Kana Kanban

おまつり

How do you say ‘festival’ in Japanese? If you’re learning hiragana, try reading this poster advertising an upcoming event.  I noticed it on a community message board in my neighborhood in Kyoto.  The お at the beginning is an honorific and is often omitted.

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

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Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #191-Summer Hat Collection

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夏の帽子展

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

Here the last character 展 takes on the same meaning in abbreviated form and the same reading as when it appears in the common compound 展覧会(てんらんかい), or exhibition, often used with art exhibitions, etc.

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 to work with this information and get the most out of my daily Kanji Kanban series, please read this.

Heisig(H296, H408, H95, H1925)

Kanji In Context(KIC97, KIC1279, KIC69, KIC1092)

Originally posted 2013-06-23 03:14:57.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #190-Real Estate Agency

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賃貸

マンション アパート テナント

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

These two characters are often seen together in front of such businesses and in addition to becoming familiar with them individually, it’s useful to know how they’re read when they appear in this compound.

You’ll notice they share a common, often seen element on the bottom, 貝, which signals their connection with money. The first kanji is also part of the compound that makes the noun 家賃(やちん), rent.   The second when used on its own makes the verb 貸す(かす)、to lend or loan.  When you see a sign on a house with the characters 貸家(かしや) you’ll know it’s a house up for rent.

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(H1004, H1007)

Kanji In Context(KIC856, KIC183)

Originally posted 2013-06-22 00:51:15.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #189-Jeans for Father’s Day

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父の日にジーンズを贈ろう

ラッピングサービス受付中。

ボトムズとトップスを同時購入で

トップス20%OFF。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the details of this Father’s Day sale.

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(H1274, H12, H503, H735, H1000, H39, H180, H159, H1817, H779)

Kanji In Context(KIC73, KIC16, KIC1224, KIC269, KIC365, KIC33, KIC350, KIC25, KIC1210, KIC186)

Originally posted 2013-06-19 00:32:56.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #188-Newspaper Stand

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朝日 産経 読売 毎日 朝刊 夕刊

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading these tags featuring the names of some of Japan’s most widely read newspapers(新聞). Each has two daily editions, 朝刊 and 夕刊.

Two lean right and two lean left.  Can you identify the conservative and liberal papers?  Which has the widest circulation?  Answers follow the numbers below.

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(H52, H12, H1560, H1360, H348, H323, H458, H12, H52, H1650, H109, H1650)

Kanji In Context(KIC91, KIC16, KIC574, KIC515, KIC180, KIC187, KIC164, KIC16, KIC91, KIC1138, KIC95, KIC1138)

Answers: Currently the Yomiuri Shinbun has the largest circulation, and is a leading conservative voice, along with the Sankei Shinbun.  The Asahi Shinbun and Mainichi Shinbun are on the left.

The Yomiuri Shinbun in fact, has the highest circulation in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s the only newspaper in the world with a morning circulation of over 10 million copies and the evening edition adds about 3.5 million to that for a total of about 13.5 million copies a day.

Originally posted 2013-06-18 05:27:24.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #187-Osaka Aquarium

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年間パスポート

発売中!

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.  I saw it at the Osaka Aquarium(海遊館).

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(H1036, H1620, H1705, H323, H39)

Kanji In Context(KIC24, KIC161, KIC286, KIC187, KIC33)

Originally posted 2013-06-17 02:24:50.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #186-English Conversation School

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語学は、

言葉の壁を、

世界への扉に

変える。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this train advertisment featuring the actor/director Beat Takeshi for ECC, one of Japan’s largest English conversation school chains.

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(H347, H324, H335, H228, H1500, H28, H251, H1638, H1745)

Kanji In Context(KIC154, KIC50, KIC203, KIC569, KIC1029, KIC156, KIC157, KIC1734, KIC222)

Originally posted 2013-06-16 00:43:00.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #185-Public Restroom

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公衆便所

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

In addition to this usage, the characters  公衆 are also commonly used in the compound 公衆電話, though the widespread use of cellular phones has made 公衆電話 harder and harder to find for those of us who still occasionally rely on them!

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(H784, H1857, H991, H1127)

Kanji In Context(KIC323, KIC1194, KIC227, KIC149)

Originally posted 2013-06-14 00:46:34.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #13: McDonald’s Japan Poster

McDonald's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

ソーセージマフィン

コンビ ¥200

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this sign. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

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Originally posted 2013-06-13 01:36:21.