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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SUKIYAKI

すき焼き [SUKIYAKI]

A popular Japanese hot pot dish consisting of thinly sliced beef, tofu, vegetables, and other ingredients simmered in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. It typically uses raw eggs as a dipping sauce, which, however, is not essential if you do not care for raw eggs, as the ingredients are already well flavored without the dipping sauce. Sukiyaki is a symbol of the resumption of eating beef, which was long prohibited in Japan after the introduction of Buddhism. The popular Japanese song "Ue o Muite Arukō (I Look Up as I Walk)” titled “Sukiyaki” in English topped the charts in several countries, including on the Billboard Hot 100. I wonder if the song would have been this successful had it been titled “Sushi” or “Soba.” Perhaps, it was the power of beef.