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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Japanese Smilies

Apparently, Japanese smilies have been around for ages. Here's an example:

(^_^)

The smiley is read in the orientation that it stands. Here, the caret sign is used to denote happy eyes. The smiley above is equivalent to the western smiley denoted by:

:)

Japanese smilies are much more flexible than western smilies. For example:

Trying to stay awake:

(+_+)(-_-)(_ _) ..zzZZ

Applause:

(^_^)//

Anger:

(-_-#)

Concealed anger:

(^_^#)

Blushing:

(*^_^*)

Yay Me!:

o(^_^o) (o^_^)o

Since the Japanese smiley allows for, inter alia, representation of hands, eyes, and mouth, the range of emotional responses that can be conveyed is substatially greater. For example:

Neutral face with nervous/exasperated sweat:
(-_-;)

Smiling face with nervous/exasperated sweat:

(^_^;)

Alternatively, you can use symbols to represent objects. Then you could use smilies such as:

Happily talking away on mobile:

(^O^);

You don't need to just represent people either:

Happy Cat:

(=^.^=)

Dead Cat:

(=x.x=)

Even with just the ascii characterset, the possibilities are much greater. Throw in the Japanese character sets, and you can get real creative.

Here's my attempt to convey the depth of my emotion in regards to blogging from an unstable, spyware/virii infested, Windows 98 PC on a 56kps dial-up connection:

(#=_=)p|_

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