emoji emoticons


Emoticons (emoji 絵文字)

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emoji 絵文字

emoticon = emotion + icon

These pictograms are used to make short statements in email.
The Japanese ones are quite sophisticated.

It seems we are back to the old Chinese kanji, which also represent some items as pictures.

Some girls spent hours to combine an email for their many friends.

NTT emoticons

On the bottom lines you can see beer mug, coctail, sake flask, fork and knife, hamburger, o-nigiri, hot cup of tea, bread, cake and an apple.

Here are the more picturesques of iPhone

Even spagetti, a plate of curry rice, a bento box, two pieces of sushi, yakitori sticks, water melon, eggplants and ramen soup is shown, for a quick invite of your boyfriend for dinner.

food emoji from WILLCOM

food emoji from W-ZERO

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Emoji (絵文字)
is the Japanese term for the picture characters or emoticons used in Japanese wireless messages and webpages. Originally meaning pictograph, the word literally means e "picture" + moji "letter". The characters are used much like emoticons elsewhere, but a wider range is provided, and the icons are standardized and built into the handsets. Some emoji are very specific to Japanese culture, such as a bowing (apologizing) businessman, a face wearing a face mask or
a group of emoji representing popular foods (ramen noodles, dango, onigiri, Japanese curry, sushi).
The three main Japanese operators, NTT DoCoMo, au and SoftBank Mobile (formerly Vodafone), have each defined their own variants of emoji.

Although typically only available in Japan, due to the nature of software development, the characters and code in order to use emoji is often physically present in phones, and some phones, including the Apple iPhone, allow access to the symbols outside Japanese carriers. They have also started appearing in emailing services such as Gmail (accessed via Google Labs).
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Some emoji with a Daruma face !


snowman Daruma and his emoji だるま 絵文字
They are often used for the weather report

- reference source : acetaminophen.hatenablog.com/entry -

. yukidaruma ゆきだるま / 雪達磨 snowman Daruma .


NTT gifts MoMA original set of 176 emojis
October 2016

Back in the day, before cars could drive themselves and phones could send stickers and animations, a Japanese phone company released a set of 176 emojis.

The year was 1999 and the tiny 12-by-12 pixel designs — smiley faces, hearts of the intact and broken variety, cats, and so on — were mainly popular in Japan. In 2010, Unicode Consortium, which now controls emoji standards, translated the emoji into the Unicode standard, which means that a person in France, for example, can send an emoji to a person in the U.S. and it will look the same.

New York’s Museum of Modern Art says it has acquired original set of 176 emojis. They were a gift to the museum from the phone company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone.
- source : Japan Times -

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

Emoji in the Edo period !

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. dajare 駄洒落 fun with pun in Edo .


they communicate
with little pictograms -
new spring love

Gabi Greve

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Some emoji do not "translate" into other computers.
Many of the American versions show up on my Japanese monitor as a small black box with GIF inside.
So now we need an "image translator" . . .


- #emoji #emoticon -

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