Inspired by a mention of this on my Welsh friends blog, I thought I’d provide a quick Japanese lesson for all you readers…

1. キリン means “giraffe” in Japanese, and is pronounced (for those who can’t read katakana) “kirin”.

2. 麒麟 is also pronounced “kirin”, however it is written, as you can see, with two of the least used and most difficult kanji that there are. It means mythical magical beer-drinking dragon.

Hai. Lesson over!