2013’s “kanji”

13 Dec

Every December, a Japanese kanji character is chosen as 「今年の漢字」 (“the kanji of the year”).

You can click here to read my post about last year’s (2012) kanji of the year,
click here for 2011‘s,
click here for 2010‘s,
click here for 2009‘s,
and click here for 2008‘s.

This year’s (2013) Kanji of the Year was just chosen.


It’s 「」 (りん(“rin“)).

It means “ring” and was chosen in honor of the Olympics rings because of Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 summer Olympics.

2 Responses to “2013’s “kanji””

  1. phoenolf December 13, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    this is the first time I have ever heard of this, does this happen in certain parts of japan or all of japan?


    • tokyo5 December 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      It’s done once a year at a ceremony at a temple in Kyoto. The one character is the “kanji of the year” for all of Japan.


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