Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #227-Retro Lady in Kimono

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いらっしゃいませ

毎度ありがとうございます

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign.  It’s new but done in a retro style with an exaggerated bow, and greets customers with a message of welcome and appreciation when they enter a fashionable little Kyoto hair salon. If you come to Japan for even a short visit you’ll undoubtedly hear いらっしゃいませ(irasshaimase) when you enter shops, as it’s a standard welcome given to customers.

Sometimes it’s said without eye contact in a rote way when the door opens and the staffer doesn’t even look up from whatever their doing when they say it, but it’s often accompanied by a glance and a smile, and in such cases it’s nice to return that, with a simple smile and slight nod of the head.   Saying ‘arigatou gozaimasu’ with the same nod  when leaving, though not necessary, is also appreciated by staff and will be returned. Small moments like this can help make a trip even more meaningful and enjoyable, and don’t require much language ability at all.

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(H458, H1194)

Kanji In Context(KIC164, KIC333)

JapanesePod101.com – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts

Originally posted 2013-09-14 00:35:16.

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