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again; and, also; on the other hand, or; "again" radical
Kanji 1835

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Synopsis

Though 又 looks simple and has just one Joyo yomi, it's not so straightforward, as it can mean opposite things: "and" and "or." Mostly, it means "again," which also seems simple, but emotionally it's not. When things happen repeatedly, we have strong feelings, as we see in songs such as "When Will I See You Again?" or "I'll Never Love This Way Again." Because people often sing about repeating patterns in life, and because songs are inherently cyclical, I've found musical pairings for each nuance of “again," much as a sommelier finds wine to accompany any given dish. You'll be tapping your toes and singing along as you read! You'll also learn about 又 as a radical.

Revision history: 

July 17, 2015: Added "'again' radical" as a definition in the Character Profile on p. 1.

Apr. 11, 2013: On p. 13, I changed the yomi of 古井 to ふるい.

Mar. 31, 2013: Fixed links on pages 3,4, 6, 7, and 8.

Sept. 19, 2012: On p. 7, I altered the definition of 又は. It can't mean "and/or," so I deleted that. Also, I revised the photo caption on p. 13. The 4th line of the sign did not have a 及び ... 又は structure, as I had indicated. The 及び is part of the name of the law. 

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