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.

Request

If you would like us to create new PICTOGRAMS for you or have other requests, please contact us here.

JAPANESE CALLIGRAPHY

書道[SHODŌ]

Shodō is the traditional art of Japanese calligraphy that uses brush and ink to shape Chinese/Japanese characters. Shodō not only creates works of art but is also practiced widely in Japan especially by children as part of their cultural lessons. In recent years, kanji (Chinese characters) drawn in shodō style are attracting the interest of many foreigners for their diversity and visual impacts. Short shodō lessons are becoming popular among tourists from overseas, where they can pick a favorite kanji, draw it on washi paper, and then pint it on a T-shirt. One tourist picked “恥” without knowing its meaning. Well, it actually means “shame.” Should he be told?