Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple, uses an ink-soaked calligraphy brush to write the Chinese character of “disaster”. Photo: AFP

Japan chooses Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as defining symbol for 2018

  • At the end of every year, the general public votes for the Chinese character they think embodies the key news and events of the previous 12 months
  • The country was hit by a series of natural disasters in 2018, starting with massive flooding in western regions that killed over 200 people
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Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple, uses an ink-soaked calligraphy brush to write the Chinese character of “disaster”. Photo: AFP
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