If you’re looking for fun and weird look no further than Japan. Ever. They have both markets covered. So it makes sense that their emoticons are even more fun than ours.
For those of you unfamiliar with what an emoticon is, it’s this :) or this :( If you look at these things sideways you can see that they represent a smiling face or a frowning face. If you want to get incredibly advanced you can also do the winking face ;)
For some reason, in North America when we type out our emoticons we’ve taken to making them so you have look at them sideways. Not so in Japan. Japanese text emoticons are ready to read straight on. No need to turn your phone, your head or your eyeballs sideways. Which in Japan is especially important. One tip of your head and you could become disoriented, stumble a bit and smash head first into a Japanese hipster dressed up as a Hello Kitty Storm Trooper.
A lot of their emoticons are based on the Japanese keyboard, but there are a few that work with a regular North American keyboard. So if you’re feeling like you can’t quite express yourself properly with actual words in that text or tweet, take a look at some of these Japanese emoticons.
I know. I thought it was bizarre they had a John Lennon emoticon too. When exactly would you need to use that?
“Hey honey. Could you pick up some of those things (°J°) sang about? The things in the fields? And get some of those things that guy sang about as well. The things on the hill. It’s where he found his thrill. Oh GOD … what is his NAME … crap … crap … CRAP … if I ONLY had an emoticon for it.”
Think these are fun? Wait’ll you see the ones I have for you next week. Japanese don’t have the entire fun/weird market covered … I’ve got a bit of weird in me myself.