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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Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #5: Secondhand Shop’s Sign

Seconhand shop's sign in katakana Japanese alphabetリサイクルショップ

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this sign.  If you can, you’ll learn what secondhand shops are called in Japan.

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 2013-08-25 02:23:40.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #219-Protect Your Dog from Heatstroke

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どんなに暑くても、

愛犬は脱げません。

STOP!

愛犬の熱中症

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this poster that I noticed in a department store’s pet department reminding owners that their dogs are especially susceptible to heatstroke(熱中症) as they can’t take off their coats!

The two characters 愛犬,  love and dog, are often used together like this as a set for pet dogs, since they are loved and showered with affection.  Can you pronounce them together as a compound?   In the same way, you’ll often see the compound 愛車 in reference to a car that is treasured and taken care of.  You can find an example of this in context here, in Kanji Kanban #25.

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(H1260, H737, H238, H498, H737, H238, H1516, H39, H1685)

Kanji In Context(KIC119, KIC1079, KIC3191, KIC191, KIC1079, KIC3191, KIC864, KIC33, KIC1363)

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Originally posted 2013-08-24 00:54:12.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #218-Animal Hospital

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とよだ動物病院

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign that I saw in front of a Kyoto clinic run by Toyoda Sensei, Dr. Toyoda.

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(H1676, H1050, H1682, H1304)

Kanji In Context(KIC64, KIC321, KIC229, KIC230)

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Originally posted 2013-08-20 01:28:49.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #217-Real Estate Agent

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家 不動産 買い取り

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this ad featuring retired pro baseball player Atsuya Furuta.

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(H541, H1217, H1676, H1560, H831, H819)

Kanji In Context(KIC52, KIC422, KIC64, KIC574, KIC188, KIC270)

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Originally posted 2013-08-18 23:34:49.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #216-Parking Lot Full

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満車

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto parking structure’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(H1169, H286)

Kanji In Context(KIC555, KIC62)

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Originally posted 2013-08-17 02:18:38.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #215-Happy Hour

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ハッピーアワー in the テラス

グラスワイン 生ビール ¥300

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto cafe’s sign board, offering a drink special for those who sit outside.

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(H1555)

Kanji In Context(KIC49)

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Originally posted 2013-08-14 02:25:59.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #214-Fabric Dyeing Shop

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染と織

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

This weather worn sign sits atop an old shop that has long since closed. In the days when kimono were more often worn, this place must have been abuzz with artisans engaging in the two fabric related crafts represented by these kanji. The traditional roof tiles under the sign are called かわら(kawara).

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(H509, H1334)

Kanji In Context(KIC908, KIC882)

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Originally posted 2013-08-13 02:26:04.

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