Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #87-Post Office Kit Kat Campaign

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がんばるよ、受験。

ありがとう、キットメール。

応援してるよ!

おじいちゃん おばあちゃん

より

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 Japan Post poster.

It’s advertising their annual Kit Kat sales campaign aimed at friends and relatives of 受験生, students preparing for school entrance exams.

The boxes have space on the outside for a message of support and encouragement, and can be sent as is in the mail. In the closeup you can see the characters 紅白, red and white, printed on the box along with mini KitKat bars in both red and white wrappers.

These colors are used for auspicious occasions. Foreigners in Japan often first hear mention of 紅白 at the end of the year when someone talks about the 紅白歌合戦 televised New Year’s Eve singing contest.

When I saw this poster I noticed that it includes two examples of the sentence-final particle よ in a very natural context, and it reminded me of  Kate Elwood’s January 21st  Cultural Conundrums column in The Daily Yomiuri,  which focused on various usages of よ and the mistakes that non-native speakers are prone to make when using it. I got a lot out of the vivid examples and the studies she cited, and it was an entertaining read.  You can check out Kate Elwood’s take on it 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(H735, H1980, H607, H1951)

Kanji In Context(KIC269, KIC793, KIC1119, KIC1270)

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Originally posted 2013-02-10 00:03:05.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #86-Allergy Medicine

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1日1回1錠でしっかり効くのはアレジオン10

しかも独自の医療用成分配合だから、眠くなりにくい。

脳に入りにくい

イメージ図

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 poster for the allergy medicine アレジオン10 featuring popular model, singer and actress Yu Yamada.

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, H586, H383, H1276, H522, H36, H1694, H1709, H1181, H361, H781, H1436, H253, H1835, H1934, H779, H1180)

Kanji In Context(KIC16, KIC162, KIC1604, KIC501, KIC559, KIC63, KIC325, KIC1362, KIC308, KIC377, KIC26, KIC727, KIC271, KIC978, KIC1109, KIC186, KIC329)

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Originally posted 2013-02-08 01:10:58.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #85-Western Book Shop

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洋書

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the kanji characters 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 Context.

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

Heisig(H549, H327)

Kanji In Context(KIC917, KIC181)

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Originally posted 2013-02-07 23:44:36.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #84-Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln

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世界を変えた、夢がある。

ステイーベン スピルバーグ監督作品

ダニエル デイ=ルイス

リンカーン

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 movie poster. The top horizontal line is so small that it’s a challenge to read even on the original, but clicking on the photo will help somewhat.  I used the context to guess what it says before I confirmed it, thinking about the wording on such posters in English, since that format is fairly standardized.

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(H28, H251, H1745, H305, H1453, H719, H1142, H23)

Kanji In Context(KIC156, KIC157, KIC222, KIC800, KIC925, KIC926, KIC137, KIC683)

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Originally posted 2013-02-06 00:28:57.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #83-Pore Cleanser

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毛穴を洗う石鹸

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 Context.

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

Heisig(H1913, H1316, H249, H113, H2867)

Kanji In Context(KIC490, KIC1122, KIC198, KIC102, KIC N/A)

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Originally posted 2013-02-04 00:42:30.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #82-Butcher Shop Yakiniku Day

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食べる

肉は焼き過ぎてしまうと、固くなってしまい美味しさも半減してしまいます。高温で炙るように一気に焼くことで美味しさもアップ!!

野菜なども取り入れて栄養バランスをとりましょう。

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 sun-faded poster I saw recently in a Kyoto butcher shop’s window.

Click on the photo to enlarge it and then click on it a second time to make the kanji characters big enough to see easily.  WARNING: The boys will appear even more meat-crazed when you do this.

The kanji character in the verb 炙る(あぶる) isn’t included in the  常用漢字(じょうようかんじ) standardized list of common kanji, but  is still an often seen kanji, especially associated with grilling or searing fish and meats and other foods.

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(H1472, H1200, H1293, H580, H548, H219, H1202, H366, H307, H1452, H1, H N/A,  H1885, H1200, H548, H219, H1596, H734, H819, H779, H326, H1479, H13, H12, H1200, H1022, H12)

Kanji In Context(KIC131, KIC561, KIC218, KIC284, KIC470, KIC673, KIC311, KIC159, KIC430, KIC83, KIC839, KIC N/A, KIC1, KIC246, KIC218, KIC673, KIC311, KIC404, KIC774, KIC270, KIC186, KIC1188, KIC675, KIC17, KIC16, KIC218, KIC561, KIC16)

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Originally posted 2013-02-02 00:06:09.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #81-Furniture Shop

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家具ショップオカダ

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 Context.

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

Heisig(H541, H74)

Kanji In Context(KIC52, KIC720)

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Originally posted 2013-02-01 00:59:58.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #80-Out of Order Pay Phone

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使用不可

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading the words on the sign on this public phone.

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(H990, H1181, H1217, H93)

Kanji In Context(KIC199, KIC308, KIC422, KIC412)

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Originally posted 2013-01-31 00:01:42.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #79-Onigiri Rice Ball Shop

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お米自慢 お持ち帰りもどうぞ おにぎり屋さん おにぎりモーニング お好み焼き 焼きそば

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 sign. Click on the photo to see the kanji 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(H919, H36, H829, H660, H1230, H1058, H99, H1200, H1200)

Kanji In Context(KIC562, KIC63, KIC653, KIC398, KIC134, KIC54, KIC244, KIC218, KIC218)

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Originally posted 2013-01-30 00:53:07.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #78-Train Station No Smoking

終日禁煙 かけこみ乗車は危険です

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 subway 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 (H1352, H12, H1098, H1612, H1585, H286, H1416, H1672)

Kanji In Context(KIC130, KIC16, KIC815, KIC1045, KIC135, KIC62, KIC789, KIC790)

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Originally posted 2013-01-29 00:28:50.