Korean-y Kanji

韓の台所 - Korean Kitchen

韓の台所 – Korean Kitchen

This sign is for a Korean barbeque/pub-restaurant in Shibuya, part of a chain. The top line just says that it’s a barbecue (yakiniku) pub-restaurant (izakaya). The larger characters below are the cool part, though. They’re the Japanese characters 韓の台所 (*han no daidokoro*/Korean Kitchen) written to look more like Korean writing, with all the loops and straight lines and whatnot.

We see tons of signs in English that use jagged brush strokes to indicate an “Asian” feel, so I thought it was interesting to see how one Asian language evokes another.


English teacher, student of Japanese, and aspiring linguist.

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