Japanese kanji of 2011: 絆

絆 - picture from http://www.kirainet.com/This year, Japanese people chose the kanji  (きずな – kizuna) to represent them. It means “bonds” and it’s been selected because of the collaboration of the Japanese people after the earthquake and tsunami to recover the affected areas.

After being chosen, the kanji is written by an expert calligrapher in the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto.

The second and third selected kanji were:

  • – disaster, calamity
  • – quake, shake

As you can see the selection of those kanji were so influenced by the disaster happened 9 months ago.

What do you think about those kanji?

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