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

SHIMANTO RIVER

四万十川[SHIMANTO-GAWA]

A 196-kilometer-long river flowing in the southwestern part of Kochi Prefecture. As the river is surrounded by nostalgic scenery with no artificial dams or weirs, it is sometimes referred to as “the last clear water of Japan.” Manmade structures are bridges crossing the river called “chinkabashi (sinking bridge)” characterized by their unique construction with no parapets. They are designed to sink when the water level rises so as not to be washed away by floods, which occur frequently in the region, and have become a symbol of Shimanto River. Although the water may look calm on the surface, the underlying currents can be very strong. I’d rather not jump in, but instead sit on the bridge and enjoy watching the flow of the water to cool me down, or I might try canoeing or snorkeling.