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 with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

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Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #152 Bullet Train Prepaid Card

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新幹線も、ピッ で

乗る時代です。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this poster,   announcing a new way to use the ever more convenient rechargeable cards now widely used for various types of transport and other services-you can use them for the shinkansen(bullet train). 

ピッ is the sound that you get in response to touching your valid card to the electronic reader on the gate.

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(H1502, H1654, H1339, H1585, H159, H1005)

Kanji In Context(KIC85, KIC1230, KIC841, KIC135, KIC25, KIC413)

Originally posted 2013-04-25 00:05:33.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #151-Amanohashidate Cafe

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喫茶

あなたとわたしのソフトクリームのお店

黒豆ソフト

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign.

I saw it in Amanohashidate, known as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan,  a well deserved distinction!   This shop is especially busy in summer when tourists flock there.

When we got off the train from Kyoto City, we jumped right on rental cycles and pedaled across the black pine covered sandbar that dissects the bay, seen in the first photo. It was early April and some cherry trees were still in bloom.  You can learn more about this beautiful spot and some of the mythology surrounding its creation here.

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(H1550, H252, H588, H174, H1440)

Kanji In Context(KIC752, KIC145, KIC55, KIC45, KIC471)

Originally posted 2013-04-24 00:01:40.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #150-Crocodile’s Garden Cafe

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カフェ & 手作りランチ

わにのにわ

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign.

I noticed this Kyoto cafe as I cycled by and stopped to take a photo because of its whimsical name, わにのにわ, or  Crocodile’s Garden.

My Japanese friend pointed out at the time that it’s actually a palindrome! Examples of English palindromes, that is, words, phrases, sentences, etc. that can be read the same way forward and backward, include ‘kayak’, ‘level’, ‘mom’, ‘dad’, ‘civic’ and ‘eye.’  Try reading the cafe’s name backward and see what happens.

In Japanese, palindromes are called 回文(かいぶん).  Wikipedia has an interesting explanation along with some famous examples here. I also found this animated youtube video on the topic.

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(H637, H1142)

Kanji In Context(KIC170, KIC137)

Originally posted 2013-04-22 02:36:21.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #149-Safe Commutes for Kids

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エキッズ  子ども見守りサービス

はじめての電車通学を見守ります

お子様が東急線駅改札を通ると

ご家族にメールでお知らせします。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this poster. I noticed it at a Tokyo train station on a trip there last December. 東急線 is the name of a train line there.  Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly.

When I read this, at first I imagined an adult was there waiting for the child before sending an email to the parents but actually, this system, run by the train company, which has access to the information on the electronic train pass, works automatically.  An email is sent by the system when the child touches the pass to the scanner on the ticket wicket.

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(H95, H57, H186, H535, H286, H1408, H324, H57, H186, H95, H933, H504, H1146, H1339, H1984, H528, H212, H1408, H541, H1222, H1223)

Kanji In Context(KIC69, KIC139, KIC537, KIC61, KIC62, KIC204, KIC50, KIC139, KIC537, KIC69, KIC677, KIC39, KIC260, KIC841, KIC56, KIC726, KIC984, KIC204, KIC52, KIC322, KIC143)

Originally posted 2013-04-20 00:52:12.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #148-Maternity Clinic

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あなたと 共に、明るい未来へ

産科婦人科

福岡医院

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this sign. 福岡(ふくおか) is the name of the clinic. Click on the photos to enlarge them and see the characters more clearly.

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(H1795, H20, H216, H1884, H1560, H1179, H1151, H951, H1179, H1090, H1961, H1694, H1304)

Kanji In Context(KIC419, KIC106, KIC583, KIC133, KIC574, KIC565, KIC597, KIC15, KIC565, KIC895, KIC N/A, KIC325, KIC230)

Originally posted 2013-04-18 05:37:31.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #21: Rental Bicycle Shop’s Sign

Bicycle shop's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

レンタサイクル

If you’re studying hiragana and katakana, try reading this sign. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

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Originally posted 2013-04-17 23:50:27.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #147-Red Cross Blood Drive

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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 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(H12, H211, H1743, H10, H185, H1092)

Kanji In Context(KIC16, KIC37, KIC46, KIC10, KIC528, KIC60)

Originally posted 2013-04-17 00:21:42.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #146-Depression Symptoms

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お父さん、 眠れてる

疲れているのに、2週間以上眠れない日が続いている

食欲がなく、体重が減っている。。。

もしかしたら、うつかも。。。。

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 poster alerting people to symptoms of depression, うつ病.  I saw it at a Kyoto hospital last week.  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 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(H1274, H1835, H1688, H318, H1620, H1028, H49, H1835, H12, H1345, H1472, H792, H957, H1675, H366)

Kanji In Context(KIC73, KIC978, KIC275, KIC163, KIC161, KIC420, KIC31, KIC978, KIC16, KIC211, KIC131, KIC1124, KIC165, KIC1322, KIC430)

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Originally posted 2013-04-16 00:45:06.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #145-Kyoto Green Tea Shop

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お茶

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 sign.

The numbers below refer to the kanji I’ve transcribed below the photo, and correspond to its order of appearance in both Heisig’s Remembering the Kanji and Kanji in Context.

To learn more about how to work with this information and get the most out of my daily Kanji Kanban series, please read this.

Heisig(H252)

Kanji In Context(KIC145)

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Originally posted 2013-04-15 00:32:00.