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 #132-Mister Donut

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みんなの笑顔を、もっと!

ドーナツ ¥100

パイその他 ¥120セール

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.  The name of the chain is Mister Donut, founded in the US in the 50’s but now headquartered in Japan. 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(H938, H1717, H961)

Kanji In Context(KIC251, KIC573, KIC415)

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Originally posted 2013-04-01 10:13:59.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #131-Temple Garden Stone

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庭園

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading these kanji.  They’re on the grounds of Kyoto’s Daitokuji Temple.

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(H590, H585)

Kanji In Context(KIC542, KIC324)

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Originally posted 2013-03-31 00:02:59.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #130-Taking a Day Off…..

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勝手ながら

(日)は

お休みさせて

頂きます。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Okayama restaurant’s sign.  Thanks for the photo, Ricky!

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(H1209, H637, H12, H965, H94)

Kanji In Context(KIC263, KIC170, KIC16, KIC138, KIC1643)

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Originally posted 2013-03-30 00:19:15.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #129-Plum Tree Grove

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梅林

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(H460, H196)

Kanji In Context(KIC969, KIC459)

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Originally posted 2013-03-29 00:37:32.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #128-Train Manners

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なぜ咳をまわりにとばしちゃうの?

まわりのお客様にご配慮ください。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this poster that I saw when I went to Tokyo earlier this month. 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(H2162, H294, H933, H1436, H1996)

Kanji In Context(KIC N/A, KIC318, KIC677, KIC727, KIC1377)

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Originally posted 2013-03-28 00:15:41.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #127-Tokyo Standing Bar

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立飲み

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this noren that I saw when I went to Tokyo earlier this month.

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(H431, H1474)

Kanji In Context(KIC174, KIC132)

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Originally posted 2013-03-27 00:48:04.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #126-Ice and Hand Towel Truck

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富士氷屋

ドライアイス 氷 おしぼり

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 truck that I saw when I went to Tokyo earlier this month.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly. おしぼり are wet hand towels, hot in summer and cold in winter,  provided to customers at restaurants in Japan.

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(H193, H319, H131, H1058, H131)

Kanji In Context(KIC629, KIC755, KIC1095, KIC331, KIC1095)

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Originally posted 2013-03-26 00:12:44.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #125-Red Cross Blood Drive

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献血

実施日 4月8日(月)

場所 鳳徳小学校

時間 午後1時30−3時30分

主催 鳳徳献血推進会

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

The characters 鳳徳(ほうとく)are the name of the neighborhood where this event is to be held, and therefore I haven’t included them in the kanji referenced for further study below.

The numbers below refer to the other 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(H1615, H1448, H1572, H1045, H12, H13, H12, H545, H1127, H105, H324, H1278, H159, H1620, H568, H1379, 159H1615915,781 H1266448987, H1615, H1448, H663, H561, H752)

(KIC1181, KIC928, KIC672, KIC612, KIC16, KIC17, KIC16, KIC17, KIC335, KIC149, KIC88, KIC50, KIC51, KIC25, KIC161, KIC28, KIC30, KIC25, KIC25, KIC26, KIC70, KIC1248, KIC1181, KIC928, KIC1009, KIC267, KIC59)

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Originally posted 2013-03-25 00:09:51.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #124-Coffee Company Car

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完熟珈琲

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly.

The last two characters aren’t on the list of general use kanji, but are seen more often than many that are.

These ‘coffee’ kanji were chosen for this loanword back when coffee was introduced to Japan for phonetic reasons rather than their meaning.  In addition to these kanji,  katakana コーヒー is also commonly used.  

The kanji aren’t seen much aside from this usage, and people almost always choose katakana  when writing it, so it’s enough to be able to read them as a set when you see them on a sign or menu,  and the context will likely be enough to remind you of their meaning.  They’re made up of common elements, and actually have one in common.

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(H187, H310, H2962, H2963)

Kanji In Context(KIC817, KIC864, KIC N/A, KIC N/A)

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Originally posted 2013-03-24 01:54:18.

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