Animated Pictograms

Fun and easy-to-understand presentation of historical culture and traditional customs that are uniquely Japanese.

  • VISIT TO TEMPLE / SHIRINE
  • BOWING
  • POUNDING RICE CAKE
  • HAILING A CAB / TAXI
  • TAKING A BATH
  • WATER ABLUTION
  • TEA CEREMONY
  • RHYTHMIC CLAPPING AT CELEBRATIONS
  • RIDING THE TRAIN

About The Project

EXPERIENCE JAPAN PICTOGRAMS were developed to provide visual support for tourists in Japan.
For more information about the objectives and design concept of the project, please click here.

Request

If you would like us to create new PICTOGRAMS for you or have other requests, please contact us here.

SWEET RED BEAN BUN

あんぱん[ANPAN]

Bread buns filled with sweet anko (red bean paste) first created in Japan in the late 1800s. In those days, the idea to combine Western food with traditional anko was novel and revolutionary, and a government official, quite impressed with the idea and its deliciousness, presented anpan to the Emperor. In the popular animé series “Let’s Go” Anpanman,” Anpanman, a super popular superhero with an anpan for a head, lets a starving person he encounters eat a part of his head. Japanese kids learn kindness and compassion from Anpanman.