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.

Request

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

YAKUSHIMA ISLAND

屋久島[YAKU-SHIMA]

A small island off the coast of Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan that became Japan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Yakushima has mountain peaks 1,000 meters or higher and is thus nicknamed “the Alps of the Ocean.” About 90% of the island is covered by virgin forests, which emit an air of sacredness and are known to have inspired the creation of the internationally successful animated film “Princess Mononoke” by Studio Ghibli. The most popular activity in Yakushima is a 22-kilometer 10-hour round trekking trip to the Jomonsugi, a giant cedar tree estimated to be at least a few thousand years old. After a long walk on the trail, we finally reached the Jomonsugi site. It took more than a dozen of us holding hands to surround its massive trunk – so awestriking that it’s well worth the muscle ache afterwards.