漢字発見!#7

三鷹の森 みたかのもり   三鷹(みたか)is the name of a city in the Tokyo Metropolis. 三鷹の森 is often referred to the Inokashira Park in Mitaka, where the Ghibli Musuem is located. Do you know about the Ghibli Studio? If you don’t, check out its official website here. 「三」is THREE. Simple right? Just count the strokes and you…

漢字発見! #6

固く禁じます かたく きんじます 固く禁じます means to Strongly Forbid/Firmly Prohibit. Hence, the sentence in the first picture would read as 「この場所での喫煙・ポイ捨ては固く禁じます」 このばしょでの きつえん・ぽいすては かたくきんじます We strictly forbid Smoking and Littering in this area. 「固」means hard, harden, strong, set. Onyomi: コ in 個体(こたい)solid body, 固形(こけい)solid shape Kunyomi: かた・い in 固い hard, かた・まる in 固まる harden, かた・める in 固める to strengthen; put together…

漢字発見! #5

喫煙・きつえん 「喫煙」means SMOKING. 「喫 」can mean ingest, devour, eat, drink or smoke. Onyomi: キツ in 喫煙 smoking, 喫茶(きっさ) drinking tea and 喫茶店(きっさてん) tea-drinking/small restaurant shop     「煙」 means Smoke. Onyomi: エン in 黒煙(こくえん)black smoke,  煙突(えんとつ)chimney; stovestack Kunyomi: けむり in 煙 smoke, けむ・る in 煙る to smoke(e.g fire); to look hazy, けむ・い in 煙い smoky ポイ捨(す)て…

JLPT Mock Test #4

「   」のことばを ひらがなで どうかきますか? いちばんいいものを ひとつ えらんでください。 Note: Clicking the correct answer will show the word meaning.

漢字発見! #4

場所・ばしょ Place, location, spot, position 「場」is associated with PLACE. It can mean spot, ground, location, range, premise, field, scene and the like. Onyomi: ジョウ in 開場(かいじょう)opening; inauguration,  場外(じょうがい)out of bound; off the grounds, Kunyomi: ば in 場合(ばあい) case; situation, 場面(ばめん)scene, 乗り場(のりば)place to get onto a vehicle (バス乗り場、タクシー乗り場) 「所」 also means PLACE, location. It is also…

漢字発見! #3

This time we’ll be breaking the poster into different parts and learn all Kanji characters one-by-one. Now, when you first see the poster, you should definitely be reading the Kanji that’s in the center or with the biggest Font size. 禁止・きんし 禁止 means PROHIBITION. This word is used when an act is strictly prohibited. You…

漢字発見! #2

東・西・北・南 ひがし・にし・きた・みなみ 東・西・北・南 are Kanji characters that denote the four directions; east, west, north and south. The image on the right is a representation of the four directions together with the Chinese Zodiac system. 「東」means EAST. Onyomi: トウ in 東京(とうきょう), 関東(かんとう)Kanto region of Japan, 東芝(とうしば)Toshiba(company) Kunyomi: ひがし in 東, 東ヨーロッパ East Europe 「西」means WEST. Onyomi: セイ…

JLPT Mock Test #3

[    ] のことばを ひらがなで どうかきますか? いちばんいいものを ひとつ えらんでください。 Note: Clicking the correct answer will show the word meaning.    

漢字発見! #1

食事・しょくじ (noun): 食事/お食事ーmeal, 「お」is often added for politeness. (verb): 食事するーto have a meal, to eat 「食」is associated with anything that is associated with FOOD. The moment you see it, you should know that we are talking about food. It ranges from 食事(しょくじ)meaning meal, 食べる(たべる)- to eat, 食堂(しょくどう)- cafeteria, dining hall, 飲食(いんしょく)- drinks & food, to 断食(だんじき)- fasting. Onyomi: ショク, ジキ…

漢字発見 Series!

The Kanji Hakken Series is aimed at introducing 漢字 (Kanji characters) and 漢語 (Words formed of Kanji characters) right from the streets of JAPAN. This series would have updates once every 3 days, with pictures of real places, notice boards, buildings, stations, menus, etc. that I clicked in Japan, and elaborate the meaning, reading, Kanji…