What are Japanese Emoticons?

Kaomoji Emoticons

Kaomoji are probably what you think of when you think of Japanese emoticons. These are text based emoticons made out of a wide variety of different 2-byte characters. Kaomoji means “Facemark” in Japanese.

Emoji Emoticons

Emoji are small image emoticons that were invented in Japan for use with cellphones. The word Emoji means “Picture Letter” in Japanese. Emoji are built into a bunch of different cell phones and are standardized across devices.

Source: About JapaneseEmoticons.net

I like having a real phrase for the text versus graphic image emoticons. I still think of emoticons as the basic keyboard text, ASCII style. I guess they could be known as ASCII emoticons.

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How Do you Make Emoticons and Text ASCII Smileys?

Emoticons, are also known as smileys/ smilies. Emoticons are used to show or explain emotion in the context of your writing. They are a great way to use text, and show emotion, in an otherwise flat email. Emoticons can make communication clear when you are teasing versus being serious. I’ve also used them to make sure someone understands what I have written was not meant to be taken overly seriously when I am sending a message about something important.

Making emoticons is as simple as typing on your keyboard. Look down there at your fingers, find the characters, press and release. Creating emoticons  is simple, once you know which emoticon means which emotion.

Some emoticons, like the basic smile face, have developed several different versions over the years. Some have a nose and some are shortened to a two character smiley, no nose included. (The nose has become optional).

ASCII Art – Scoop.it

Using Emoticons for Online Chat

Online chat uses text emoticons and turns them into image files/ graphics. Often people are not actually talking about making emoticons, but these graphics when they ask about how to make emoticons.

Based on the original text emoticons these images are displayed as image files. Each chat (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) uses different emoticons and graphics. However, the basic smiley is still a smiley.

Sources for More Text-Based Emoticons


🙂 Smiley face

🙁 Frown face

B-) Cool

|-O Yawn

😀 Laughing

=D Laughing out loud

:-/ Perplexed

:-& Tongue tied

:-J Tongue in cheek

:-” Whistling

:-O Eek

:`( Crying face

>-( Annoyed

X-( Angry

:-> Grin

X-P Joking

😐 Neutral

:-* Kiss

😛 Sticking out tongue

😉 Winking

=) Happy face

%-) Confused

:-} Embarrassed

😯 Shocked

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