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 #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 #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.

If you’re learning katakana, try reading this sign that I saw in Kyoto and you’ll discover what kind product they sell.  Sort of.  I honestly can’t quite picture their merchandise,  as far as what makes it distinct from my own setup.  I wonder what I’m missing out on?

I took this picture in part because the company’s van quite considerately has the name written on its side in the roman alphabet,  so that you can check your reading skills by slowly scrolling down to the next picture, after you give this sign a whirl.

Keep scrolling……..
almost there………

Originally posted 2012-08-27 07:45:29.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #30: Dance Studio’s Sign

Old Kyoto Japan dance studio's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

ダンス スタジオ

If you’re learning katakana, try reading this sign.It caught my eye because of the colors and graphics, which might help you to decipher the meaning.  Then again, the more I look at the two figures above the words, it looks like a barroom brawl or a shootout!  So it might be best to focus on the pair on the bottom………

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool on the text I’ve transcribed just below the photo if you need help. Rikaichan won’t help with most personal names,  but this one, which serves as the name of the business, is also written in the Roman alphabet on the sign.

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Originally posted 2012-08-21 23:29:06.

Brother, can you spare a…………

合鍵 金物 スペアキー

Use the rikaichan popup dictionary on the text I’ve transcribed just below the photo if you need help reading the sign.
I liked the look of this quaint old sign in front of a small shop in Kyoto that might not even be in business anymore.  I hadn’t realized that the katakana version of ‘spare key’ was Japanese,  so I snapped the photo.

Then, when I used the rikaichan popup dictionary just now as I transcribed the words on it,  I confirmed the reading あいかぎ,  as I had never really been sure about how to pronounce that.  That’s the Japanese word for ‘spare key.’

And though I go to hardware stores now and then, I didn’t know what to call one in Japanese!  the answer is also on this sign.

I’ve seen the characters 金物 and understand that it refers to ‘metal things’ or hardware. But there are various common ways to pronounce these two characters and I’d never been sure about how to read them together. Now I know that if I’m looking for a place to get a key made, I should ask where the nearest かなものやさん is.

It so happens that I need a spare key made, and have been procrastinating about it.  Maybe this will nudge me to get it,  just to have the chance to use these new words before I forget them! I wonder if Mr. Okada is still plying his trade.

ちょっと合鍵を買いに行ってきます!

Originally posted 2012-08-04 07:20:34.

Kana Kanban

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おにぎり 100YEN セール

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

Originally posted 2013-05-01 00:41:48.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #20: Yoga Studio’s Sign

Yoga studio's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

ヨガスタジオ

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.  That’s rain on their arms, not sweat.

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Originally posted 2013-04-30 12:50:11.

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.