Hello everyone, I am long overdue for a kawaii blog post!! I have been writing a lot about Japan recently but nothing overly cute, so today I bring you something that is not only very popular in Japan, but very popular with those who love Japan and their cute way of doing things!! Today I will be discussing Japanese Kaomoji!!
What is Kaomoji?
So we all knew about emoji or emoticons long before the latest updates on our phones provided us with a separate keyboard that enables us to send a number of mini ‘stickers’ to our friends – they looked something like this ;P. Kaomoji, aka Japanese emoticons, were created to be cuter and a more creative way to express one’s emotions with the upside of not having to read them sideways. I agree that they are much cuter and funnier than the boring side-on emoticons, and they are so detailed that you can create mini stories with them!
These days people read far too much into text messages (myself included); if someone doesn’t put a ‘x’ on the end, fails to put a smiley or uses correct punctuation, then we assume that the other party is angry/annoyed/bothered. If they put lots of ‘!!!’, ‘xxx’, ‘:P’ or ‘♥’ then we assume they are happy! Everyone knows to some degree if there is a change of mood in someone they speak to often by observing the way that they text but with the majority of communication being through some form of written text these days, more often than not we badly judge the emotion behind a text and can easily get anxious, offended or hurt by overthinking and wondering if there is a hidden agenda behind messages; sarcasm and jokes are even harder to read over text, so Kaomoji was created to combat misunderstandings by making texting more fun and expressive.
There are more than 10,000 types of Kaomoji with more and more being created every day! The new iPhone update has included an extension for the emoji keyboard, so you can be more creative with your emotions with easy access to the keyboard at your fingertips, AND there is a unicorn emoji too!! However creating Kaomoji on your phone can be difficult if you don’t have a Japanese keyboard set up, but you can download apps where you can just copy and paste them into your texts!
However this is too time consuming for me regardless of how cute they are, so I prefer to use Kaomoji whilst typing and blogging on the computer! You may have already seen me use some in my blog posts – T_T, ¬_¬, =_=, -_-;, O_O, ^_^, *^o^*. They are much, much cuter and liven up my blog posts just that little bit more! Anyway, let’s take a look at some of my favourite Kaomoji’s!
☆*:.｡.o(≧▽≦)o.｡.:*☆ (*´▽`*) (≧◡≦) (*^‿^*) (⌒‿⌒)
( ◡‿◡ ♡) (♡˙︶˙♡) (≧◡≦) ♡ (*˘︶˘*).｡.:*♡ (⌒▽⌒)♡
(」゜ロ゜)」 (＞﹏＜) 凸(￣ヘ￣)
凸(｀ﾛ´)凸 (ノ°益°)ノ (҂｀ﾛ´)凸 (凸ಠ益ಠ)凸 (＃`Д´)
。゜゜(´Ｏ｀)°゜。 ｡･ﾟﾟ*(>д<)*ﾟﾟ･｡ (╥_╥)
Σ(°△°|||)︴ ＼(º □ º l|l)/ 〣( ºΔº )〣
Σ(ﾟロﾟ) (ﾟロﾟ) ! ヽ(ﾟ〇ﾟ)ﾉ
ヾ(*’▽’*) ( ´ ▽ ` )ﾉ (*ﾟｰﾟ)ﾉ (o´▽`o)ﾉ
(^_~) (^_<)〜☆ ☆⌒(≧▽° ) (^_-)≡☆
─=≡Σ((( つ＞＜)つ ε=ε=┌( >_<)┘ 。。。ミヽ(。＞＜)ノ
(=^･ｪ･^=) (=^‥^=) (=⌒‿‿⌒=) (=^ ◡ ^=)
ʕ ᵔᴥᵔ ʔ ʕ •ᴥ• ʔ
ヽ( ⌒o⌒)人(⌒-⌒ )ﾉ ヽ(≧◡≦)八(o^ ^o)ノ
ヽ(o´∀`)ﾉ♪♬ (￣▽￣)/♫•*¨*•.¸¸♪ ٩(ˊ〇ˋ*)و (╯°益°)╯彡┻━┻
(ಠ_ಠ) ( ˘▽˘)っ♨
Well that’s all for this post; hope you enjoyed learning about Kaomoji, and I hope you enjoy brightening up your texts! Until next time! ヾ(*’▽’*) ~♥