| Aug 19, 2009

Driving you 'crazy for kanji' — in a good way

by Mary Sisk Noguchi

Here’s an addiction that doesn’t require a 12-step recovery program. For the past six years, Berkeley, Calif.-based freelance writer Eve Kushner has been a self-proclaimed, unapologetic “kanji-holic.” Kushner details her passion for Sino-Japanese characters in a new textbook, “Crazy for Kanji: A Student’s Guide ...

| Aug 19, 2008

Cache of weapons concealed in kanji

by Mary Sisk Noguchi

By 200 A.D., Chinese scholars had already created the 50,000-kanji prototype for the modern written languages of China and Japan. Many Sino-Japanese characters still in use today feature components picturing objects from everyday life in ancient China, including weapons for battling other humans or ...

| Jun 17, 2008

King Kojien dictionary knights new words

by Mary Sisk Noguchi

The four writing systems utilized in Japanese (>kanji, katakana, hiragana and the Roman alphabet, known as romaji ) provide Japanese advertising copywriters, journalists and young people with an abundance of raw material from which to create new words. The great majority of these neologisms ...