## How do I "understand" kaomoji? (Japanese smilies)

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When I see something like this:

ﾍ(´∀｀ﾍ)ﾍ(´∀｀ﾍ)ﾖｲﾖｲ(ﾉ´∀｀)ﾉ(ﾉ´∀｀)ﾉﾖｲﾖｲ♪


I think some voodoo demon wants to say something to me. o_O

My Japanese friends often use kaomoji. But, when they add (´▽｀) or (ﾟ∀ﾟ) I can't tell if they are sad, confused, happy, or even angry. I just can't see the emotion for an upside-down A.

Maybe you can draw something based on the most popular kaomoji, so I can envision it in my mind like you do.

notice that they sometimes have words attached, like the one in your example. – Louis – 2012-07-13T07:23:24.250

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While accepting questions about "what is kaomoji: ( ・_・)ノ", etc should probably closed under "too localized", I'm pretty sure what the OP was asking for is basically this link: http://www.japaneseemoticons.net/all-japanese-emoticons/ . Note that each category is given a short introduction giving general strategies for interpreting particular emotions.

– jkerian – 2012-07-13T16:29:42.697

What was the defining reason for reopening this question? Is there an answer that relates to the Japanese language more so than addressing just the imagination? – Chris – 2012-07-14T05:15:24.500

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@Chris See http://meta.japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/883/arent-kaomoji-part-of-the-japanese-language - or in summary, five people thought it was on-topic and rejected the first close reason. If the question is too vague, then the "not constructive" reason should have been used instead, but that is a separate argument.

– Troyen – 2012-07-14T07:21:17.440

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Perhaps this site may be of use to you.

For each section there is a brief description and explanation of the choice of symbols/characters used.

The characters used for kaomoji may represent:

• Eyes (usually obvious)(may be covered by arms/hand)
• Ears (may be absent)
• Nose (may be absent)
• Mouth ( ∀ and ▽ in your examples are mouths)
• Limits of the face (usually these - ( ) are face delimiters)
• Flushing of cheeks ( may be (but not limited to) # or @ )
• Sweat (usually obvious if present)
• Tears (usually obvious if present)
• Arms/hand ( ﾍ in your example)(And sometimes may be used to cover the eyes)
• Lines of motion ( In (-_-)ゞ゛, ゞ゛ is an arm with lines of motion showing a head-scratching action)
• Objects (占 - spray bottle, 尸 - flag, φ - pen, etc.)

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