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.

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TRADITIONAL MULTI-COURSE MEAL

懐石料理[KAISEKI-RYŌRI]

The word kaiseki originally meant a simple meal offered by the host before a tea ceremony. Today, the term also refers to a full-course traditional meal often served in a ryokan or hotel. Kaiseki is prepared based on three principles: 1) use seasonal ingredients, 2) make the most of the original taste of the ingredients, and 3) cook with a spirit of courtesy. It values not only the taste but also a sense of season and spiritual integrity. The first dish of the kaiseki dinner I attended in late February was a firefly-squid and bamboo-shoot marinade followed by cherry anthias with butterbur shoot. Japanese people often notice the early signs of spring in kaiseki.