Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #223-Edamame

learn-kanji-edamame

枝豆

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this package. I picked these up at the local 7-Eleven on my way home and made short work of them, too tired to make a proper lunch on this rainy, humid Kyoto day.

The word edamame  has become one of a select group of Japanese words that have entered the English lexicon, to the extent that in 2008 Webster’s saw fit to include it in their dictionary.  Its two characters are a great example of how wonderfully descriptive kanji can be,  literally meaning ‘branch bean.’

Just as the word edamame has crossed cultural barriers, of course so has the 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores. What many might not realize though is that this goes beyond its expansion beyond its U.S. roots to include outlets in other countries like Japan- it’s actually now owned by Japanese interests, and 7-Eleven Japan runs all 7-Eleven stores worldwide from its headquarters in Tokyo.

Next thing you know, they’ll be selling these at 7-Elevens back in the states.  Or are they already?!  I admit, I’ve been away for a while…….

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(H713, H1440)

Kanji In Context(KIC972, KIC471)

JapanesePod101.com – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts

Originally posted 2013-09-02 07:02:45.

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