Learn Kanji with Japanese Signs and Rikaichan

Learn kanji with my Kanji Kanban(漢字看板) Japanese street and shop sign series, an ever expanding database of kanji, hiragana and katakana characters in natural contexts. The word ‘kanban’ refers to shop signs in Japanese. This series focuses on the joyo kanji (常用漢字), the most frequently used characters. It includes various reference tools that make this … Read more

Rikaichan

Rikaichan is a popup dictionary.  If I had to give up all but one of my printed and online Japanese learning resources, rikaichan would be the keeper. And it happens to be free!  You can download it and get more info here. One of the joys of living in Kyoto is that I get to … Read more

How to Use Rikaichan Japanese Dictionary for Kanji Study

Rikaichan is a pop-up Japanese dictionary add-on that can really turbo charge your online Japanese reading practice.  If I had to give up all but one of my printed and online Japanese language learning resources, rikaichan would be the keeper. And it happens to be free!  You can download it and get more info here. … Read more

Kana Kanban

おまつり How do you say ‘festival’ in Japanese? If you’re learning hiragana, try reading this poster advertising an upcoming event.  I noticed it on a community message board in my neighborhood in Kyoto.  The お at the beginning is an honorific and is often omitted. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool … Read more

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #5: Secondhand Shop’s Sign

リサイクルショップ If you’re studying katakana, try reading this sign.  If you can, you’ll learn what secondhand shops are called in Japan. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help. JapanesePod101.com – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts Originally posted 2013-08-25 02:23:40.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #219-Protect Your Dog from Heatstroke

どんなに暑くても、 愛犬は脱げません。 STOP! 愛犬の熱中症 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 noticed in a department store’s pet department reminding owners that their dogs are especially susceptible to heatstroke(熱中症) as they can’t take off their coats! The two … Read more

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #6: Boutique’s Sign

シャツ If you’re studying katakana, try reading this sign. If you can, you’ll know what this Kyoto retailer specializes in. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help. JapanesePod101.com – Learn Japanese with Free Daily Podcasts Originally posted 2013-08-22 02:44:21.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #218-Animal Hospital

とよだ動物病院 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this sign that I saw in front of a Kyoto clinic run by Toyoda Sensei, Dr. Toyoda. The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #217-Real Estate Agent

家 不動産 買い取り Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this ad featuring retired pro baseball player Atsuya Furuta. 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #216-Parking Lot Full

満車 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto parking structure’s 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