The kanji for disaster (災) has been selected as Japan’s Kanji of the Year for 2018 as a 7.1 earthquake hit Kyoto.
The kanji character was inscribed onto a sheet of washi (Japanese paper) at Kiyomizu Temple just as the earthquake struck, causing Chief priest Seihan Mori to completely botch the character.
“Bloody typical,” Mori told reporters.
“But the kanji looks cool anyway because it just looks like someone splashed black ink onto the washi.”
There was at least one disaster a week in Japan in 2018.