Signs Flashcards

2014-09-23

There are so many signs in life, and if you can't read them, you might not follow them. Even if you can read them, you still might not follow them. But understanding a thing helps a lot, as Lee Child wrote. Here are fifty signs that I found around Japan in normal places like train stations, hotels, and on the street. The goal here is to be able to read the Japanese text on the sign. Some of these signs have pictures that are self-explanatory, in which case you probably already know the general idea. Some of these signs have both English and Japanese (and maybe Chinese, too). That's great, but can you read the Japanese aloud? If not, it's probably something worth studying.

The below images are located here. I also created a deck for Anki.

SignJapaneseKanaContext
2014-08-20.07.Bikes.jpg自転車置場じてんしゃおきばBicycle area.
2014-08-20.04.Crosswalk.jpg夜間押ボタン式やかんおしボタンしきAt night, press the button to use the crosswalk.
2014-08-24.14.End.jpgこの先行き止まりこのさきいきどまりDead end ahead.
2014-08-24.02.Parking.jpg契約車以外駐車お断りけいやくしゃいがいちゅうしゃおことわりParking for delivery drivers only.
2014-08-20.06.Bikes.jpg自転車を除くじてんしゃをのぞくA sign forbidding cars but permitting bicycles.
2014-08-31.26.Exit.jpg非常口ひじょうぐちEmergency exit.
2014-08-13.12.Sign.jpg入口いりぐちEntrance.
2014-08-13.11.Sign.jpg出口でぐちExit.
2014-08-24.11.Fire.jpg消火器しょうかきFire extinguisher.
2014-08-20.05.Fire.jpg消火水そうしょうかすいそうFire cistern.
2014-08-20.12.Gate.jpg車路歩行禁止くるまじほこうきんしCar use only. No pedestrians.
2014-08-20.13.Touch.jpg接触禁止せっしょくきんしDo not touch.
2014-08-24.05.Trespassing.jpg関係者以外の立入駐車を禁止しますかんけいしゃいがいのたちいりちゅうしゃをきんししますEntry and parking prohibited, except for staff.
2014-08-12.14.Sign.jpg避難はしごひなんはしごFire escape ladder.
2014-08-12.12.Sign.jpg手間位に倒すと荷物置きになります。てまえにたおすとにもつおきになります。Horizontally loaded down, it can be used as a luggage carrier.
2014-08-31.25.Sign.jpg本館
売店
プール
ボウリング
ほんかん
ばいてん
プール
ボウリング
Main building.
Shop.
Pool.
Bowling.
2014-08-20.11.Mirrors.jpg左右確認さゆうかくにんLook both ways.
2014-09-07.15.Sign.jpgよく見て通りましょう よくみてとおりましょうLook carefully before proceeding.
2014-08-24.24.Sign.jpg自転車放置規制区域じてんしゃほうちきせいくいきBicycle parking prohibited.
2014-09-07.10.Litter.jpg禁止
ここからのゴミや空き缶の投げ捨てはおやめください。
駅長
きんし
ここからのゴミやあきかんのなげすてはおやめください。
えきちょう
Prohibition.
Please do not throw trash or cans here.
— Station Master.
2014-09-07.07.Sign.jpgバイク進入禁止バイクしんにゅうきんしNo motorcycles.
2014-09-07.12.Sign.jpgバイク通行禁止!バイクつうこうきんし!No motorcycles!
2014-08-24.04.Parking.jpg防犯装置作動中
駐車お断り
ぼうはんそうちさどうちゅう
ちゅうしゃおことわり
Security camera in use.
No parking.
2014-08-24.06.Parking.jpg駐車禁止
無断駐車は110番通報します。
ちゅうしゃきんし
むだんちゅうしゃはひゃくとうばんつうほうします。
No parking.
Cars parked without permission will be reported to the police.
2014-08-24.03.Parking.jpg駐車禁止
駐車ご遠慮ください
ちゅうしゃきんし
ちゅうしゃごえんりょください
No parking.
Please refrain from parking.
2014-08-24.01.Smoking.jpg禁煙きんえんNo smoking.
2014-09-07.14.Sign.jpg終日禁煙
駅構内は禁煙です。
ご協力ください。
しゅうじつきんえん
えきこうないはきんえんです。
ごきょうりょくください。
No smoking all day.
Smoking is prohibited on the station premises. Thanks for your cooperation.
2014-08-19.04.Bus.jpgこの席の幼児扱お年寄りの一人がけは危険ですからご遠慮くださいこのせきのようじおよびおとしよりのひとりがけはきけんですからごえんりょくださいThis bus seat is dangerous for small children or the elderly traveling alone.
2014-08-31.11.Trespassing.jpg立入禁止たちいりきんしNo trespassing.
2014-08-24.17.Trucks.jpg積3t
この先100m
つみ3t
このさき100m
Trucks above 3 tons cannot proceed more than 100 meters.
2014-08-24.12.Turn.jpgこの先行き止まりこのさきいきどまりDead end ahead.
2014-08-20.10.Direction.jpg自転車を除く
一方通行
じてんしゃをのぞく
いっぽうつうこう
One way street, excepting bicycles.
2014-09-07.16.Parking.jpg自動車
自転車
じどうしゃ
じてんしゃ
Car parking. Bicycle parking.
2014-08-20.02.Walking.jpg歩行者優先ほこうしゃゆうせんPriority to pedestrians.
2014-08-19.05.Walking.jpg土・日曜、休日を除くど・にちよう、きゅうじつをのぞくPedestrian zone 7:45-8:45, excepting weekends and holidays.
2014-08-13.13.Sign.jpg非常電話ひじょうでんわEmergency telephone.
2014-08-20.03.Crosswalk.jpg歩行者用押ボタン
夜間はボタンをおしてください
ほこうしゃようおしボタン
やかんはボタンをおしてください
To cross the street at night, push the button.
2014-08-24.08.Button.jpg自動
押してください
じどう
おしてください
Automatic door. Please push this button.
2014-09-07.17.Rail.jpg踏切注意ふみきりちゅういCaution. Railroad crossing.
2014-08-20.14.Ticket.jpg駐車券なくさないで
出口で必要です
ちゅうしゃけんなくさないで
でぐちでひつよう
Please don't lose your parking ticket. You need it to exit the car park.
2014-09-07.18.School.jpg通学路つうがくろSchool route.
2014-08-20.09.Security.jpgセキュリティシステム作動中セキュリティシステムさどうちゅうSecurity system in operation.
2014-08-24.23.Sidewalk.jpg横断禁止おうだんきんしDo not cross the street here.
2014-08-23.40.Parking.jpg60分
二輪車用
パーキング・チケット
ろくじゅうぷん
にりんしゃよう
パーキング・チケット
60 minute motorcycle parking with ticket.
2014-08-19.03.Bus.jpg走行中は席を立たないでくださいそうこうちゅうはせきをたたないでくださいDo not stand up while the bus is in motion.
2014-08-24.07.Stop.jpgとまれとまれStop.
2014-09-07.09.Toll Road.jpg有料道路ゆうりょうどうろToll road.
2014-08-20.08.Warning.jpg注意ちゅういCaution.
2014-08-24.15.Water.jpg仕切弁しきりべんA shutoff valve.
2014-08-12.13.Sign.jpg消防隊進入口しょうぼうたい しんにゅうぐちAn emergency entrance for firefighters.
SignJapaneseKanaContext

Thanks

Thanks to Ayu, Daiki, Castaways, and Tomoko for helping with the translations. I posted the obscure ones to Twitter, and they got back to me in minutes. The Woody Guthrie quote was Marjorie's idea. Good stuff.

As I went walking I saw a sign there,
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

— Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land (1944).
Well I was walkin' for some time when I came across this sign,
Sayin', "Who are you and where are you from? We don't like when visitors come."
"No Trespassing", that's what it said, at least that's what I could read.
No trespassers? Yeah, my ass, wait 'til ya get a load of me.

— Adam Lambert, Trespassing (2012).