Kanji Kanban #292

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私たちは戦争に協力しません

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this pacifist message.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H902, H1929, H1154, H872, H858)

Kanji In Context(KIC72, KIC360, KIC361, KIC444, KIC173)

Kanji Kanban #291

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本当に、ありがとう

気持ち、つながる

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this wedding company’s train station advertisement.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H211, H1153, H1885, H660)

Kanji In Context(KIC37, KIC402, KIC246, KIC142)

Kanji Kanban #290

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オイル交換

¥1500

税込 ¥1620

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this motorcycle repair shop’s sign.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H1275, H1043, H895, H780)

Kanji In Context(KIC504, KIC749, KIC670, KIC961)

Kanji Kanban #289

 

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28年間

ありがとうございました

ペオ二ー

引越先

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading these characters.

This small shop(called ‘Peony’ with its name written in katakana because it’s not a Japanese word) recently moved after 28 years in the same place. In addition to the message of thanks, there’s also a map to help customers find the shop at its new location.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

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Heisig(H1036, H1620, H1232, H387, H248)

Kanj In Context(KIC24, KIC161, KIC257, KIC1073, KIC48)

Kanji Kanban #288

 

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充電

できます。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign. When I took this pic, SoftBank was offering free phone recharging.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H761, H535)

Kanji In Context(KIC1275, KIC61)

Kanji Kanban #287

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男性のお客様も、

お気軽に!!

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the characters on this sign.

I saw it in front of a Kyoto salon that offers massage and reflexology.  It’s safe to say that most of their customers are women, and they made this sign in the interest of widening their customer base.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H859, H1558, H294, H933, H1885, H717)

Kanji In Context(KIC67, KIC421, KIC318, KIC677, KIC246, KIC116)

Kanji Kanban #286

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階段

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H1309, H1859)

Kanji In Context(KIC607, KIC608)

Kanji Kanban #285

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子供服

50%OFFあります

ちょっとみるだけでもどうぞ

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the characters on this sign for a kids’ clothing store.

It caught my eye because of the last part,  which is an effort to persuade those who might be inclined on the spur of the moment to have a look inside.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to its order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H95, H1796, H1399)

Kanji In Context(KIC69, KIC418, KIC317)

Kanji Kanban #284

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美術館でお会いしましょう。

 

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the characters on this poster promoting an exhibition of Buddhist sculpture. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to its order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

 

Heisig(H548, H1525, H1478, H752)

Kanji In Context(KIC673, KIC370, KIC330, KIC59)

Kanji Kanban #283

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禅ってなに

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the Japanese translation that follows the English question posed on this poster. Click on the photos to enlarge them and see the characters more clearly.

If you haven’t already guessed, the lone kanji  in that question is the character for ‘zen.’

I noticed this at Kyoto’s Daitokuji Temple, a short stroll from my house.  It’s advertising a recent event, and I was drawn to it because of its design and the way it uses English to convey information to a Japanese audience about such a traditional subject.

Even though it’s aimed at non-native  speakers, because the English is basic, brief  and includes the familiar word ‘zen’ it  works well in drawing attention to its message in a distinctive, creative, open minded way that stays true to the spirit of its purpose.

Along the same lines,  I was also struck by the way it incorporates a suitably simple, semi-abstract depiction of a daruma doll into its design that seems to mimic the question mark.  Daruma are round, hollow dolls that represent the founder of the zen sect of Buddhism. You can find photos of and information about daruma here.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to its order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H1930)

Kanji In Context(KIC589)