This years kanji

12 Dec

Every December a 漢字 (Japanese kanji character) is chosen in Japan that best summarizes the year that is ending…and it becomes the official 「今年の漢字」 (“Kanji of the Year”) in a ceremony in Kyoto with the temple monk writing the character in calligraphy brushstrokes on a large board.

The 2011 Kanji of the Year is 「絆」 ("Bond").

The official character for 2011 was announced today. It’s 「絆」 (Kizuna)…which means “(to) bond“.

This was chosen because of the way the people of Japan and the world came together to help the victims of the March 11 earthquake.

(Last year (2010), the Kanji of the Year meant “hot”. Click here to find out why.)

6 Responses to “This years kanji”

  1. tokyo5 December 15, 2011 at 12:28 am #

    >I can’t believe some of the kanji that were suggested.

    For example?

    I heard the kanji that got the second and third most votes (respectively) were the characters for “disaster” and “quake“. Not uplifting choices like “bonding“, but they seem relevant to events of 2011.


  2. cocomino December 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I like 絆。 It was a good selection.


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2011 at 1:04 am #

      Yes, it has a nice meaning…and it reminds us of the positive events that came out of the March 11 disaster.


      • sixmats December 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

        Especially compared to the other choices. I can’t believe some of the kanji that were suggested.


  3. musings December 13, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Oh shucks! I thought you gave me a “heads up” that I could tell my mother something she might not know. Too late! When I asked her if she knew what this year’s kanji was she said, “Oh course, kizuna.” Dang! She’d heard it in this morning’s Japanese news.


    • tokyo5 December 14, 2011 at 1:02 am #

      Your mother lives in America but keeps up with her homeland’s news. Great!


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