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 #100-Kyoto Fire Prevention Campaign

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守り続ける京のまち昔も今もこれからも

毎月5日 20日 無火災推進日

京都市消防局 消火器

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this poster that I saw recently on a community bulletin board in my Kyoto neighborhood. Click on the closeup photo to see the characters more clearly.

The character 京 is often used by itself when referring to the city of 京都.

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(H186, H1345, H312, H1184, H1587,  H458, H13, H12, H12, H1775, H161, H167, H663, H561, H12,H312, H1846, H412, H144, H1302, H1066, H144, H161, H121)

Kanji In Context(KIC537, KIC211, KIC233, KIC428, KIC27, KIC164, KIC17, KC16, KIC16, KIC400, KIC18, KIC873, KIC1009, KIC267, KIC16, KIC233, KIC338, KIC547, KIC219, KIC781, KIC228, KIC219, KIC18, KIC682)

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Originally posted 2013-02-24 00:49:06.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #99-Butaman Steamed Pork Buns

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豚まん  1コ  220円

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign that advertises a shop’s butaman steamed pork buns.

I saw it on the morning of a big flea market, and the shop takes advantage of its proximity to all the action by setting up outside its door on such days.

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(H538, H1811)

Kanji in Context(KIC1089, KIC14)

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Originally posted 2013-02-23 00:05:37.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #98-Shibuya Station Hachiko Statue

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忠犬ハチ公

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

Hachiko is likely the most well known dog in Japan, and thanks to the Hollywood remake of the Japanese film about his loyal devotion to his master, he’s known widely outside Japan these days, too.  I took these photos at Shibuya Station in Tokyo late last December.

For some related listening and reading practice,  try this brief news clip on youtube.  It focuses on recent research that determined the cause of Hachi’s death.

This statue is featured at the beginning, and you’ll hear the characters inscribed on it voiced.  The visuals in the clip illustrate the findings of the research and much of what the newscaster says is paraphrased and subtitled in Japanese.

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(H602, H238, H784)

Kanji In Context(KIC758, KIC319, KIC323)

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Originally posted 2013-02-22 00:02:05.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #97-Drink Vending Machine

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迢 贅沢時計、あなたに。

BOSS 18金懐中時計!10名様!

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign that I noticed perched on top of a vending machine that sells canned coffee.

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(H385, H N/A, H1072, H159, H337, H269, H828, H39, H159, H337, H112, H933)

Kanji In Context(KIC1074, KIC N/A, KIC1395, KIC25, KIC288, KIC21, KIC1463, KIC33, KIC25, KIC288, KIC82, KIC677)

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Originally posted 2013-02-21 00:06:59.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #96-Honda Dealer Test Drives

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試乗受付中

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(H354, H1585, H735, H1000, H39)

Kanji In Context(KIC795, KIC135, KIC269, KIC365, KIC33)

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Originally posted 2013-02-20 00:08:44.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #95-Starbuck’s Customer Feedback

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お客様のご意見をお聞かせください。

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

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(H294, H933, H608, H57, H1626)

Kanji In Context(KIC318, KIC677, KIC139, KIC291, KIC179)

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Originally posted 2013-02-19 00:16:02.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #94-Denzel Washington Movie Flight

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本年度アカデミー賞ノミネート 主演男優賞 脚本賞

彼は英雄か犯罪者か

ロバート ゼメキス  デンゼル ワシントン フライト

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the kanji characters on this 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(H211, H1036, H1194, H796, H266, H2007, H859, H993, H796, H1396, H211, H796, H883, H1741, H743, H1414, H1636, H1256)

Kanji In Context(KIC37, KIC24, KIC333, KIC711, KIC70, KIC616, KIC67, KIC1168, KIC711, KIC1545, KIC37, KIC711, KIC1146, KIC155, KIC1637, KIC1046, KIC1047, KIC148)

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Originally posted 2013-02-18 00:44:42.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #93-Used Bicycle Shop

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激安 中古自転車

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the kanji characters on this Kyoto used bicycle 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(H497, H190, H39, H16, H36, H420, H286)

Kanji In Context(KIC1039, KIC84, KIC33, KIC86, KIC63, KIC65, KIC62)

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Originally posted 2013-02-17 01:31:40.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #92-Help Wanted Cafe Staff

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スタッフ募集中 Holly’s Cafe 明く元気笑顔が素敵な方、一緒働いてみませんか? 30、40、50代の方活躍中です!! 土 日 祝日 勤務可能な方、お待ちしています

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the kanji characters on this cafe’s sign. 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 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(H861, H559, H39, H20, H59, H1885, H938, H1717, H1532, H443, H490, H1, H1344, H1678, H1005, H490, H143, H1285, H39, H150, H12, H1089, H12, H1577, H1227, H93, H2004, H490, H879)

Kanji In Context(KIC1155, KIC224, KIC33, KIC106, KIC245, KIC246, KIC251, KIC573, KIC636, KIC658, KIC13, KIC1, KIC1033, KIC192, KIC413, KIC13, KIC517, KIC1384, KIC33, KIC22, KIC16, KIC1018, KIC16, KIC525, KIC388, KIC412, KIC411, KIC13, KIC195)

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Originally posted 2013-02-16 00:10:16.

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