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.

CAFÉ/COFFEE SHOP

カフェ/喫茶店[KAFUE/KISSATEN]

Cafés first appeared in Japan in the late 19th century as places for social/cultural exchange. Most of the early ones were privately-run chic cafés until the mid-1990s when global coffee giants began opening stores with stylish interiors. New types of café are also emerging, such as manga-kissa (manga cafés) where the customers are free to read as many manga as they like, neko-café for interacting with cats, and third-wave coffee shops where the baristas grind coffee beans and hand-drip each cup of coffee in front of the guest. It’s a little-known fact that the founder got the idea from old-style Japanese cafés.