A new kanji derived from the roman letters ‘PPAP’ has been selected as Japan’s Kanji of the Year for 2016.
The letters PPAP have a deeply profound meaning with each symbol representing either a writing utensil or a common fruit – ‘Pen Pineapple Apple Pen’.
The new kanji character, which was revealed at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, reflects the ease in which one overtly dim-witted concept can turn someone into an overnight global sensation.
PPAP was selected based on votes from the general public reflecting how Piko-taro has been the most influential individual in people’s lives for the calender year of 2016.
“Every time I go to the fruit and vegetable store I can just see that damn leopard print scarf in my mind’s eye,” said one damaged citizen.
Chief priest Seihan Mori inscribed PPAP on a sheet of washi (Japanese paper) 1.5 meters high by 1.3 meters wide using a giant pen with an apple stuck to the end of it.
There is expected to be fierce debate over the coming months over the importance of correct stroke order in being able to properly read the PPAP kanji with some arguing the top left ‘P’ should be written first, while others are aggressively advocating for the top right ‘P’ to be written first.