Friday, Feb. 11, 2005
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.