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
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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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SABAE

鯖江[SABAE]

A city in Fukui Prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan known as one of the world’s three major eyeglass production centers. Eyeglass production in Sabae began as a second job for the snowy winter months, with craftsmen invited from Tokyo and Osaka. These crasftmen taught the villagers handicrafts and helped Sabae transform from a rural village to “a town of eyeglasses.” The Megane (eyeglasses) Museum is a popular tourist site. Sabae eyeglasses are known worldwide for their uncompromising quality, attention to detail, and exceptional durability, as they are meticulously made by undergoing more than 200 manufacturing processes. Many are sold to famous global brands. Approximately 90% of eyeglass frames manufactured in Japan are made in Sabae. They also account for 20% of frames globally. “Ah, here is another one, and another one over there!” exclaimed Ritsu as he spotted eyeglass symbols on signboards, street-side benches, manhole covers, and just about everywhere while walking through the town. Being an eyeglass wearer with 20/200 vision, he felt like a hero in Sabae.