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

FERMENTED SOYBEANS

納豆[NATTŌ]

A traditional fermented food made from soybeans often served as breakfast. Its distinctive odor and sticky, slimy texture make many people wonder if it is really edible. People typically eat natto by stirring it with chopsticks and putting it on a bowl of rice, but are finding other ways, such as putting it in sushi, pasta, and omelets. When I was a kid, my mother often tried to convince me into eating natto , saying, “This one tiny bean contains all the five essential nutrients.” I don’t know how many times I protested, but now I’m grateful for her advice, as I grew up to be a healthy man.