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Culture Emoji

  1. Emoticons (顔文字 (かおもじ, “Kaomoji” or “Emoji”) are facial expressions pictorially represented by punctuation and letters in order to express the mood the writer is currently in. The term “emoticon” blends the words emotion and icon. Emoticons are frequently used in text messages on cellphones, in emails and on internet fora where they are often rendered as smiley graphics (like on the Japan Forum). In Japanese language the are referred to as emoji or rather kaomoji (かおもじ). Often they consist of surprisingly complex combinations due to the usage of double-byte characters. Find a selection of common emoji below.

    This selection can also be downloaded here as a text file.

    HAPPY & SMILING------
    (^_^)(v^_^)v(●´∀`●)(`・ω・´)ヽ(;▽;)ノ(*´・v・)(⌒▽⌒)☆
    ⊂((・▽・))⊃(≧∇≦)/(・◇・)⊂((・▽・))⊃(≧∇≦)/(・◇・)( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
    ( ̄ー ̄)(*^▽^*)(^▽^)(´・ω・`)(’-’*)(●´∀`●)(`・ω・´)
    ∩( ・ω・)∩(*≧▽≦)\(^ ^)/O(≧∇≦)O( ´∀`)(^~^)\(@ ̄∇ ̄@)/
    (☆^O^☆)(★^O^★)(☆^ー^☆)(´ω`★)\(T∇T)/ヽ(*≧ω≦)ノ*(*´∀`*)☆
    O(≧▽≦)Oヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ\(*T▽T*)/ヽ(‘ ∇‘ )ノ(*^ワ^*)ヽ(^Д^)ノ(´∀`)
    (°◇°; )(゜▽゜; )(☆^ー^☆)(/^▽^)/( ^∇^)(●⌒∇⌒●)ヽ(`◇´)/
    。◕‿◕。⊙ω⊙o (◡‿◡✿)(◕‿◕✿)(∩_∩)。◕‿◕。(•ิ_•ิ)
    (/•ิ_•ิ)/(ΦωΦ)(^⊆^)(-^〇^-)(゜▼゜*)ヽ(^。^)丿(>y<)
    (^v^)ヾ(@^▽^@)ノヾ(@゜▽゜@)ノ(°◇°; )(⌒▽⌒ゞヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノΨ(´▽`)Ψ
    GREETINGS & FAREWELL------
    ヾ(^∇^)( ゚▽゚)/( ̄▽ ̄)ノ(^ _ ^)/(^o^)/( ^_^)/( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
    (^-^*)/☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ(ノ´∀`*)ノ(ヾ(´・ω・`)ヾ(-_-; )(*^▽^)/~ヾ ^∇^
    \(^▽^*)ヾ(。´・_●・`。)☆ヾ( ' & '*)ヾ(@⌒ー⌒@)ノ( ・ω・)ノ\( ̄O ̄)~ヾ(^∇^)
    (o´ω`o)ノ(/・0・)(。・ω・)ノ゙(ノ^∇^)(*^・ェ・)ノ(* ̄O ̄)ノ( ̄∠  ̄ )ノ
    (。-ω-)ノ\(-o- )(。・д・)ノ゙\(-_- )(。´∀`)ノ\(°o°;)( ・_・)ノ
    (。^_・)ノ\( ・_・)ヾ(☆▽☆)(^ Q ^)/゛ヘ('◇'、)/( ゜ρ゜)ノ~(^◇^)/
    ANGRY & IRKED------
    (>_< )(*≧m≦*)ヽ(o`皿′o)ノ(>д<)o(>< )o(;≧皿≦)[○・`Д´・○]
    ヽ(#`Д´)ノ(/゚Д゚)/(¬д¬。)ヽ(#`Д´)ノ(¬、¬)(;¬_¬)(;¬д¬)
    (≧σ≦)o(-`д´- 。)ヽ(●-`Д´-)ノ(* ̄m ̄)(´Д`)(; ̄Д ̄)(#`д´)ノ
    (」゜ロ゜)」Σ(▼□▼メ)(〝▼皿▼)(▼皿▼#)ヽ( `0´)ノ(︶︹︺)(≧0≦)
    (。>。<。)【>< 。】(━┳━◇━┳━)(┳◇┳)\(@O@)/(≧▼≦;)\(〇O〇)/
    s(・`ヘ´・; )ゞ(▼へ▼メ)\(`O´θ/(▼皿▼#)凸(-0-メ)凸(`0´)凸-`д´-
    APOLOGIZING------
    m(_ _)m< (_ _)>m(._.)m(ノ´д`)<(。_。)>(シ_ _)シm(_ _;;m
    CONFUSED------
    (´・_・`)(◎_◎; )(◎-◎;)(`_´)ゞ( ̄(エ) ̄)ゞ(・_・ヾ(-_-)ゞ゛
    【・_・?】【・ヘ・?】「(゚ペ)( ・◇・)?「(°ヘ°)(゜-゜)( ?´_ゝ`)
    o(´^`)o(゜。゜)(。ヘ°)(•ิ_•ิ)?ヽ(゜Q。)ノ?く(^_・)ゝ(」゚ペ)」
    (^~^; )ゞ〈(゜。゜)ヽ(゜Q。)ノ?( ・◇・)?(´−`) ンーヾ(´・ ・`。)ノ"(´`; ) ?
    EVIL & CRAFTY------
    ψ(`∇´)ψ(メ`ロ´)/(`ー´)(・`ω´・)(。・`ω´・。)(`Д´*)Ψ(`◇´)Ψ
    (=`〜´=)| `Д´|ψ(*`ー´)ψ)o(`ω´*)o(`ε´)(`ー´)ψ(*`ー´)ψ)Ψ(`◇´)Ψ
    | `Д´|(σ-`д・´)(`∀´)Ψ“ψ(`∇´)ψΨ(`▽´)Ψ^(#`∀´)_Ψ(ц`ω´ц*)
    LOVE & KISSES------
    (´∀`)♡(。・ω・。)ノ♡(*´▽`*)(_´ω`)(o⌒.⌒o)♥(ノ´∀`)(ღ˘⌣˘ღ)
    (*°∀°)=3('∀'●)♡♡o。.(✿ฺ。 ✿ฺ)ヽ(愛´∀`愛)ノ(人´∀`*)(●´∀`)ノ♡(´ ▽`).。o♡
    (●♡∀♡)(。'▽'。)♡♡^▽^♡(´ω`♡%)(´ε` )♡|°з°||( ̄3 ̄)|
    ( ̄ε ̄@)(○゜ε^○)(☆´3`)('ε')(*^3^)(_ε_)~(^з^)-☆
    (´ε`*)(○´3`)ノ(-ε- )(* ̄з ̄)(TεT)(@ーεー@)ლ(|||⌒εー|||)ლ
    SAD & CRYING & IN PAIN------
    ( p_q)(。┰ω┰。)(ㄒoㄒ)(´_`)╥﹏╥p(´⌒`。q)( ≧Д≦)
    ヽ(●゚´Д`゚●)ノ゚(个_个)。゜(`Д´)゜。o(;△;)o((´д`)).・゜゜・(/。\)・゜゜・.(; ̄д ̄)
    ((o(;△; )o)){{p´Д`q}}(/□\*)・゜⊙︿⊙╥﹏╥o(╥﹏╥)o(;*△*; )
    ☆ ̄(>。☆(。_+)\/(x~x)\/(*ι*)ヾ~(>_< 。)\)(ノ>< )ノヘ(。□°)ヘ
    SCARED & SHOCKED & SURPRISED------
    (/.\)(/_\)(/。\)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノ(ノдヽ)(∑(O_O;)( ̄□ ̄;)
    \(>o< )/(゜◇゜)Σ(゜ロ゜; )(」゜ロ゜)」(*゚ロ゚)((((;゜Д゜)))( ꒪Д꒪)ノ
    (ノ゚0゚)ノ~(((( ;°Д°))))Σ(゜゜)⊙0⊙w(°o°)w(○o○)щ(゜ロ゜щ)
    SHY & BASHFUL & ASHAMED------
    (@´_`@)(⌒_⌒; )(*/∇\*)(#^.^#)(^^ゞ(^_^; )(^^; )
    (*^^*)(〃 ̄ω ̄〃ゞ(*´∀`*)('-'*)(*´ェ`*)(#`ε´#ゞ(*ノ▽ノ)
    (。-_-。)((*ノωノ)(*´∀`*)(*´_ゝ`)(/。\)(/ω\)(#/。\#)
    SLEEPY & TIRED------
    (-_-) zzz(。-ω-)zzz(∪。∪)。。。zzz(´〜`*) zzz∑( ̄□ ̄)[(--)]zzzヾ( ̄0 ̄; )ノ
    \(´O`)/(*´ο`*)\(o ̄∇ ̄o)/(;´ρ`)ε-(´・`)ヾ( ̄□ ̄; )ノ(-ェ-)。o
    (´~`)Σ( ̄。 ̄ノ)ノヾ(。 ̄□ ̄)ツヾ(。 ̄□ ̄)ツ()´д`()(;≧皿≦)(´□`川)
    SMUG & GLOATING------
    ( ̄^ ̄)( ̄へ ̄)( ̄ェ ̄; )( ̄~ ̄;)ー( ̄~ ̄)ξ(`へ´*)ノ(-、-)
    WORRIED------
    ( ;´Д`)(; ̄ェ ̄)( ´△`)⊙﹏⊙ミ●﹏☉ミ(-'๏_๏'-)(⊙...⊙ )
    ヽ( ̄д ̄; )ノ( ̄◇ ̄; )(−_−;)(~_~; )ヽ( ̄д ̄; )ノ(°o°;)ヽ(゜ロ゜;)ノ
    WINKING------
    (^_-)(^_−)☆(^_-)(^_−)(-o⌒)(^_・)(⌒.−)=★
    (○゜ε^○)(^_-)≡★(^_-)๏[-ิ_•ิ]๏☆~(ゝ。∂)\(^0^)/\(^_^)/
    LIFELESS & DEFEATED------
    (+_+)(×_×;)(*0*; )(×_×#(*_*)(x_x;)ヾ(×× ) ツ
    (#+_+)(Ω_Ω)\(--)/\(-_______-; )//(;-_-)((-_-))ヘ( ̄  ̄;ヘ)
    ~(>_< 。)\(ノ ̄д ̄)ノ(◎ー◎;)(ー△ー;)(o_ _)oヘ(_ _ヘ)(/ _ ; )
    (;*´Д`)ノ(;-_-)/)(~~~)( -。-)(;-_-)ノヘ(´o`)ヘ(一。一;;)
    Keitai emoticons

    Japanese mobile phone providers offer a wide range of emoticons and graphical images on their devices. iPhone emoji use the same character codes as Softbank emoji but are slightly modified with an iPhone replacing the generic clamshell mobile and no emoji animation.

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    Apple offers 468 pictographs on iPhone, iTouch and iPad.

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  1. Guest
    Love the list! I really prefer to use those japanese emoji rather than the pictographs

    SakuraFujiko
  2. Guest
    (= ̄ ρ ̄=)
    скажите пож-та, что обозначает этот смайл?

    Veronique
    1. thomas
      Veronique, please use English.
  3. Guest
    Hello, I would like to know what the Japanese symbols mean in the iPhone emoji of Apple… Is there someone who know?

    Cyriaque
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    2. thomas
      ココ (koko) = here
      サ (サービス) = service
      指 = designated (e.g. seat)
      空 【から】 = empty or vacant sign
      満 【まん】 = full or occupied sign
      合 【ごう】 = actually a counter for containers
      禁 【きん】 = prohibited
      得 【とく】 = profit, gain, advantage; campaign or discount
      割 【わり】 = discount
      営 【えい】 = manage a business, i.e. business hours, “in business”
      有 【う】 = existence, i.e. available, in stock, pay
      無 【ぶ】 = non-existence, i.e. unavailable, out of stock, free
      月 【がつ】 = month
      申 【しん】 = application
    3. Guest
      Thank you very much ! \(^ ^)/

      Cyriaque
    4. Guest
      The artwork contains Japanese text on the inside that translates to mean “Well Done” or “You did very well”. This is used by teachers in Japan as a stamp on school work that is of a high standard, often accompanied by a score written in red.

      Peter
  4. Guest
    Really useful and.. interesting… Ty for awesome emojis that we cant do.

    Still .. copy-paste ~<3

    Istanbul
  5. Guest
    Thanks! Now I know how twofacedlover56 does it….except she’s actually Japanese.

    WeekenderGirl
  6. Guest
    Yay! Emoji! (★^O^★)

    Alekzandra
  7. Guest
    (◎-◎) without these emoji’s ones message is emotionless.

    aobooty
  8. Guest
    Thank you very much! But I still have got one question~ What does this emoticon mean? (*^﹏^*)

    just me :)
    1. thomas
      I guess this one’s slightly embarrased and blushing. (v^_^)v
  9. Guest
    THIS IS AWESOME!! ( ゚▽゚)/

    No Name available :)
  10. Guest
    Thanks for all the cute emoticons.

    Stephanie