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Noboru

Noboru is a verb meaning 'go up'. In the meaning of 'climb stairs', it is written in Chinese characters and hiragana as . The following sign follows this usage (noboru appears in the -te form nobotte):


O-te-arai
Kaidan o nobotte hidari-kawa desu

Lavatory
Up the stairs on the left

It is relatively common, however, to write native verbs like noboru in hiragana as . For instance, the example below is a similar sign in another railway station also directing users to the station conveniences:


O-te-arai wa kaidan nobotte konkĊsu ni arimasu.
The toilets are up the stairs in the concourse.

A Google search in August 2003 revealed the following pattern of usage for nobotte on the Internet:

Form
No. of occurrences
234,000
82,000

There are other characters that are used for writing noboru (, ) which are not relevant here because they have slightly different usages.

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