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
  • WINNING MOVES IN SUMŌ
  • Coming Soon
  • Coming Soon

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.

KINTAI BRIDGE

錦帯橋[KINTAIKYŌ]

A uniquely shaped historical bridge in Yamaguchi Prefecture on the westernmost end of Honshu. This 193.3 m-long 5 m-wide bridge is composed of five sequential wooden arches, the top of which is about 13 m above the riverbed. The original Kintai Bridge was built in 1673 but was destroyed in a flood next year. Consequently, the bridge was repeatedly destroyed and reconstructed by the local people with an unrelenting passion to build a bridge that will not be washed away. The Kintai Bridge we see today was constructed in 1953 in a similar fashion to the original. If you look at the bridge from underneath, you will see woodwork beautifully arranged in geometrical patterns. The wood joinery techniques utilize the shape and weight of the bridge to increase its strength—a very sophisticated technique even from a modern standpoint. The idea that the essence is hidden from view applies here as well.