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.

SUNRISE

日の出(朝日)[HINODE(ASAHI)]

In Japan, a beautiful sunrise can be seen all year round. Watching the first sunrise of the year called “hatsu hinode” to pray for good fortune and/or make a New Year’s resolution is a traditional custom. Climbing up to the observatory on a mountain top to see hatsu-hinode has been my family tradition for 15 years. My son, who was just a little boy back then, will turn 20 soon this year. I wonder how many more years he will come along with us. Each year, past and future, has left and will leave a precious memory even on days when the sun is covered with clouds.