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.

PICKED PLUM

梅干し[UMEBOSHI]

A traditional Japanese preserved food made with salted plums and shiso (beefsteak leaves) known for its bright red/purple color and intensely salty and sour taste. Umeboshi is often used as a filling of onigiri or an accompaniment for bento (boxed lunch). High in citric acid, it is known to help recovery from fatigue, increase appetite, and facilitate digestion and is thus treasured as a health-promoting food as well. We’d better watch out though not to swallow the seed inside umeboshi. I remember, during a summer vacation many years ago, I planted an umeboshi seed in grandma’s yard. Did it sprout? I have no way of finding out now. It is a fond memory of a distant past.