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.
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NARITASAN SHINSHOJI TEMPLE

成田山新勝寺[NARITASAN SHINSHŌ-JI]

A large Buddhist temple complex built in 940 as a sacred place to guard the Kanto region. Owing partially to its convenient location near Narita International Airport, the temple attracts close to 10 million visitors each year. It has been a popular tourist destination since the Edo period a few hundred years ago, during which Edokko (people born and raised in old Tokyo) flocked to see the famous Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjurō performing a play based on the deity Fudō-Myōō, the principal idol of Shinshoji Temple, on the main stage of Naritasan Temple. A pilgrimage to Naritasan become an extremely popular act of faith for people. On my way to Naritasan along the 800 m approach from Narita Station, I began noticing a sweet roasted aroma emanating from all around. The aroma was coming from a number of unagi (freshwater eel) restaurants along the path, which were originally established to offer a stamina-boosting food to the pilgrims who came all the way from Edo on foot, a trip taking two days. Today, unagi at Naritasan is only a short train ride away. What an age to live in.