KYOTO – The kanji kita (北, north) has been selected as the character best capturing the national mood this year in Japan amid the heightened nuclear and missile threat posed by North Korea, a Kyoto-based kanji promotion organization said Tuesday.
Every December the people of Japan select a kanji character that best sums up the social and political zeitgeist of the previous 12 months.
Chief Buddhist priest Seihan Mori of Kiyomizu Temple hand wrote the character with a large calligraphy brush on a massive piece of paper at the famous temple where this year’s kanji was announced.
Last year, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation picked the kanji kin(金), meaning gold or money, after Japan won 12 gold medals at the Rio Olympics and former Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe was forced to resign over a political funds scandal.