part 1)

No, it’s not because the Japanese language hates you.

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“Safety” voted Japan’s official kanji of 2015

After a year of taxes and a previous year of rings, “safety” is the word that resonates true in the hearts of Japanese in 2015.

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Japanese teacher’s explanation about “individuality” to kids has a deep, beautiful meaning

Individuality is more than just writing kanji slightly differently from each other.

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Hey, “cool guy!” Here’s why you should double-check the meaning of your Japanese kanji T-shirt

With its brushstroke-style Japanese text, this T-shirt might look cool, but it’s literally ridiculous.

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Transforming kanji watches not so great for telling time, perfect for being awesome

With the advent of cellphones, wristwatches have become less and less common, meaning makers have had to get more and more creative capture the attention of customers. One perfect example is this Japanese watch company that has started selling watches that use transforming metal kanji characters to tell the time!

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10 badass four-character phrases to add to your Japanese language toolkit

With enough hard work, anyone can learn to speak and read Japanese. But you know you’ve truly made it as a Nihongo master only when you can effortlessly break out a few yojijukugo, or four-kanji idioms. Join us after the jump for 10 of our favourites!

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Japan’s top baby names for 2015: Will Naruto-influenced monikers still reign supreme?

Choosing a name for your newborn son or daughter can be tough. Not only are you responsible for bestowing a name upon another human being—a collection of vowels and consonants that that will stick with them for life and likely have a profound effect on how people initially perceive their owner—but if you live in a country like Japan, then you not only have to choose the baby’s name, but how it will be written in kanji characters as well. Talk about pressure.

But that’s the reason we have baby name lists! For the past two years we’ve been keeping track of the most popular names for baby boys and girls in Japan, and this year we’re keeping up the tradition. Take a peek at what trends are spreading through Japan by seeing which names are in this year and which are out.

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