Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #157-Angry Caterpillars

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桜の木に毛虫がいます。

ご注意ください!!

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign. I saw it at Kyoto’s International Manga Museum this week.

Reading just the upper part in Japanese might have left me wondering exactly what it is that warrants the double exclamation point caution, as it simply warns folks to beware of the caterpillars in this tree.

But my friend told me that its meaning is clear to Japanese people, as it’s common knowledge here that hairy caterpillars sting, and that they can often be found in cherry trees like this one.

The museum staff have thoughtfully spelled it out in English. But what is it that’s ticked the little beasties off, when they should be merrily munching the new green leaves of spring?

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(H1932, H195, H1913, H517, H267, H608)

Kanji In Context(KIC968, KIC20, KIC490, KIC466, KIC290, KIC291)

Originally posted 2013-05-03 00:16:41.

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