Kana Kanban

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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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Kana Kanban

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ステーキ ハウス ピーピングトム 営業時間11:00−23:30

If you’re studying 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 2013-01-26 12:05:32.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #24: Coin Locker Sign

Japan train station coin locker sign in katakana Japanese alphabetコインロッカー

If you’re studying 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 2013-01-16 12:48:14.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #25: Coca-Cola Poster

Coca-Cola Japan sign in katakana Japanese alphabetグレートテイストゼロシュガー

If you’re studying 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 2012-11-16 23:15:30.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #26: Cafe’s Sign

Japan cafe soft serve ice cream sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

ソフトクリーム

If you’re studying katakana, try reading this Kyoto cafe’s 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 2012-10-29 03:40:26.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #27: Pool Hall’s Sign

Old Kyoto Japan pool hall's sign in katakana Japanese alphabetビリヤード  玉

If you’re studying hiragana, try reading this sign. Click on the photo to enlarge it and use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help with the katakana or the kanji.

This old establishment has actually announced what it’s offering in three different scripts, with the kanji character for ‘ball’ as well as English and katakana.

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Originally posted 2012-10-07 04:44:25.

How’s business?

カジュアルフロア おさわり禁止

If you’re studying katakana, try reading the words on the sign around this fellow’s neck to find out what they have on offer upstairs.

Halloween happens to be on the horizon, but he’s a fixture in front of this Kyoto clothing store throughout the year.

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with the words I’ve transcribed below the photo if you need help reading the katakana, or the message in his mouth.

The vertical hiragana/kanji can be seen more clearly if you click on the photo to enlarge it and then click again on his mouth.  A very common verb and kanji compound that you can likely guess the meaning of from the context.

I wonder what kind of greeting’s waiting for me on the second floor?

Originally posted 2012-09-21 22:57:57.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #28: Fresh Fish Label

Fresh fish package label with price in kanji and katakana Japanese alphabets生サーモン ノルウェー産

If you’re studying katakana, try reading the words from this label that I’ve transcribed just below the photo. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool if you need help with that or with the kanji above or in the text below.

The katakana will give you the name of the fish and its origin.  The character 生 is also seen and discussed here,  in a post I recently wrote about beer.

This reminds me, I’d better polish this off before the 消費期限 sneaks up on me, the 21st is just around the corner!

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Originally posted 2012-09-19 22:40:24.