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Friday, Feb. 11, 2005


'Kanji of the Year' exhibition

Hanging scrolls bearing "Kanji of the Year" from the past 10 years are the subject of an exhibition at Maruzen Bookstore's main shop in Tokyo's Marunouchi.

Each year, a kanji emblematic of that year is selected through nationwide voting sponsored by the Kyoto-based Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation. In 2004, due to the many typhoons that hit Japan, the Niigata earthquakes, record hot weather and a fatal accident at the Mihama nuclear-power plant in Fukui Prefecture, the kanji sai/wazawai, meaning "disaster," came out on top.

"Kotoshi no Kanji-ten (The Exhibition of the 'Kanji of the Year')" is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (till 4 p.m. on the last day) through Feb. 14 in Gallery A on the fourth floor of the OAZO Bldg. near JR Tokyo Station. Admission is free.

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