Japan chooses ‘kizuna’ as kanji of 2011

Kizuna Kanji

Every year the Japanese public chooses a kanji to represent the year that was. This year’s kanji was ‘kizuna’ meaning bond. Here’s what a BBC article had to say about the selection.

For Japan, 2011 was dominated by the earthquake and tsunami in March. The disasters led to unprecedented numbers of Japanese helping one another. After the tsunami smashed into Japan’s north-east coast on 11 March, killing thousands and engulfing entire communities, people’s stoicism and their determination to pull together won international praise. In April the then prime minister Naoto Kan thanked the world for its help in a letter entitled “Kizuna – the Bonds of Friendship”.

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