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“Kaomoji” Cute Japanese Emoticons

 2016/02/16 Japanese Culture   2 Views

 

Contents

  1. Characteristics of Japanese emoticons
  2. How many Japanese emoticons are there?
  3. Some examples of Japanese emoticons
  4. Summary
Kaomoji is a popular Japanese emoticon style made up of Japanese characters and grammar punctuations, and are used to express emotion in texting and cyber communication. The word kaomoji is also synonymous to be referred to as Japanese emoticons. This concept is formed by the combination of two words in Kanji, “kao” (顔 – “face”) and “moji” (文字 – “character”).

 
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Japanese are very emotional and creative. Therefore, in Japan emoticons are more popular than any other countries in the world.


Characteristics of Japanese emoticons

Japanese believe that eyes are the mirror of a human soul. Therefore, unlike Western emoticons where most attention is paid to mouth, in Japanese emoticons the most important part are eyes. In addition, kaomoji are so popular because you don’t have to read them sideways.

Many Japanese are good at drawing because Japanese is the language of drawings. Anime and manga are vivid examples of how closely the authors manage to convey a variety of emotions just by a set of a few simple lines.

In the beginning of internet and instant messaging – lack of face-to-face talk resulted in mistakenly taking parodies and humorous jokes the wrong way. Kaomoji is a result of manga and anime fans who wanted to correct those mistakes, avoid awkward writing situations, and express words more creatively.

How many Japanese emoticons are there?

Japanese emoticons are extremely diverse. Some of Internet sources state the number of 10000 but, in fact, there are much more of them. Such diversity may be explained by at least two factors. One is that unlike Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, which are usually written in single-byte character sets, Japanese writing requires a minimum of double-byte sets with a wider scope of characters. Another is that kaomoji can express not only individual emotions, but also complex actions, objects, and even whole stories.

Japanese emoticons are divided into categories based on emotional component of a form, action or object. These emoticons can also use some special characters for additional connotation.

you can find an interesting collection of kawaii (cute) Japanese emoticons compiled from various (mostly Japanese) internet sources below.

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Some examples of Japanese emoticons

Joy

If you want to create joyful, happy or laughing Japanese emoticons use high up eyes. (*^ω^) (≧◡≦) (*¯︶¯*)

Love

Love and kissing Japanese emoticons often use character ♡ or its combination.

(ノ´з`)ノ (♡゚▽゚♡) ( ˘⌣˘)♡(˘⌣˘ )

Embarrassment

To show embarrassment, you can use ; character (something like a drop of sweat on a face)

(⌒_⌒;) (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄)

Anger

The secret of angry or evil emoticons is in their eyes.

(#`Д´) ヽ( `д´*)ノ ٩(ఠ益ఠ)۶

There are so many!  Others express dissatisfaction, sympathy, sorrow, confusion, surprise and so on.

Summary



Kaomoji is a popular Japanese emoticon style made up of Japanese characters and grammar punctuations, and are used to express emotion in texting and cyber communication.

Japanese believe that eyes are the mirror of a human soul. Therefore, unlike Western emoticons where most attention is paid to mouth, in Japanese emoticons the most important part are eyes.

Japanese emoticons are extremely diverse. Some of Internet sources state the number of 10000 but, in fact, there are much more of them.

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