Archive for the 'On Kanji 2' Category

Joy o’ Kanji

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Joy o’ Kanji is a massive project in which I am writing essays about each of the Joyo kanji (that is, the characters used in daily life in Japan). Readers can download these essays in PDF format for an amazingly low price. In a sense, Joy o’ Kanji essays are profiles. After all, the characters [...]

Nichi Bei Times:
Review of Crazy for Kanji

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Reviewed by Sarah Yuen in the summer 2009 book review issue of this San Francisco–based newspaper This is no kanji workbook, nor is it a textbook, nor is it simply a games book… It’s a fun and informative read for people who are interested in the origins of language or simply want to learn ways [...]

Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin:
Review of Crazy for Kanji

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Reviewed by Katharine H. Jewett in the summer 2009 issue. Jewett is a French teacher and head of Choate’s languages department. In 2008 she returned to Choate after living with her family in Japan for two years. When I told friends I was moving to Japan in 2006, two who had previously lived in the [...]

Crazy for Kanji: What People Are Saying

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Japan Times columnist Mary Sisk Noguchi 1. Mary Sisk Noguchi, a columnist for the Japan Times, said this in her review: “Crazy for Kanji will provide you with new information about Sino-Japanese characters, not to mention a generous dose of inspiration. If you have ever labored through humdrum kanji-learning aids, you may be pleased to [...]

Cute Cows!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Did you ever know cows could be so cute?! Photos here are courtesy of Darlene Aldridge, DVM, at Star Creek Ranch in Somerville, Texas. For more of her bovine photography, click here. Grasshopper. Shady and Toy. Back to the Blog

Answers to Verbal Logic Quiz 2:
Feathers and Flowers and Fins (Oh, My!)

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Credit: Derek Jensen Cattails in Indiana. Credit: Charles Webber @ California Academy of Sciences Foxtail, or Setaria viridis. Credit: Brendan Heywood Horsetails in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Back to the Blog

Answers to Verbal Logic Quiz 1:
Crazy Compounds with Tails

Monday, May 21st, 2007

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Makizushi Terms

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Back to “Rolling Up with a Good Book” Back to the Blog

Rolling Up with a Good Book

Monday, May 21st, 2007

For Makizushi Terms Back to the Blog

This Is the End, Beautiful Friend

Monday, May 21st, 2007

A Deeper Look at 巻 Back to the Blog

Kurosawa’s Film of the Same Title

Monday, May 21st, 2007

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Other O Kun-Yomi

Monday, May 21st, 2007

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Why I’m Telling This Irrelevant Story

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Seven years ago, I submitted this story to a magazine, and they accepted it. I was thrilled, especially because acceptances were rare for me in those days. They even offered to pay me (something that still feels rare now!). And then I never heard from them again. Turns out the magazine folded quite soon after [...]

Tell-Tail Evidence

Monday, May 21st, 2007

A shopping plaza in Walnut Creek, California, features a bronze statue of a life-sized, female cougar in stalking position. My husband and I stood there one day, admiring the statue and observing the well-cared-for dogs who wander around the plaza while their owners shop. We watched as a freely roaming golden retriever took note of [...]

Answers to Verbal Logic Quiz 2:
Not Quite the Horse’s Mouth

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Vagina Breakdown

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

The Fat Horse in Mudaguchi

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Turning the Mouth Inside Out

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Poor Talkers

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

An Even Deeper Look

Open and Closed Orifices

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007