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

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #40-Tobacco

たばこ24時間自動販売機 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos 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

Kanji Kanban #39-Japanese Road Sign Stop

止まれ 自転車も止まれ Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the words on these signs. 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

Kanji Kanban #38-Japanese Road Sign No Jaywalking

横断禁止 わたるな 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

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #37-Time for a Haircut

あつ! 髪切らなきゃ! QBハウス 1000円 料金一律 ヘアーカット専門店 女性 お子様もご利用頂けます 営業時間  受付終了 Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with the words I’ve transcribed below the photo if you need help reading this sign. The corresponding numbers of these kanji for Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji In Context are noted below. To learn more about how this information … 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

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #35-Dentist

歯科 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