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.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #144-Mask Vending Machine

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マスク自販機

感染対策をサポート!

マスク 2枚入 ¥100

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 vending machine.  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(H36, H726, H1382, H615, H509, H1726, H948, H332, H779)

Kanji In Context(KIC63, KIC1223, KIC334, KIC1071, KIC908, KIC363, KIC1057, KIC982, KIC186)

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Originally posted 2013-04-14 00:40:32.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #143-Holiday Season Parties

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忘年会 新年会 ご予約 承ります

国産和牛焼肉

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Tokyo restaurant’s sign.  The name of the place is 和田,  which might well be the owner’s last name.  I saw this when I went to Tokyo one December,  when signs like this are often seen.

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(H596, H1036, H752, H1502, H1036, H752, H1593, H1362, H1901, H581, H1560, H897, H245, H1200, H1022)

Kanji In Context(KIC209, KIC24, KIC59, KIC85, KIC24, KIC59, KIC403, KIC381, KIC819 KIC151, KIC574, KIC352, KIC28, KIC218, KIC561)

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Originally posted 2013-04-13 07:11:08.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #142-Gifts and Souvenirs

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土産

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this Kyoto Station shop’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 Context.

To learn more about how this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H150, H1560)

Kanji In Context(KIC22, KIC574)

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Originally posted 2013-04-12 00:27:21.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #141-Nio Guardians on the Train

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仁王立ち!

乗るも降りるも、

ひと苦労。

乗り降りのお客さまのためにドア付近を広くおあけいただきますようおねがい致します。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this poster. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the chracters more clearly.

The two imposing statues blocking the train’s doors are 仁王(におう).  Look for this menacing, muscular pair at the entrance of Buddhist temples in Japan and in other Asian countries.  They’re there to protect the Buddha from harm.

While they’re revered as divine guardians, they’re inconveniencing fellow passengers here by taking up a good deal of space and getting in the way of others who are getting on and off the train.

Though I’d seen them standing guard at temples countless times over the years, I didn’t know their name until this poster prompted me to ask my friend about the meaning behind this public service message.

Not only did I learn their name, but also a common expression that springs from it, 仁王立ち(におうだち), which refers to a way of standing, unsmiling, striking an intimidating pose, sometimes with arms crossed.   You can use this in daily life in ways like this:

門限を過ぎて家に帰ると仁王立ちの父親が待っていた。

Or this variation:

門限を過ぎて家に帰ると父親が仁王立ちで待っていた。

Here’s the first example in hiragana:

もんげんをすぎていえにかえるにおうだちのちちおやがまっていた。

In this case my dad was mad, but this expression doesn’t always convey anger.  A  tired or disinterested salesperson might stand around like this,  not feeling angry, but giving off a stern and uninviting impression.  Certainly, the intimidating posture that law enforcement, bouncers and other security personnel often assume can be described as 仁王立ち。You can find more information about Nio statues 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(H988, H255, H431, H1585, H1308, H225, H860, H1585, H1308, H294, H1000, H1129, H739, H135)

Kanji In Context(KIC1879, KIC577, KIC174, KIC135, KIC136, KIC342, KIC443, KIC135, KIC136, KIC318, KIC365, KIC109, KIC113, KIC862)

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Originally posted 2013-04-11 00:15:42.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #140-Ichiro Serving Beer

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麦100%は、一番搾り

ビールは、麦100%の時代へ。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading this poster of Ichiro serving up some  Kirin Ichiban. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly.

There’s an interesting review of the stuff here that touches on the meaning of the kanji characters on the label, too.

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(H1533, H1, H1909, H1324, H1533, H159, H1005)

Kanji In Context(KIC637, KIC1, KIC551, KIC1484, KIC637, KIC25, KIC413)

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Originally posted 2013-04-10 23:53:41.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #139-Yu Darvish Pocari Sweat

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汗に、

オフシーズン

はない。

イオンサプライ ポカリスエット

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  advertisement for Pocari Sweat featuring major leaguer Yu Darvish.  A similar ad from the same campaign was featured in Kanji Kanban #50.

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 this information can help you learn kanji, please read this.

Heisig(H1651)

Kanji In Context(KIC507)

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Originally posted 2013-04-09 00:09:12.