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Japanese symbols smileys
Kaomoji - the Japanese symbol emojis

Would you like to find out more about Japanese smileys? Here we explain everything you need to know about it..

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In addition to the normal emoticons, other smileys are also often used. Starting with simple character combinations such as :) or>. <, Which can be written with our characters. But there are also smileys that consist of Japanese characters.

Japanese symbols smileys

The best-known smiley face from Japanese script is probably ツ - this is a tsu and looks like a smiling face. There is also a smaller version, namely ッ - also a tsu, just a small one. Tsu itself has no meaning, it is just a Japanese syllable. If you want to use these smileys once, you can copy them below:

ツ ッ

If you want to use the symbol more often for messages, you have to set your keyboard layout to Japanese. However, it is best to only do this on the smartphone and not on the computer, because there you can see the keyboard directly.

By the way: The Japanese themselves only use emoji or kaomoji in their text messages. The "Japanese smileys" listed here are only Japanese characters. In Japan these are of course not used as smileys, but as normal characters in the text. Otherwise it would be as if we Germans were using an Ü as a smiley - doable, but somehow weird..

Kaomoji - the Japanese symbol emojis

In addition to the use of Japanese characters, there is another type of Japanese smiley. A face is usually made from different symbols, such as \ (* - *) / - this is supposed to show that someone is very enthusiastic about pulling up their arms. These Kaomoji are often supposed to convey a feeling as precisely as possible. The big advantage of the Japanese emoticons is that they can be used in a variety of ways and are easy to recognize. In contrast to ツ above, they can also be used with a perfectly normal European keyboard layout. Kaomoji is made up of the two words "kao" (German face) and "moji" (German characters). A picture, mostly a face, is painted with the characters used - or much more is written.

The number of kaomoji is almost endless. Of course, you can also think of some yourself. Let yourself be inspired by our small list:

  • Enthusiasm - (⌒‿⌒ ☆)
  • Glitter for everyone! - ° ˖✧◝ (⁰▿⁰) ◜✧˖ °
  • Kitten - (= ^ ・ ω ・ ^ =)
  • Googly eyes - (◕‿◕)
  • Lenny Face - (͡ ° ͜ʖ ͡ °)
  • Table flip - (╯ ° □ °) ╯ ┻━━┻
  • Anger - (ノ ಥ 益 ಥ) ノ
  • Confusion - \ (〇_o) /

By the way: The term "emoji" goes back to the Japanese. They could not pronounce the English terms like "emoticon" or the like correctly, so that they then integrated them into their language as "emoji".


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