Saturday, 17 December 2011

Bite-sized Japanter - N°20

In class the other day, I asked Ikehara-sensei whether there was any snobbery surrounding the use of hiragana over kanji in writing. Do clever people use kanji, where the un-clever have to stick to hiragana? Although in some cases this might be true, where the kanji is obscure or something along those lines, her answer was interesting.
In poetry, for instance, some poets choose to write with a lot of hiragana because they are curvy and beautiful, while kanji, she said, are “you know, a little bit, gaaaaaaaaaa!”
Yes, sensei, I do. 

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