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.

RICE BALL

おにぎり[ONIGIRI]

A unique Japanese food made from steamed rice formed into triangular, ball, or cylindrical shapes, stuffed with favorite fillings, and usually wrapped with nori (dried seaweed). Requiring no chopsticks, they make an ideal picnic food especially for schoolchildren when going on excursions. On arrival at the mountain top, a teacher would say, “Good work everyone, let’s have lunch.” Kids would open their lunch boxes and find parent-made onigiri. “What’s in it?” They’d take a bite. “Yay, it’s salted salmon!” Munch, munch, yum, yum... Onigiri puts smiles on their faces and sticky rice grains on their fingers.