I sounded it out: ya ki to ri – yakitori – YAKITORI! I knew what it said. Yakitori is this cooked chicken on a stick that is popular here. This is a place that sells those chicken things. It sounds silly, but it was so exciting to read and understand what the sign said.
I know about 20 kanji symbols now. It seems like I see the ones I’ve learned often. I see “north” on street signs and I saw it on a bank in Sapporo the other day. I see the fire kanji a lot because there are a lot of fire hydrants around.
The two kanji I recognize and see the most are “not allowed” and “stop”. Unless there is also a picture, I don’t know what is not allowed, so I’ve just decided not to do anything around any sign that says 禁止 .