Seihan Mori, chief Buddhist priest at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, writes the Chinese language “mitsu”, which means “congested” or “dense”, because the character was chosen as the only finest kanji symbolising the nationwide temper for the 12 months, in Japan.
Kyodo/by way of REUTERS
TOKYO — Japan on Monday chosen a kanji character used to encourage social distancing as its defining image for 2020, highlighting a catchphrase used extensively in the course of the coronavirus pandemic that even impressed its personal pc recreation.
The character “mitsu”, which means “congested” or “dense”, was derived from a buzzword “San-mitsu”, which was central to Japan’s method to the containing the pandemic. Translated as “Three Cs” in English, it refers to avoiding closed areas, crowds and shut contacts.
Japanese TV networks broadcast the annual announcement stay, with the grasp of the traditional Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto writing the character on an enormous white panel with an ink-soaked calligraphy brush.
“You will need to get “mitsu” between coronary heart and coronary heart,” an announcer on the occasion mentioned, citing a message from one voter who picked the image for the 12 months when individuals hold bodily distances from one another.
The “three Cs” time period was first launched by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, to induce the residents to remain indoors in the course of the first wave of coronavirus infections earlier this 12 months.
The catchphrase even impressed a pc recreation of Koike navigating by means of crowds whereas uttering her every day “mitsu desu” name for social distancing.
Since 1995, the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Basis, the occasion organizer, has carried out nationwide polls to select a Chinese language character, generally known as kanji, that sums up the social traits and occasions of every 12 months.
Final 12 months, the character “rei” used within the new period identify of Reiwa translated as stunning concord was picked.