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Uri-ba

Uri-ba is a native Japanese word, from uru 'to sell' and -ba 'a place'. It refers to a sales counter or sales window.

Based on the derivation, uri-ba could be written or . In public signs appears to be a preferred form, based admittedly on a rather small and biased sample (most are from Odakyu Department Store at Shinjuku):


KeirinjŨ-gai shaken uriba
Rapisuta Shinbashi (kaiin-sei)

Off-course cycling tickets sales counter
La Pista Shinbashi (Members)

Kippu uriba
Ticket window

In some cases, uriba can be found in hiragana, as in the example below:


Kippu uriba
Teikiken, Tokkyuuken, Kaisuuken, Kuuponken
Ticket window
Commuter tickets, Express train tickets, Multiple tickets, Coupons

A Google search in August 2003 revealed the following distribution for uri-ba on the Internet, with figures for the similar construction nori-ba (see noriba) shown at right:

Form
No. of occurrences
Form
No. of occurrences
160,000
99,000
101,000
15,100
710
43,200
97
141
katakana
92
katakana
37
53
293

Compared to nori-ba, uri-ba shows a much higher proportion of kanji only (), and a much lower proportion of hiragana only ().

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