There are only a few days left in this year.
This year has been very severe situation due to the pandemic outbreak of the Covid-19. As a reflection of this situation, the word “dense” was chosen as the kanji of the year.
By the way, if you look up the word “密”, you will find that it originated from the deep mountains and secret rituals using fire. From the etymology of the word, I felt that the image of the word “secret” was closer to the etymology of the word than that of the word “close”, which is attached to the word.
Next year, I sincerely hope that the new coronavirus will become secretive and the Olympics will be held as an Olympics that overcomes the coronavirus disaster.