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10:44 am - 12/13/2012

'Kin' chosen as kanji character best representing 2012


The written character “kin,” meaning “gold,” has been chosen as the character best representing the sentiment and events in Japan in 2012.

The Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, a Kyoto-based organization that promotes kanji, conducts the survey nationwide every year. More than 260,000 submissions were received this year, with “kin” being the most popular. The head priest at Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto unveiled the character on Wednesday.

Reasons given by survey respondents for choosing “kin” were that it reflected Japan’s gold medal haul at the London Olympics, it signified Shinya Yamanaka co-winning the Nobel prize for medicine and that it symbolized the opening of Tokyo Skytree.

Last year, the winning character was “kizuna,” meaning family bonds. In 2010, the vote went to “sho,” meaning hot, after a sweltering summer. In 2009, the winner was “shin”, meaning new, as Barack Obama became the first black U.S. president.


baboy_19 13th-Dec-2012 12:23 pm (UTC)
accurate for me since I think this is the year that I spent money like crazy!! from personal life to my fandom life....HAHA!!!

rainbow_yarn 13th-Dec-2012 12:29 pm (UTC)
so, money

'kizuna' doesn't just mean 'family' bonds
eureeka 13th-Dec-2012 01:55 pm (UTC)
I like 金 because I'm really ready for it to be 金曜日
chifunii 13th-Dec-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
izumi_ixa 13th-Dec-2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Well, to me was also "金", but more than "kin" was "お金" (because I bought a lot of Japanese things this year, and they are not the cheapest in the world, precisely xD).

By the way, "絆" (Kizuna) not only means "family bonds", but "bonds". I guess it's more related to the disaster that happened last year, added to the "bonds" that were between Japan and the world, and even between themselves.
chifunii 13th-Dec-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
lolufailhard 13th-Dec-2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
"In 2009, the winner was “shin”, meaning new, as Barack Obama became the first black U.S. president."
oo I didn't know that. that's awesome lol

and yea I supposed that's quite a fitting character for this year.
uncieloazul 13th-Dec-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
it was because of Kintama /kicked
kotobatachi 14th-Dec-2012 09:16 am (UTC)
Was my first thought, too. lol
stole_away 14th-Dec-2012 01:37 am (UTC)
lol yes, with the money I spent on Japan stuffs this year, yup, kin will do LOL
bridgetothesky 15th-Dec-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
kizuna was better

kin just means money to everyone
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