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Kirakira Name and Shiwashiwa Name Posted by on Sep 29, 2021

I have talked about kanji in the last blog.  Today, I will talk about kirakira names (キラキラネーム).  So what are kirakira names?  They are names that sparkle, shine, and twinkle.  Most of them are very unusual – parents come up with sounds or rhythms they like, and apply kanji that may not relate to the…

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Kanji Quiz for Adult and Thoughts on Kanji Posted by on Sep 18, 2021

There is a kanji quiz called “Kanji Quiz for working adults” put out by Baila.  The quizzes are not easy.  Almost all kanji are certainly recognizable (認識できる ninshikidekiru), but how you read them is very difficult. Today’s kanji was 仄々.  I certainly was one of many that could not read this kanji.  It is read…

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Variety Makes Life Richer – Writing System Posted by on Aug 27, 2021

Like many people in the world, I started playing Animal Crossing New Horizon on a Nintendo Switch that my son had brought back from Kyoto. It was extremely hard to get one in the US or Japan due to the very high demand (需要 jyuyo), so that was great.  The great thing about the Switch…

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