One day, I decided I was up for the challenge of enrolling in an N5 class. It’s the first of five Japanese class levels, N1 being the highest, that teaches Japanese calligraphy, grammar and vocabulary. I never had any training whatsoever nor did I have any attempts at learning the Japanese language but I figured I probably watched enough Miyazaki films and decided I would be just fine.
The next thing I know, I was back to being a toddler, totally clueless at these strange set of characters before me and somehow trying to figure out how to digest all of them at once. Our sensei has so far introduced us to about 200 characters and I must admit, it can be overwhelming at times. Man, there’s so much more to nihongo than Ohayou and Konichiwa.
But surprisingly, I find all of these pretty enjoyable. I mean, nobody coerced me into doing this so I’ll just have to enjoy this, right? But seriously, it seems like my japanese classes have given me a brand new set of eyes that has only recently allowed me to see a beautiful writing system that was once mere gibberish. Suddenly I recognize familiar kanji characters in my mitsubishi ballpen or in a food wrapper and just recently in a Restaurant signage I passed by going home. I have to control my excitement though as I am most tempted to ejaculate their english meanings on the spot, which in the case of the restaurant signage, caused some people to give me stares that ranged from curiosity to annoyance. Yes, I was in a jeepney.
Back to Kanji. Every character is made up of unique strokes and some of them I find really elegant and beautiful. So far, these are the characters that I find really beautiful. Can you try guessing their meanings?