Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #249-Traffic Safety

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老人と子供を

交通事故から守りましょう

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading 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(H1251, H951, H95, H1796, H1275, H1408, H1156, H333, H186)

Kanji In Context(KIC737, KIC15, KIC69, KIC418, KIC504, KIC204, KIC237, KIC722, KIC537)

Originally posted 2013-11-01 00:54:35.

Kanji Kanban #273-Fushimi Inari Shrine Torii Gates

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奉納

ペンキぬりたて

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photos if you need help reading the characters on this torii (shrine gate) and the plastic cone.  They were part of the scenery when we paid a visit to Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine in May.

The two characters on the torii are read from right to left and carry the meaning of an offering, especially in religious contexts.

The thousands of torii that make Fushimi Inari  so unforgettable are vivid examples of such donations, paid for by companies that receive the right to have their names inscribed on the torii in return.

I was struck by how dynamic the atmosphere is, with torii new and old and in between,  some clearly on their last legs.  In stark contrast, the vermilion paint on others was still wet, as the sign on the cone in one photo warns.  The closeup shows another newborn torii, its kanji yet to be painted black.

As we strolled along the path, we looked up and saw a gentleman  perched above us on a ladder. When I asked him how long they usually hold up before succumbing to the elements,  he kindly took a break from his painting duties to report that 10-15 years is a typical torii lifespan. There’s a constant cycle of renewal here, which seems to echo the timeless natural processes at work in the surrounding forest.

What a magical place!

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(H1573, H1356)

Kanji In Context(KIC1678, KIC733)

Originally posted 2014-06-21 05:20:01.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #271-Watch Your Step

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足もと注意

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

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(H1279, H267, H608)

Kanji In Context(KIC171, KIC290, KIC291)

Originally posted 2014-05-12 00:57:16.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #270-Kyoto Subway Lines

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地下鉄に乗る

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 promoting Kyoto’s subway system.

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(H515, H50, H846, H1585)

Kanji In Context(KIC146, KIC32, KIC147, KIC135)

Originally posted 2014-04-22 02:19:20.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #267- Parking Lot

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時間貸

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 parking lot’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(H159, H1620, H1007)

Kanji n Context(KIC25, KIC161, KIC183)

 

Originally posted 2014-04-15 00:23:23.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #265-Get Out the Vote

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選挙へ

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this public service poster. April 6th is gubernatorial election day in Kyoto.

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(H1804, H1938)

Kanji In Context(KIC264, KIC1189)

Originally posted 2014-04-05 02:31:39.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #263-Kyoto Kamogawa River Nutria

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ヌートリアにエサをあげないでください

エサをあげるとドンドン増えて

貝などの生き物もたくさん食べられてしまいます

ヌートリアは、もともと南アメリカにすんでいた大きいなネズミで、とてもたくさん子供を産みます。

鴨川に昔からいる生き物が減ったり、畑の野菜を食べて人に迷惑をかけたりします。

エサをやっていて指をかまれると、ケガをしたり、病気になったりして大変です。

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

Nutria are native to South America and were introduced to Japan.  We took these photos along Kyoto’s Kamogawa(鴨川) River recently.

It seems as though Kyoto City has stepped up its campaign to eradicate them,  and this sign is part of that effort.  It asks people not to feed them and details the harm that they do to native species of plants and animals and warns of the risk of getting bitten, and is written in a way that children as well can understand and take to heart.

I’m not sure about how long they’ve been here or how they were introduced-a lady we met by the river who was watching a nutria told us that the Japanese military had them brought to Japan and used their fur to make collars for uniforms during wartime,  releasing them when they were no longer needed. But I don’t know for sure if that’s actually what happened.

I’d be curious to know of any other explanations that you’ve come across! In any event it looks like the city is having some success with their program, so if you want to see a nutria in Kyoto, better get out there!  I seem to most often see them, usually just one or sometimes two, just north of the Imadegawa Bridge on the west side of the river.  That’s where this sign is.

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(H502, H54, H1555, H1050, H1472, H1613, H107, H95, H1796, H1560, H2835, H127, H1184, H1555, H1050, H366, H166, H1596, H734, H1472, H951, H924, H614, H659, H1682, H1885, H107, H1745)

Kanji In Context(KIC429, KIC719, KIC49, KIC321, KIC131, KIC41, KIC87, KIC69, KIC418, KIC574, KIC N/A, KIC101, KIC428, KIC49, KIC321, KIC430, KIC872, KIC404, KIC774, KIC131, KIC15, KIC1070, KIC431, KIC775, KIC229, KIC246, KIC87, KIC222)

Originally posted 2014-03-26 00:38:13.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #261-Kyoto Eyeglass Store Noren

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眼鏡研究社

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this noren shop curtain.

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(H1467, H483, H675, H1320, H1092)

Kanji In Context(KIC978, KIC1034, KIC297, KIC298, KIC60)

Originally posted 2014-02-10 08:23:59.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #260-Bakery Brown Rice Bread

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玄米パン

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this bakery’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(H1383, H919)

Kanji In Context(KIC1276, KIC562)

Originally posted 2014-01-31 00:46:07.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #259-Prime Minister Abe Campaign Poster

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実感を、その手に。

自民党

日本を、

取り戻す。

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help reading this political poster featuring prime minister Shinzo Abe of 自民党(じみんとう), also known as the Liberal Democratic Party or LDP.

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(H1572, H615, H637, H36, H1834, H797, H12, H211, H819, H1081)

Kanji In Context(KIC672, KIC1071, KIC170, KIC63, KIC322, KIC710, KIC16, KIC37, KIC270, KIC1201)

Originally posted 2014-01-18 00:35:02.