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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SHINTO SHRINE

神社[JINJA]

A structure of folk religion whose main purpose is to enshrine one or more kami (deity). Tens of thousands of Shinto shrines are found throughout Japan, quite a few of which have become famous tourist spots where Japanese ancient tradition can be felt. It is customary for many Japanese, including non-Shintoists, to pay a New Year’s visit to a Shinto shrine. What distinguishes Shinto shrines from Buddhist temples is the presence of a torii gate which separates the ordinary world from the sacred world. The most famous is the Senbon Torii (a row of a thousand torii gates) of Fushimi Inari-taisha. Whenever I see a torii, I feel like going through it to get to the other side. But I must be careful not to walk in the middle of the pathway, as it is set aside as the area where the deity passes.