kanji

Japan’s kanji character of the year for 2017 is “north”

Because one of Japan’s Asian neighbors had the nation’s eyes looking north again and again this year.

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Eat shit and learn Japanese with educational poo-inspired candies from Japan

Professor Poop wants to impart you with kanji knowledge during his temporary stay in your digestive system.

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Renowned Japanese calligraphy teacher ranks the top 10 kanji that foreigners like

Proves that we have a soft spot for flowers, wind, and little wavy boats.

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Foreigners misreading Japanese kanji of “two men one woman” is too pure for Japanese Internet

Apparently this kanji is read differently based on what country you’re from.

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Watch this renowned Japanese calligrapher effortlessly write “the hardest kanji ever”【Video】

She makes all 56 strokes look easy.

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Japanese idioms become cute anime girls in latest anthropomorphization video game【Video】

Language is power in Idiom Girl.

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Discrimination fears lead Japanese genetics society to replace words for dominant, recessive gene

But a potential problem is lurking in its proposed revision.

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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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