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 #58-Christmas Cake Sale

クリスマス 最終セール CUTケーキ 全品 300円 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 that I ran across in Tokyo on December 25th last year. The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to their order … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #57-Train Tickets

JR全線きっぷうりば 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 Tokyo Station 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #56-Bicycle and Motorbike Repairs

自転車 バイク 修理 販売 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 #55-Smart Phone Shop

ネット+電話で スマホがおトク! 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 banner. 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 … Read more

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #54-Free Rice Refills

おいしいごはんおかわり自由。 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 #53-Chinese Restaurant

中国家庭料理 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 Kyoto restaurant’s doorway. 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 … Read more