Kanji meaning "gold" picked to symbolize Japan's 2021 amid Olympic year

Kyodo -- Dec 14
The kanji for "kin," meaning gold or money, was picked as the single most representative Chinese character corresponding to the social mood in Japan this year, a Kyoto-based organization said Monday.

The selection came after Japan had its best-ever haul of 27 gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer. It is the fourth time "kin" has been chosen as the year's kanji after 2000, 2012 and 2016, which were also Olympic years.

Some also attributed their choice to the "golden" achievements of baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani and shogi board game prodigy Sota Fujii, while others gave the nod to cash handouts provided for COVID-19 relief.

The pick of the word for the 27th annual poll run by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation was based on votes cast by the general public. Among a total of 223,773 entries received this year, "kin" ranked first with 10,422 entries, according to the foundation.

日本漢字能力検定協会(京都市)は13日、2021年の世相を1字で表す「今年の漢字」が「金」に決まったと発表した。「清水の舞台」で知られる京都市東山区の清水寺で、森清範貫主が縦1・5㍍、横1・3㍍の和紙に特大の筆で揮毫した。