Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #185-Public Restroom

公衆便所 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading these characters. In addition to this usage, the characters  公衆 are also commonly used in the compound 公衆電話, though the widespread use of cellular phones has made 公衆電話 harder and harder to find … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #196-Public Telephone

公衆電話 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign. To see another common usage of the compound 公衆 please see Kanji Kanban #185. The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #147-Red Cross Blood Drive

あなたのやさしさ ありがとう 日本赤十字社 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 bus. 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #135-Take Off Your Shoes

靴は石段でお脱ぎください Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #103-Train Station Cell Phone Safety

あっ!あぶないですよ!! ケータイに夢中になって歩く行為 お酒に酔ってのちどり歩き 列車接触などにより、思わぬ大けがにつながる恐れがあります。また、電車に遅れが生じ、多くのお客さまにご迷惑が掛かります。 2010年度に発生した人者事故などにより、東急線全線で 約500,000人の方に影響が及びました。 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 on a trip to Tokyo late last year at a station operated by Tokyu Dentetsu,  a major private railway.  Click on the photo to … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #70-Brand Goods Pawn Shop

お売りください 大満足の高い評価を出します! ブランド品 時計 ジュエリー 宝石 金 プラチナ 質 カイウル Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign. Click on the photo to enlarge it and view the characters more clearly.  The katakana at the end is the shop’s name. The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #36-Open for Lunch

ランチ営業中 階段を下にどうぞ Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the words on 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 … Read more

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #29: Coffee Shop’s Sign

Try reading this sign if you’re learning katakana. You’ll see lots of  signs touting this sort of coffee shop fare in Japan, but you’ll never see another sign quite like this funky old one that caught my eye recently in Kyoto. The first word is spelled コーヒー these days,  but it’s not hard to understand … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #286-Stairs

  階段 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #224-Yakitori Skewered Chicken

テイクアウトコーナー やきとり お持ち帰り出来ます Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading these signs.  I noticed this popular yakitori place when I was in Tokyo this week. The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their … Read more