The chief priest of Kyoto's Kiyomizu temple displays his calligraphy of "kizuna", meaning "bond".
Japanese public chooses 'kizuna' as kanji of 2011
The Japanese word "kizuna", meaning bonds or connections between people, has been chosen as Japan's kanji of 2011.
The kanji, or Chinese pictorial script, for "kizuna" emerged top of a public poll for the character that best summed up the year.
For Japan, 2011 was dominated by the earthquake and tsunami in March.
The disasters led to unprecedented numbers of Japanese helping one another.
Director of North American Branch
International Chinese Calligraphy and Ink Painting Society
国際中国書法国画家協会アメリカ支部：Ms. Casey Shannon アメリカ現代水墨画家