This article said Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto decided the official kanji of 2013, “輪” which means circle. It’s an annual event that monks in a high position at Kiyomizu temple decide one kanji explaining the whole year. The strongest fact influencing their decision is the big news that the Olympics will be held in Tokyo in 2020. We say Olympic in Japanese “五輪” because we can see 5 circles on its flag. Another reason is we had quite a lot of typhoon attacks.
The pole said the kanji of 2014 will be “楽” means enjoy. What word do you want to select for this year?