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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FRESHWATER CLAM

しじみ[SHIJIMI]

A type of freshwater clam that has been a staple food for the Japanese since ancient times and a common ingredient in miso soup. In my family, shijimi was always served on the morning after the night when my father came home drunk. My mom put a lot of shijimi in dad’s bowl of miso soup, showing concern for his health. Shijimi contains nutrients that help the function of the liver and therefore is believed to be good for a hangover. Shijimi is a natural medicine and a powerful aid for Japanese who love to get together and drink.