Kanji Kanban #190
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. A old friend, who is a Miami Beach Realtor, said I was right.
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 to work with this information and get the most out of my daily Kanji Kanban series, please read this.
Kanji In Context(KIC856, KIC183)