Every year around this time the Japan Association of Kanji Aptitude Test (日本漢字能力検定協会) announces the kanji of the year. The announcement is made in Kyoto at the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple through a priest who writes the chosen kanji on a big white board.
The kanji of the year 2013 was announced on December 12:
輪 – WA
The kanji 輪 is the counter for wheels or circles. This kanji was selected as Tokyo was selected as the location for the olympic summer games in 2020 referring the the olympic symbol of the 5 rings.
What would be your kanji of the year and why?