This week Friends of Aomori is excited to share the second Word of the Week. This week’s word is 挑戦 (ちょうせん/chosen) which means challenge! This word, in certain contexts, can also mean defiance, dare, and attempt. The first kanji (Chinese character) is 挑 which can be read as either ちょう or いど(む) which alone means ‘to challenge’. The second kanji 戦 can be read as せん along with many other readings, and means war, battle and match. When combined the two kanji form a powerful and inspiring word!