Kanji of the Year 2017 is …


That’s right they even have a Kanji (Chinese Character) of the year in Japan, and this year is no exception with the ‘北’ (きた or Kita – meaning North) character being elected as the most suitable for 2017. You can also check our Japanese Guide for Directions, for a list of similar Kanji characters and more.

The motivation comes from the looming threat of North Korea (aka 北朝鮮 or Kitachouson), as they continue to antagonise the Japanese community with their constant missile tests, threats and their unrelenting pursuit of nuclear arms.

In its most recent round of missile tests, North Korea has launched several into the sea of Japan, and two over the northern Japanese continent. In addition to its ongoing nuclear threat, as it tries to develop and miniaturise a warhead for short, medium and long-range weapons.

In the previous year of 2016, Japan declared that its Kanji of the year was ‘金’ (きん or Kin – meaning gold), this was in celebration of the 12 gold medals it had earned from the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games. Japan and Tokyo are no doubt have higher aspirations for the medal tally, especially as it is the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games.


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