@hyunjin9095 on Twitter recently pointed out an awesome Easter egg with Google Translate where if you type the names of Japanese animals in you’ll see kaomoji emoticons. To trigger this Easter egg first go to translate.google.com and select from Japanese to English. Then start typing the name of a Japanese animal into the box. If you just type in Romaji (English letters) it should automatically convert the syllables to Hiragana. If that doesn’t happen then click on the button at the bottom with the Hiragana character for a: あ. Once you type the Japanese word, in this case I typed neko, the Japanese word for cat, hit the down arrow on your keyboard. This would normally give you different Kanji, Katakana and what not for the syllables you entered but in some cases, like neko, it’ll give you Japanese emoticons! There are a bunch of different animals that Google Translate will give kaomoji for: Cat: neko Dog: inu Koala: koara Snake: hebi Bird: tori Fish: sakana Some animals though like rabbit (usagi) don’t bring up any emoticons. I tried typing in some emotions too like happy (ureshii) and sad (kanashii) and it didn’t really give me anything. Typing kanashii did give me some Western emoticons like :( and :-( though… So I don’t know, it only really seems to work with animals but the word sad did give a couple other emoticons so I bet there are other words you can type in that will show other kaomoji emoticons too! It’s nice to see kaomoji emoticons getting out there in more and more places. If you find anything else hidden in Google Translate please share it in the comments.
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Valentines Day is almost here and whether you love this day or hate it there are Japanese emoticons for you. This is actually an event where we have a ton of appropriate emoticons in our Love, Kissing and Hugging categories. I’m not going to bother posting them all again here but I am going to point out my favourites. If you’re excited for Valentines day and you’re looking for some excellent kaomojis to text to your significant other, here are some of my favourites: ( ´͈ ॢꇴ `͈ॢ)･*♡ (๑ˊ͈ ॢꇴ ˋ͈)〜♡॰ॱ I love how expressive the face on both these emoticons are. (人-ω-)｡o.ﾟ｡*･♡Good Night♡･*｡ﾟo｡(-ω-人) This is a very sweet emoticon to text your significant other before you fall asleep if you’re apart. *ଘ( ॢᵕ꒶̮ᵕ(꒡ᵋ ꒡ღ)zZ‥ Here’s another sweet emoticon kissing someone who’s asleep. (づ￣ ³￣)づ This is always an excellent kissing/hugging/glomping emoticon appropriate for almost any situation. (ʃƪ ˘ ³˘) This is another really cute and sweet looking kissing emoticon. Shy emoticons also work great for Valentines Day if you like someone and you’re really shy. Now if you’re not looking forward to Valentines Day and all the commercialism and what not there are some excellent kaomoji that you can use too, especially when those couples you know post all kinds of Valentines Day nonsense on their Facebook pages. (∿°○°)∿ ︵ ǝʌol (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡︵ ǝʌol (╯°□°）╯︵ ǝʌol (╯°Д°）╯︵ ǝʌol These are all variations of the table flipping emoticon but they’re perfect if you’ve had it with “love”. ( ◜◡＾)っ✂╰⋃╯ If there’s a male you’re particularly angry with then this emoticon is quite appropriate. Any emoticon from the angry category also work perfectly when people won’t shut up about Valentines Day. There’s also actually a bunch of Valentines Day emoji as well. From left to right in the top row you have: a church for a wedding, a love hotel, some chocolate since in Japan on Valentines Day girls give chocolates to guys they like, a wrapped heart sort of gift, a guy and girl holding hands, two guys holding hands, two girls holding hands, a kiss, a couple and two bunny girls (because why not?) From left to right in the middle row you have: a guy bowing in apology because he screwed up and didn’t get a Valentines gift for his girl, several different colours of hears, a broken heart, a growing heart, a beating heart and two hearts. On the bottom row from left tonight you have: a sparkling heart, revolving hearts, a heart pierced by an arrow, a low note, a kiss/lipstick mark, an engagement ring, a diamond and a glass of wine.