Japan Announces the 2021 Kanji of the Year, Reflecting Hope at a Dark Time
The 2021 kanji of the year.
Image Source: Mainichi
Despite the ups and downs that came with the spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, and then the omicron variant. Despite the national borders that have been closed and opened, and then closed again. Despite all this, Tokyo managed to pull off a unique summer Olympic Games, one with almost no spectators and strict safety policies, but also one where Japan excelled at sports both new and old, and Japanese athletes were able to earn quite a few gold medals. Of course, the public reaction to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics was not all sunshine and roses, and many locals were furious with the government for going through with the games in the end. But for others, the event was a refreshing bit of happy news in the middle of a pretty tough period of time, and even a golden beacon of hope.
From the 2020 kanji of the year announcement ceremony.
Image Source: Asahi
With omicron now on the loose, but countries still opening their borders, medical developments that many hope will make a lasting impact, and of course innumerable other events coming up soon in the year 2022, it's impossible to know how we'll remember it once it's over. At least we know we can count on the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation to find out what the public is thinking, and sum up the year for us once again next December!
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Name The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation (日本漢字能力検定協会)
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