Kana Kanban

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If you’re studying hiragana and katakana, try reading this.  I took this shot last month at Tokyo Disneyland. Use the rikaichan popup dictionary or your favorite reference tool with my transcription below the photo if you need help.

Originally posted 2013-04-27 02:35:14.

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.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #22: McDonald’s Japan Sign

Tokyo McDonald's sign in katakana Japanese alphabet

マクドナルドハンバーガー

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 2013-03-13 23:53:36.

Katakana Japanese Reading Practice #23: Taxi Stand Sign

Japan taxi stand sign in katakana and hiragana Japanese alphabet

タクシー のりば

If you’re studying hiragana and katakana, try reading this sign that I saw on a trip to Tokyo last week. 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 2013-03-12 22:03:43.

Kanji Kanban Japanese Sign #91-Income Tax Return Filing

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確定申告 ネットなら便利! 国税庁ホームページで申告書が作成できます。

確定申告 検索

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 poster. Click on the photo to enlarge it and see the characters more clearly. The deadline for paying national income tax in Japan is March 15th.

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(H567, H382, H1117, H247, H991, H906, H581, H895, H591, H1117, H247, H327, H1142, H361, H567, H382, H1117, H247, H1673, H1365)

Kanji In Context(KIC803, KIC289, KIC585, KIC892, KIC227, KIC248, KIC151, KIC670, KIC541, KIC585, KIC892, KIC181, KIC137, KIC377, KIC803, KIC289, KIC585, KIC892, KIC792, KIC1301)

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Originally posted 2013-02-14 00:32:14.

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.