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.

BUDDHIST TEMPLE

寺院[JI-IN]

A Buddhist temple also called “tera” or “o-tera” in Japanese. There are several tens of thousands of temples across the country with different features depending on the Buddhist school. Buddha statues are enshrined in most of these temples, which are visited and worshipped by many people, including non-Buddhists. At the temples, monks undergo training, including the shaving of their heads to indicate their resolution to disconnect from secular life. “Behave yourself, or I’ll shave your head and put you in a temple!” is a typical mantra of a mom of a naughty boy.