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Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text 2

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As social media has become widespread, emoticons have played a significant role in communication through technology. They offer another range of “tone” and feeling through texting that portrays specific emotions through facial gestures while in the midst of text-based cyber communication. Japanese then created their own versions of emoticons in such a way that you don’t have to tilt your head or the screen to understand it. These are called kaomoji (顔文字).

Japanese are very emotional and creative nation. Therefore in Japan, emoticons are popular as nowhere in the world. Below are some of the widely-used kaomojis.

Kaomoji Positive Emotions

Happy/Joy

A happy kaomoji uses high-up eyes like these characters: ^,  ̄, ´ and `. For the mouth, many use the symbol for omega (ω) for they look cute, just like using the number 3 in the emoticon :3.  ∀, ▽ and other characters resembling a smile are also used.

(*^ω^) (´∀`*) (-‿‿-) ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆
(o^▽^o) (⌒▽⌒)☆ <( ̄︶ ̄)> 。.:☆*:・'(*⌒―⌒*)))
ヽ(・∀・)ノ (´。• ω •。`) ( ̄ω ̄) `;:゛;`;・(゜ε゜ )
(o・ω・o) (@^-^) ヽ(*・ω・)ノ (o_ _)ノ彡☆
(^人^) (o´▽`o) (*´▽`*) 。゚( ゚^∀^゚)゚。
(´ω`) (☆▽☆) (≧◡≦) (o´∀`o)
(´• ω •`) (^▽^) (⌒ω⌒) ∑d(゚∀゚d)
╰(▔∀▔)╯ (─‿‿─) (*^‿^*) ヽ(o^―^o)ノ
(✯◡✯) (◕‿◕) (*≧ω≦*) (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))
(⌒‿⌒) \(≧▽≦)/ ⌒(o^▽^o)ノ ☆ ~(‘▽^人)
(*゚▽゚*) (✧∀✧) (✧ω✧) ヽ(*⌒▽⌒*)ノ
(´。• ᵕ •。`) ( ´ ▽ ` ) ( ̄▽ ̄) ╰(*´︶`*)╯
ヽ(>∀<☆)ノ o(≧▽≦)o (☆ω☆) (っ˘ω˘ς )
\( ̄▽ ̄)/ (*¯︶¯*) \(^▽^)/ ٩(◕‿◕)۶
(o˘◡˘o)

Love

Kaomojis expressing love or a kiss often use the heart character (♡).  For pouted lips, *, o, and ε are also used.

(ノ´з`)ノ (♡μ_μ) (*^^*)♡ ☆⌒ヽ(*’、^*)chu
(♡-_-♡) ( ̄ε ̄@) ヽ(♡‿♡)ノ ( ´∀`)ノ~ ♡
(─‿‿─)♡ (´。• ᵕ •。`) ♡ (*♡∀♡) (。・//ε//・。)
(´ω`♡) ( ◡‿◡ ♡) (◕‿◕)♡ (/▽\*)。o○♡
(ღ˘⌣˘ღ) (♡゚▽゚♡) ♡(。-ω-) ♡ ~(‘▽^人)
(´• ω •`) ♡ (´ε` )♡ (´。• ω •。`) ♡ ( ´ ▽ ` ).。o♡
╰(*´︶`*)╯♡ (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡ (♡˙︶˙♡) ♡\( ̄▽ ̄)/♡
(≧◡≦) ♡ (⌒▽⌒)♡ (*¯ ³¯*)♡ (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ ) ♡
♡ (˘▽˘>ԅ( ˘⌣˘) ( ˘⌣˘)♡(˘⌣˘ ) (/^-^(^ ^*)/ ♡

Blushing/Embarassment

To show embarrassment, ; is used to show sweat on face. * can also be used for blush.

(⌒_⌒;) (o^ ^o) (*/ω\) (*/。\)
(*/_\) (*ノωノ) (o-_-o) (*μ_μ)
( ◡‿◡ *) (ᵔ.ᵔ) (*ノ∀`*) (//▽//)
(//ω//) (ノ*゚▽゚*) (*^.^*) (*ノ▽ノ)
( ̄▽ ̄*)ゞ (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄) (*/▽\*)

Support/Sympathy

In this kaomoji, two kaomojios are used: one of them is upset about something, and the other will calm him down.

(ノ_<。)ヾ(´▽`) 。・゚・(ノД`)ヽ( ̄ω ̄ ) ρ(-ω-、)ヾ( ̄ω ̄; )
ヽ( ̄ω ̄(。。 )ゝ (*´I`)ノ゚(ノД`゚)゚。 ヽ(~_~(・_・ )ゝ
(ノ_;)ヾ(´∀`) (;ω; )ヾ(´∀`* ) (*´ー)ノ(ノд`)
(´-ω-`( _ _ ) (っ´ω`)ノ(╥ω╥) (o・_・)ノ”(ノ_<、)

 In the next post, we will give examples of negative emotion of kaomojis.

References:

1. Kaomoji.ru

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