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.

JAPANESE-STYLE INN

旅館[RYOKAN]

Ryokan is a traditional Japanese inn. Unlike regular hotels, guests can enjoy Japanese food, onsen (hot spring), wearing a kimono and other cultural experiences all at once in a traditional Japanese home-like environment with tatami mats and shōji screens, and thus has become a popular accommodation among foreign tourists. One of the charms of staying in a ryokan is omotenashi (Japanese hospitality) graciously offered by experienced staff called “nakai-san.” I’ve come to this onsen-ryokan to be alone with my partner. A nakai-san gave me an amulet for easy childbirth. Did they notice my slightly protruding belly? What a subtle gesture of care and encouragement! I hope to give birth to a healthy baby and come back with the three of us next time.