Aji (Japanese): The Word For “Taste”

Aji (味) is the Japanese word for “taste“ or “flavor“ as something inherently human that we feel, but we can't necessarily place our finger on what it actually is. The kanji character can be broken cleanly its left and right kanji radicals as “mouth 👄” and “end 🌲🔝” — the implication being the end-state, or outcome, feeling you will get after something has entered your mouth.

Aji (Chinese): The Art of Possibility

From the essay hosted by the American Go Association entitled: "Richard Bozulich on Kissinger on China and Go" via usgo.org

"Aji is the most basic strategic concept of go. In games between strong players, it underlies every maneuver that takes place. Without an understanding of this concept, the subtle strategies of go can’t be appreciated.

Aji is a Japanese word that means “taste” in the sense that “food tastes good.” However, what this word really implies when used in a go context is “aftertaste”. It refers to the possibilities that remain in a position after a local skirmish has been played.

In the diagram, White has just played the marked stone, but the two marked black stones on the top right still have aji."

Ají (Spanish): The Chili Pepper

From the The Complete Chile Pepper Book by Dave DeWitt and Paul Bosland:

"The chile pepper plant varies greatly in habit and size. Although some chile pepper plants grow as tall as 30 feet, the average height of the cultivated plants is less than 3 feet. The leaves of the Capsicum species vary between ¼ inch and 5 inches in length. They are usually ovate (shaped like an egg), arise singly, and develop alternately along the stem. The flowers are usually pendant, and their corolla colors are white or purple. Most domesticated chile pepper plants are self-pollinating, meaning they do not need another plant to set fruit. Cross-pollination occurs by insects, and even chile peppers that are self-pollinating can outcross (that is, cross with another unrelated chile pepper) in the garden if there is a lot of insect activity in the area. The plants will set pods if the nighttime temperature is in the range between 55 and 80°F, and the daytime temperature does not exceed 95°F."