Kana Kanban

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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.

Kanji Kanban #300

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ブレーキ アクセルの踏み間違いにご注意ください。

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

Over the years in Kyoto I’ve gotten used to the standard signage in parking lots telling customers that the lot’s full or warning them to lock their car and take valuables with them and to turn off their ignition while they’re parked and refrain from making noise out of consideration for the neighbors.

But this was a first for me. It struck me that someone would go to the trouble of making such a sign and I wondered what prompted them to take action.

Maybe there was an isolated incident in this lot and someone thought it’d be best to post words of caution to prevent another motorist from mistaking the accelerator for the brake.  Or is this sort of thing more common than I think?

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(H941, H1022, H1118, H957, H1137, H528, H1035, H548, H474, H1515, H1153, H588, H522, H36, H712, H1525)

Kanji In Context(KIC1059, KIC152, KIC1246, KIC165,KIC238, KIC726, KIC676, KIC673, KIC661, KIC865, KIC402, KIC55, KIC559. KIC63, KIC369, KIC370)

Kanji Kanban #299

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筋肉を伸ばして体質改善。

美しい姿勢をつくる

当店独自の技術

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto chiropractor’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(H941, H1022, H1118, H957, H1137, H528, H1035, H548, H474, H1515, H1153, H588, H522, H36, H712, H1525)

Kanji In Context(KIC1059, KIC152, KIC1246, KIC165,KIC238, KIC726, KIC676, KIC673, KIC661, KIC865, KIC402, KIC55, KIC559. KIC63, KIC369, KIC370)

Kanji Kanban #298

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さわらないで

下さいネ。。。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.  In addition to the lone kanji character, you’ll notice that there’s a katakana character as well as hiragana.

Katakana is often used in place of kanji or hiragana for emphasis, and that’s just what it does here at the very end and in a colloquial way that takes the edge off the fact that we’re being told not to do something.

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(H50)

Kanji In Context(KIC32)

Kana Kanban

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そば

If you’re studying  hiragana, try reading the characters written on the side of this restaurant.  If you can read them, you’ll know what traditional dish they specialize in.

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

Kanji Kanban #297

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外国たばこ

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.  Read it and you’ll discover what it is that the vending machine next to it sells.

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(H111, H581)

Kanji In Context(KIC150, KIC151)

Kanji Kanban #296

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コーヒー豆

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

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(H1440)

Kanji In Context(KIC471)

Kanji Kanban #295

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なぜ登るのか?

そこに壁ができたから!

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto Bouldering Gym’s poster.

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(H1703, H1500)

Kanji In Context(KIC472, KIC1029)

Kanji Kanban #294

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OK牧場

美味い!!

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

I couldn’t read the two characters beneath OK on the sign, but after entering them and checking the meaning with rikaichan, I realized that it’s the Japanese translation of the O.K. Corral of gunfight fame.  Though the connection with good coffee isn’t clear to me, I admit! Japanese folks of a certain age are familiar with it thanks to the classic movie from the 50’s.  Can you pronounce this compound?

The second compound must be one of the most often heard words in the Japanese language, especially if you’re fond of watching any of the ubiquitous shows about food here.  But as common as it is, it can be tricky to read if you’re not used to seeing these two characters together, and it can easily be confused with similar words.  Give it a try!

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(H329, H545, H548, H219)

Kanji In Context(KIC1273, KIC335, KIC673, KIC311)

Kanji Kanban #293

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当店のコーヒー豆、

ご近所配達いたします。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this coffee shop’s sign.  It’s a cozy little place and the master takes pride in his beans.  He’ll even deliver them if you live in the neighborhood!

The store across the street is just one of many on this street, called Ebisugawa, that specializes in furnishings.  It’s a tradition that goes back hundreds of years, and has earned this stretch of road the nickname ‘furniture street.’  If you come to Kyoto take a stroll starting from Teramachi and walk west.  It’s one of my favorite streets, with lots to look at and some interesting restaurants, too.

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(H1153, H588, H1440, H1129, H1127, H1436, H552)

Kanji In Context(KIC402, KIC55, KIC471, KIC109, KIC149, KIC727, KIC384)