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.

CRAB

かに[KANI]

Crabs are treasured as luxury food in Japan. The best season for enjoying crabs is typically winter. Many people travel to Hokkaido, a famous crab region, just to eat crabs. Quick to lose freshness, most of the ocean-fresh crabs are boiled immediately at the port. Taking a large bite of a freshly boiled crab in a port town can be quite an experience. I’ve been living in Japan for five years and grew to love crabs except kani-miso. At a sushi bar, I ordered kani-miso, thinking it was “crab meat seasoned with miso.” But what I got was “crab guts.” My partner was savoring it. Unbelievable!