The latest version of our iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app was approved late last night and is now available for download in the iTunes app store! This new version features a brand new design for iOS7 plus all the emoticons currently on this site are now in the app. In total we added about 1,500 new emoticons and 23 new categories to the app. We also fixed a few bugs so the app should run a lot smoother now. So if you haven’t downloaded the app yet head on over to the iTunes store and download it now! One word of warning to the people who are updating though, we had to completely redo the database of emoticons so when you update you will lose everything that’s currently saved in your favourites menu. Because of the fixes we made to the app though, this won’t happen again in future updates and we’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
The holidays are pretty much here so here’s a list of Christmas themed Japanese emoticons, both kaomoji and emoji! Not all of these Christmas kaomoji emoticons have been officially added to the site but they’ll be up on the holiday page soon.
Next here’s a bunch of people, couples and even a dinosaur in the snow:
Here is a series of kaomoji giving Christmas gifts:
And here are some nice peaceful winter or Christmas scenes, decorations and words:
And if you want to go outside and play in the snow after opening your presents on Christmas morning then here are some kaomoji emoticons throwing snowballs:
Kaomoji EmoticonsFirst up, a bunch of kaomoji snowmen:
|꜂₍⁽ˆ⁰ˆ⁾₎꜄||☃||⁄⁄ ⁄‹₍⁽⁰⁻⁰⁺⁾₎◟⁄⁄ ⁄⁄⁄|
|(ㆆᴗㆆ)*✲ﾟ*｡⋆||⋆͛*͛ ͙͛ ⁑͛⋆͛*͛ ͙͛(๑•﹏•)⋆͛*͛ ͙͛ ⁑͛⋆͛*͛ ͙͛||❄∘⁖⁎⋆ᶿ̴̤᷇ ˒̫ ᶿ̴̤᷆⋆ᶿ̤᷇ ˓̫ ᶿ̤᷆⋆✶⁎∘❄|
|* . ` ✧*♡ᑕू∙ો ੍✧ ✶ * .||*ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭* ੈ✩‧₊˚||｡*ﾟ✲*☆(๑òᆺó๑)｡*ﾟ✲*☆|
|(◞ꈍ∇ꈍ)◞⋆**✚⃞ྉ||✚⃞ ⸌̷̻( ᷇ॢ〰ॢ ᷆◍)⸌̷̻|
|～ΜᎧrRγ сняᎥᎦτмᏜs*～||༶･･ᗰદ૨૨ʏ ᘓમ૨ıડτന੨ડ･･༶||✩*⋆ ⍋*☪⋆⍋⋆*✩|
Emoji EmoticonsIf you’re looking for Christmas emoji there are only really 3 of them, a santa, a Christmas tree and a snowman. For instructions on how to use emoji emoticons please see this page about emoji.
Other items, news and whatnotSo that’s it for Christmas Japanese emoticons. If anyone knows of any more kaomoji that they’d like to share please post them in the comments and I’ll get them added to the site. Have a safe and awesome holiday season everyone and watch for exciting iOS and Android app related news over the next couple of weeks!
When people talk about Japanese emoticons they usually use words like kaomoji, emoji or just Japanese emoticons to describe them but what’s the difference and what do these words mean? “Japanese Emoticons” is a pretty broad term and doesn’t really mean anything. Both kaomoji and emoji are Japanese emoticons since they’re both different types of emoticons that came from Japan.
EmojiEmoji are small 12×12 pixel pictures that are used in messages in Japan. Many Japanese phones and software have emoji built into them. They were invented in 1998 or 1999 (Wikipedia isn’t sure of the exact date… >_>) by Shigetaka Kurita. The word emoji literally means “picture letter”. Emoji have been standardized across all devices and some have even been incorporated into Unicode and can be used in places that don’t technically support emoji. Because of the Unicode standardization it’s possible to use them on iPhones or other cellphones that don’t have a Japanese carrier. You can even find emoji built into systems such as Gmail and even Apple’s Mac OSX operating system. Emoji are very Japanese, you’ll find emoticons for Japanese foods like dango, onigiri, curry or cultural things such as a traditional looking Japanese couple or a guy bowing in apology. Here’s a screenshot of all the default emoji emoticons:
KaomojiKaomoji on the other hand is probably what most people think of when they hear Japanese emoticons. Kaomoji are the emoticons created using Japanese and other 2-byte characters that English keyboards don’t easily have access to. Kaomoji literally means “face mark” and are purely made out of text characters albeit fancier text characters than we can really type with an English keyboard. The emoticons that you’ll find on this website and app are all kaomoji emoticons.
Gettin’ Crazy! ＼(☆o◎)／Now if you really want to get crazy and you’re on a device that supports both text and emoji you can combine kaomoji emoticons with emoji emoticons to make some somewhat cool looking emoticons like these: This website apparently doesn’t support emoji so I had to screenshot those emoticons… I don’t really seem to be overly creative right now either so those examples kind of suck. And now you know the difference between emoji and kaomoji Japanese emoticons!
Movember, which takes place during the month of November is when people from all over the world band together and raise money and awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Men grow a “Mo” which is slang for moustache for 30 days to become walking and talking advertisements for men’s health causes. Men who support Movember are known as Mo Bros. They start the month clean shaven and grow and groom their moustache throughout the month raising money along the way. Women can also participate in Movember as Mo Sistas and help raise awareness as well. So this month, in order to show support for Movember you can use some of the moustache emoticons from this website and even make up some of your own. You can easily add ┏ and ┓ to the sides of the mouth of any other Japanese emoticon in order to give it sort of a droopy looking moustache. There are also other types of moustaches you can see in emoticons like ( ˇ෴ˇ ) or (•̴̑⁎̵̭•̴̆). If you’d like to register for Movember and get more involved you can visit Movember.com and if any of you create any really awesome Japanese emoticons with moustaches please share them in the comments. I’ll get them added to the site and other people can use them as well.
I saw this amazing skeleton Japanese emoticon (˼●̙̂ ̟ ̟̎ ̟ ̘●̂˻) on a Japanese twitter account and I decided we needed a post about Halloween kaomoji so you can use some awesome Halloween emoticons this year. Here’s a Japanese emoticon zombie: [¬º-°]¬ There are lots of Japanese emoticon devils or demons. They’re actually pretty easy to make. Here are some examples: ←～（o ｀▽´ )oΨ ←~∋(｡Ψ▼ｰ▼)∈ ∋━━o(｀∀´oメ）～→ Here’s an evil looking crazy thing: (▼皿▼) I still don’t know what’s going on with these crazy eye bleeding kaomoji but they certainly look scary to me so I think they fit into the theme of Halloween: ( ༎ຶŎ༎ຶ ) (;´༎ຶД༎ຶ`) (´༎ຶ༎ຶ) (´༎ຶ༎ຶ) Here are some excellent sort of scary looking Japanese emoticon monsters, the bleeding eyes make them look scary: ༼ ༎ຶ ෴ ༎ຶ༽ ༼;´༎ຶ ༎ຶ༽ Here’s what looks to me like a ghost. It’s not really scary but it’s ghost-like #sexyghost: (((༼•̫͡•༽))) And that’s all I’ve got. This skeleton (˼●̙̂ ̟ ̟̎ ̟ ̘●̂˻) is seriously one of the best kaomoji emoticons I’ve ever seen though. If you know of any other awesome Halloween emoticons post them in the comments below and I’ll add them to the site!