Archive for the 'On Kanji' Category

Kanji Blog Post #6

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Tell-Tale Tails, May 22, 2007
When a reader suggested that I investigate the “tail” kanji, I immediately hopped to it. After all, whether they’re curling around branches, wagging hard with excitement, or being fluffed up squirrel-style, tails are among the best features of the animal world….

Kanji Blog Post #5

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Word of Mouth, May 15, 2007
I recently learned that there are no circles in kanji characters (something I’d never considered!). Any round object becomes square in pictographs. Now I see why the mouth kanji …

Kanji Blog Post #4

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

You Ain’t Nothing But an Insect, Cryin’ All the Time, May 8, 2007
When a Japanese friend and I discussed risk taking, she kept calling herself a “chicken” (displaying impressive, colloquial English). I wanted to reassure her that I sometimes feel the same way. Wondering if …

Kanji Blog Post #3

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Of the Same Mind, May 1, 2007
While emailing a Japanese friend about my latest experiments with alternative medicine, I looked up “homeopathy” in the dictionary. Along with the loanword homeopashii, I found …

Kanji Blog Post #2

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Financial Flexibility, April 24, 2007
The other day, I surprised myself by writing in my journal that because of my uncle’s illness, my aunt must be “taxed and spent.” I meant to allude …

Kanji Blog Post #1

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Neck and Neck, April 17, 2007
Do Japanese people regard the nose of an airplane as its neck?! I initially thought so when I examined the kanji for …