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What I Learned from "Seinfeld" and the 爽 Essay

There are many ways to refresh the mind and body. My favorites include going for a walk, heading to the woods or beach, disappearing into the world of a movie, or traveling. Sleeping is also a pretty good path to a fresh start! Whatever the method, one is likely to see life in a slightly new way afterward.

Coincidentally, working on...

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Essay 1110 on 寛 (broad) Is Coming Next

Here's what you can expect next on Joy o' Kanji:

January 25: essay 1110 on 寛 (broad; magnanimous; lenient; relaxed)

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Now Out: Essay 2053 on 爽 (refreshing), 1 Radical Note, 1 Revision, and 5 New-Monics

The 321st essay has posted! Essay 2053 on 爽 (refreshing) is now available for purchase. Here's a preview:

Learn to mention lactic acid bacteria in ads for alcohol as a way of making a drink sound refreshing! Of course,...

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Decoding Romaji and Drinking Straight from the Bottle

I'm continuing to enjoy The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, the anthology that Jay Rubin expertly edited. After reading each story, I return to Haruki Murakami's insightful introduction so I can understand just what the author meant to convey, because I often feel that I've missed the point. As...

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Radical Note 89 on 爻 and Essay 2053 on 爽 (refreshing) Are Coming Next

Here's what you can expect next on Joy o' Kanji:

January 18 or earlierRadical Note 89 on 爻, the "mixing" radical

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