We had a sensory theme in September, 感じる Kanjiru (to experience, to sense), and we wrote and pronounced the characters for each of the Five Senses, as well as certain katakana and hiragana 👁️👂👃👅✋
We looked at related kanji and commonly used vocabulary, there are many practical combinations of Gokan (five senses) kanji in words that are to do with the senses and experience.
The kanji we looked at in the quiz part of the group were related to mon 門 gateway (a picture of a gate): mon 問 question (mouth in the gate); kan 閑 leisure (tree in the gateway); aida 間 space (sunlight in the gateway), interval; and tsukaeru 閊える to be blocked, obstructed (mountain in the gateway). It was fascinating to consider these visuals and meanings.
Blair also chatted about some Japanese food packaging of nori seaweed, translating and discussing the cultural aspects of the writing and design.
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