Earthquake Disaster Pictograms

With the Tokyo Metropolitan Government finally announcing (sorry, Japanese only) that they will begin accepting personal donations for supplies to be sent to the earthquake victims up north, it’s likely that a surge of boxes and packages will begin arriving. This is definitely good news but it’s also a logistical nightmare.

Working off of mistakes made during previous disasters, and in an attempt to facilitate the current process, Mizuno Manabu of Good Design Company has created a set of earthquake disaster pictograms to help efficiently communicate the contents of care packages. The pictograms are available in PDF form for all to download and adhere to packages.




  1. I just checked out Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s website regarding person donations. They are not accepting donations from people living outside Tokyo!
    Check your information before you post!

  2. Have you been able to find addresses/centers to send these items to? I will look for some as well and post it here if I find any.

  3. Johnny

    March 19, 2011 at 8:17 am

    @Joyce – Yes, I know. Each prefectural government is coordinating their own aid efforts. Nowhere did I say that people all across Japan would be sending packages. With that said, the pictograms are for anyone who wants to send aid even independently.

  4. Johnny

    March 19, 2011 at 8:23 am

    @Lilly – personal packages can be sent to the address below:

    〒163-8001 新宿区西新宿2−8−1

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