A golden year for Japan

Chief priest Seihan Mori of Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple depicts the Chinese character "kin", meaning gold or money, with a giant calligraphy brush on Japanese paper measuring 1.5m high and 1.3m wide. The kanji was voted by the public as the character tha
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Chief priest Seihan Mori of Kyoto's Kiyomizu Temple depicts the Chinese character "kin", meaning gold or money, with a giant calligraphy brush on Japanese paper measuring 1.5m high and 1.3m wide.

The kanji was voted by the public as the character that best symbolises the mood in Japan this year in reference to Japan winning 12 gold medals at the Rio Olympics and former Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe's resignation in June over a spending scandal. Some voters also cited the "golden" hair of US President-elect Donald Trump.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2016, with the headline 'A golden year for Japan'. Print Edition | Subscribe