This is a list of notable and commonly used emoticons , or textual portrayals of a writer's moods or facial expressions in the form of icons. In recent times, graphical icons, both static and animated, have joined the traditional text-based emoticons; these are commonly known as emoji. Emoticons can generally be divided into three groups: Western mainly from America and Europe or horizontal though not all are in that orientation ; Eastern or vertical mainly from east Asia ; and 2channel style originally used on 2channel and other Japanese message boards. The most common explanation for these different styles is that in the East, the eyes play the primary role in facial expressions, while in the West, the whole face tends to be used. Western style emoticons are mostly written from left to right as though the head is rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees.
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Kaomoji: Japanese Emoticons
If you look in the Happy section, you might even find some super cute animal text graphics :. In , Japanese users began using a particular kind emoticon. The use of asterisks as eyes was, though, particularly different from the internet standard at the time the standard :- face. After some time, people began to get more creative with portraying what they wanted with a horizontal face. Sometimes, in certain anime, one can see the artist actually draw three lines onto the face of the subject. This is an example of one media following another! Who would have ever thought that something as simple as little kawaii text faces would have so much cultural sway?
Emoticons not to be confused with emoji are a series of characters put together to make a face, animal or some other funny character. Think of emoticons as the traditional smiley face -- with a lot more personality. Crafting an emoticon like the shrug-face takes a lot more work than an emoji, though.
The word kaomoji is also synonymous to be referred to as Japanese emoticons. Japanese are very emotional and creative nation. Therefore, in Japan emoticons are popular as nowhere in the world. Japanese believe that eyes are the mirror of a human soul. Therefore, unlike Western emoticons where most attention is paid to mouth, in Japanese emoticons the most important part are eyes.