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KANJI OF THE YEAR

Seihan Mori, the chief Buddhist priest of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, writes the kanji character "zei," meaning "tax," with a calligraphy brush to announce the Kanji of the Year.
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 15, 2023
Despite a taxing year, 2023's top kanji still draws questions
In a year of major crises around the world, Japanese voters pick the kanji for "zei," meaning "tax," based on a plan yet to be implemented.
Seihan Mori, chief priest of Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, writes "zei" (taxes), which was chosen on Tuesday as the kanji of the year.
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2023
Talk of taxes spurs choice for Japan’s kanji of the year
The choice came as tax hikes and cuts were heavily covered in the news and discussed among policymakers.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 16, 2022
If you thought 2022 was a battle, this year's top kanji pick shows you weren’t alone
The kanji of the year for 2022 is used for wars and struggles, while this year's buzzwords referenced sports lingo and a Norwegian pop tune.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 17, 2021
All is not golden with the 2021 selection for kanji of the year
There was a sense of serious deja vu when 'u91d1' (kin) was announced as kanji of the year for 2021, it's fourth time to take the honor.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 13, 2021
'Kin' (gold) chosen as the kanji character of 2021
With references to Olympic medals, baseball legends and cash handouts, the 2021 selection highlighted 24-karat moments from a turbulent year.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language / BILINGUAL
Dec 22, 2020
The secret is out: This kanji will remain closely associated with the pandemic of 2020
The Japanese have spoken, 'u5bc6' (mitsu) is the kanji of the year for 2020. But what is this kanji trying to say to us?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 14, 2020
'Mitsu': Kanji of the year sums up pandemic in Japan 2020
The character, which on its own means 'close' or 'dense,' garnered 28,401 votes — 13.65% of the 208,025 cast in a nationwide poll.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Dec 17, 2019
What would a 'kanji of the decade' say about the state of Japan?
This year's kanji of the year is 'u4ee4,' but writer Paul Dargan posits a guess as to what the kanji of the decade might be while looking back on the annual tradition and what the top picks say about the state of the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2019
Rei (令), first character of Reiwa era name, picked as Japan's kanji of the year
The character "rei" (令) — as used in the era name of Reiwa, which has been translated to mean "beautiful harmony" — was chosen as kanji of the year, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation announced Thursday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2018
Kanji of the year, meaning 'disaster,' symbolizes 2018 amid natural and human calamities
The kanji sai (災, disaster) was picked as the Chinese character best describing this year's social mood in Japan, amid a string of natural and man-made calamities, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization announced Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2017
Kita, meaning north, named 2017 kanji of the year amid growing North Korea threat
The kanji kita (北, north) has been selected as the character best capturing the national mood this year in Japan amid the heightened nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 12, 2016
Kanji meaning gold or money picked as best symbolizing 2016
The kanji for kin, meaning gold or money, has been picked as the character best symbolizing this year's social mood in Japan, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 15, 2015
'An,' meaning safety, named Japan's kanji of the year for 2015
The kanji an, which denotes safety or peace, best symbolizes the national mood in 2015, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday.

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