Redundant

"Redundant" in kanji. Japanese calligraphy art by Nao.

Redundant

As I have explained before, most kanji characters have two types of readings: on’yomi and kun’yomi. Today’s character has only on’yomi and the sound “jō” does not tell us that it means redundant. While this character already means redundant, we need a redundant word to mean redundant. To make a redundant explanation short, we have chō, a word for redundancy. Both sound and characters express redundancy.

A redundant story is “jōchō na hanashi.”

zetsu is eloquence. Jōdan is a joke or a jest. The dan of jōdan means conversation.

Somebody coined the word ku meaning a joke.


  1. The kanji for "Redundant" with the stroke order and arrows showing directions.Draw the dot to the left.
  2. Draw the hook.
  3. Draw the sweeping stroke.
  4. Draw the crooked stroke. The first part is horizontal. The second part is a curve with an upward turn.

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