What is "Kaomoji"? In short, kaomoji are Japanese text emoticons.
Kaomoji (顔文字) is a distinctive Japanese style of emoticons in the digital world. Kaomoji consist of various signs and symbols available on digital devices. These are mainly kanji (漢字 - Chinese characters that are now used in modern Japanese writing) and various punctuation marks.
Kaomoji (顔 文字. 顔 - face, 文字 - symbol) has been popularized for quite some time. Around 1986 (according to wikipedia) kaomoji started their journey with the online services ASCII NET and Byte Information Exchange (BIX).
A distinctive feature of the Japanese style of character emoticons is the absence of the need to rotate the image in order to understand its meaning (as opposed to the western style).
Western-style :) Japanese-style ^_^
In reality, we don't have to literally turn our head or gadget to read Western-style emoticons.
If we try to briefly describe the structure of kaomoji, we can say that the basis for most emoticons is the face. Eyes and mouth - in most cases, these are the main facial features that convey the emotional color of one or another kaomoji.
Additional elements in the form of a nose, ears and hair are also not uncommon. The whole variety of symbols and techniques in which they are used in kaomoji, which depict rather complex feelings or actions, are especially clearly expressed.
In the form of kaomoji, you can find a large number of different characters, such as animals. All emoticons are very ingenious (considering the use of a limited number of symbols) and artistically. Many of them adopted the style of painting emotions from manga and anime. This is what became the fundamental factor in the spread of kaomoji among manga / anime online communities around the world (including Russian-speaking communities).
I would like to note that kaomoji are used in everyday life of people not only in narrowly focused communities. Text emoticons convey a wide range of emotions in a very funny, cute and even beautiful way that you just want to use.
In the early days of the Internet, text emoticons were very useful tools in conveying emotional color and complementing messages in emails and various chats. Also, the gain in popularity of the text format of emoticons was the slow speed of the Internet connection.
For the depiction of Japanese kaomoji emoticons , one pattern is mainly used, which depicts a face from a set of characters. For example:
^_^ ^ eye _ mouth
Around the simple structure of the face, further magic of conveying emotional color begins.
The eyes and mouth can be depicted in different shapes with symbols to convey a specific emotion. At this stage, the imagination and "observation" of graphic works in the form of manga or animation, in the form of anime films and TV series play an important role.
For example, not everyone at first glance will understand that kaomoji T_T depicts crying, or rather streams of tears. Also, these characters are sometimes interpreted as "not surprised" or "I'm not surprised".
Many emotions are conveyed by the eyes, so much attention is paid to them. There are even short kaomoji that need to be perceived as eyes and transmitted emotion.
A different image of the mouth or even nose conveys the emotional color very well. For example, in the form of a point, you can depict a cute, small, neat mouth - (^. ^)
Additional symbols betray clearer emotions characteristic of a certain physical state of the body. For example, in this kaomoji (-_-;), a semicolon is used to denote nervousness, anxiety and depression (visually depicting a drop of sweat protruding on the forehead). As noted above, many techniques for depicting emotions have moved to the digital world of correspondence from graphic novels.
Many modern devices support Unicode encoding (includes all characters of almost all written languages of the world, including Cyrillic), which allows you to transfer digital characters and characters without distorting them (for example, on another operating system).
Thus, the number of possible kaomoji became almost endless. You can depict any emotions and actions with a fairly large number of characters available in Unicode and they will also be displayed on other devices (if they support this encoding).
This collection contains Japanese emoticons (kaomoji) of the following categories:
Various symbols for the eyes are used to depict anger, which emphasize this emotion as much as possible. Also, the addition of wrinkles and various additional elements is used as an exaggeration of anger (for example, a symbol imitating an angry grin 皿 or 凸 imitating a middle finger).
Traditionally, Japanese apologies are performed with a bow. Therefore, the apologetic Japanese emoticons are depicted as lowered eyes. It is also worth noting that kaomoji allows you to depict the bow itself.
A few techniques are used to depict a bear. The most common are the images of ears ʕ мор and muzzles (ｴ).
Images of birds in kaomoji are based on the outline of the beak in the form of symbols Θ or θ
One of the most popular animals is cats. In Japanese culture, and respectively in anime and manga, you can find a huge number of different variations in the use of attributes inherent in cats. Thus, the cat's antennae, ears and tails are the most visible elements of kaomoji. Also note that in Japan, the sound pronounced by cats (meow, nyakan) is written as nyā (に ゃ ー).
It is the feeling of confusion that requires the image of empty eyes. The blank eye effect in kaomoji is achieved by using dots (・ ・). Other techniques are also used, such as propping up the head with the hand, spreading the arms, and other effects around the kaomoji.
Such unpleasant emotions are easily expressed with a sullen or wrinkled face. The most popular and simplest symbols for this are (> <), which depict eyes closed with force. Many of the depictions were transferred to kaomoji from the manga. You can verify this by looking at the emoticons in this category.
A certain technique is used to depict a dog's face. The boundaries of the muzzle are outlined only by the ears. In this form, we get distinct ears and a cute face.
To depict doubt, it is worth using all the power of the eyes, namely, to depict something like this look - (￢ ￢).
The embarrassment text emoji is pretty simple and most often uses the 'o' and '*' characters to simulate a blush on the face. Sometimes you can find the symbol ';', which depicts a drop of sweat on the face during embarrassment. The closed face of embarrassment is also often used to depict embarrassment for one reason or another.
Funny warring kaomoji are portrayed quite cute. These emoticons do not convey negativity, but only show exaggerated emotions and actions in the style of manga and anime.
Human faces are most often depicted with brackets that outline the oval of the face. In most cases, they are fairly simple and can be easily produced by yourself in any desired combination of eyes, nose, mouth and ears.
Depicting fear and fear, we can use the kaomoji hands covering our eyes. For a more vivid emotion, symbols are used that imitate waving hands or running from something (an object that frightened).
When depicting fish, symbols are used that resemble fins and gills. These are mainly arrows and stripes.
Food is an integral part of every person's life. Unsurprisingly, food text emoticons have also made their way into people's digital lives. Kaomoji depicting coffee or tea are as popular as the drinks themselves. To give the effect of a hot state of the drink, you can add wavy lines depicting steam.
Friendship kaomoji are basically a combination of several kaomoji holding hands or otherwise communicating (for example, patting on the shoulder or laughing together).
Games are part of the lives of many modern people. This applies not only to online games, but also to offline sports games (e.g. volleyball, football, basketball, hockey, boxing, etc.)
For greetings and goodbyes, kaomoji almost always wave their hands. A wave of the hand can be depicted with a slash or any other symbol that next to the head will resemble a hand.
To depict hide and seek or avoid something, a technique is used where kaomoji looks out from behind a wall. Thus, a desire is depicted to run away, hide, but at the same time find out what is happening.
Hands are used to depict hugs. Often two kaomoji are used for this, which are drawn to each other.
To show indifference or lack of any reaction to something, we can use Japanese emoticons depicting a direct gaze (indifferent eyes are drawn using horizontal stripes). Sometimes for emotional coloring, the corresponding hand positions are depicted.
Japanese joy emoticons include a wide range of emotions, namely different kinds of smiles, laughter, delight, and pleasure. Kaomoji depicting joy are as cute as possible and use a large number of special characters that increase this effect. In addition to different variations of symbols on a character's face, there can be various elements around him that give pomp. These elements can be asterisks, hand waves, tears of joy, and the like.
One of the most popular and important emotions in Japanese emoticons is love. Most often, you can find the heart symbol (♡) in this category of kaomoji. Emoticons in love can be not only simple (for example, eyes in love, lips with a bow (ε)), but also very complex in terms of design.Kaomoji depicting love can include text (for example, sets of letters 'chu' associated with the sound of a kiss), as well as different actions (blowing kisses, hugging). fall under the category of love emoji.
To depict a lying person in text format, mainly lines are used, which are used as arms and legs. The lying position is necessarily formed around a very cute little face.
The presence of a wide variety of characters in Unicode allows you to draw kaomoji with various magical effects (rays of magic, stars, sparks, and others).
This category contains kaomoji that did not fall into other categories, but it is worth noting that very cool and popular text emoticons are listed here.
Musical kaomoji are very diverse. They convey not only the process of listening to music, but also depict various aspects of life associated with it (karaoke, singing, dancing, etc.).
A very popular kaomoji that shouldn't be taken literally. It is used in most cases to visualize an exaggeration of an action. For example, you can express to them that the hard work was done and you did it at your maximum (to the point of bleeding from your nose). More options for using this kaomoji can tell us Japanese graphic novels.
Blinking eyes (> <) are usually used to depict pain. To enhance the effect, various elements around the kaomoji (stunning effects or objects that caused this pain) can be used.
To depict a pig's patch in a text emoticon, you need to use two circles surrounded by brackets - (00), (ω), (oo).
For the image of a rabbit, the symbol 'x' in the form of a muzzle is used, as well as various kinds of vertical and oblique lines for the image of ears.
To depict running text emoticons, symbols depicting the process of fast movement are used. For this, symbols with lines are most often used, which depict wind streams carried behind a running emoticon.
Sad kaomoji are depicted using symbols that mimic tears, tear-stained eyes, or even hands covering the eyes.
Snoring symbols 'zzZ' are most often used to depict a sleeping kaomoji. Also, do not forget to close his eyes. You can also use square brackets around the kaomoji's head, as if enclosing.
Surprised and shocked kaomoji are depicted with rounded eyes or mouth (or eyes and mouth together). Sometimes, to add artistic contrast, the mouth is intentionally drawn very small and the eyes are rounded.
Empathy emojis are most often composed of two objects, one of which empathizes with the other. For such designs, kaomoji are used to express sadness, and the comforting kaomoji use their hands to represent stroking or patting on the shoulder.
For the depiction of various weapons (text emoticons of rifles, machine guns, pistols, etc.), symbols are used that repeat the outlines of these objects. Weapon text emoticons have gained the most popularity in online shooters. For example, in CS: GO they are added to their nicknames.
Winking Japanese emoticons are very simple to depict. To do this, one of the eyes is depicted as closed, by any symbol that can only be associated with this gesture.
In Japanese emoticons, the φ symbol is very often used as an image of a pen. Under it, you can also depict a certain symbol that kaomoji supposedly draws.
In recent years, certain kaomoji have been gaining popularity on the net. One of the most popular is the "I don't know" text emoticon.
There are several variants of the shrug smiley on the Internet -
"¯\_(ツ)_/¯" and "¯\(°_o)/¯".
They are used most often in chats and in various kinds of memes (pictures and videos). The conveyed color of emotion often depends on the context of the correspondence.
Kaomoji "¯\(°_o)/¯" is also a graphical version of the slang phrase - "I dunno, LOL" (I don't know, lol).
Also, shrug emoticons are often used as a reaction - "well, it happens."
In runet you can see the Russian version of the shrug emoticon (shruggie) - Pozhimalkin
You can also download kaomoji as a picture (black text, transparent background, png format) with one click:
You can also download kaomoji as a picture (black text, transparent background, png format) with one click: