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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ITSUKUSHIMA SHRINE

厳島神社[ITSUKUSHIMA-JINJA]

A Shinto shrine on the island of Itsukushima (popularly known as Miyajima) in the Seto Inland Sea in western Japan. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan’s three most scenic sights. Many visitors take a ferry to see the mystical “floating torii gate” in the sea. The structures were built in shallow water because the whole island was considered so sacred that they tried to avoid injuring the land by cutting trees and excavating earth. “I’ve seen this at Mont Saint-Michel Abbey!” exclaims Paul. He cannot help but smile seeing the sacred gate. In fact, a torii gate was installed at the foot of Mont Saint-Michel in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of France-Japan diplomatic relations.