One of the main themes i expressed throughout the guide is the transition from British to Japanese. I visually communicated this with the union jack slowly being filled with red. These pie chart flags are shown in the chapters signifying your progress in the book. At the beginning of the book you start with a full union jack, until the end of the guide when you have the Japanese flag - the rising sun.
As well as this, each gesture also has a progress bar signifying to the learner that they are slowing becoming more Japanese! for instance, the reader at the beginning of the book may be more London than Tokyo - but by the end of the book, they are more Pokemon than Danger Mouse.
The book is also traditionally sized (Hansi paper size, meaning ‘half size’) and is bound using Japanese binding skills. The guide is not the ideal size for learning while in Japan - which is why i have also designed an iPhone app to allow the learner to download a pocket sized version of the book when they purchase the original guide.