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Kaomoji (顔文字; literally, "face mark") is the Japanese version of an emoticon. It is meant to be written and read horizontally.

Basic examples[edit]

Note that for most of these, it is possible to use a period for a mouth (^.^) or leave out the mouth entirely (^^).

 ^_^                          smiley
 ~_~                          content
 `_^ or ^_~                   wink
 >_<                          angry, frustrated
 ^o^                          laughing maniacally
 ^o^v                         peace
 \^o^/                        very excited (raising hands into the air)
 -_-                          annoyed (trying to hide annoyance), also sleeping (eyes shut)
 ¬_¬                          focused at a particular person
 ;_; or ;];                   crying
 o_O or O_o                   confused surprise (one eye raised)
 >_0 or 0_<                   flinching, ouch!
 >_> or <_<                   yeah, right...
 ._.                          small - hiding, discreet, intimidated
 $_$                          thinking about money
 x_x                          dead or knocked out
 @_@                          dizzy
 T_T                          crying or not amused
 !_!                          crying
 u_u                          sad
 m(_ _)m                      bowing

Popular Examples (needs Japanese font)[edit]

one line kaomoji[edit]

(゚Д゚)          "heh?" or "what are you saying?" or "surprised"
(゚Д゚)y─┛~~                        smoking
( ゚д゚)、                            vomits saliva
(屮゚Д゚)屮                           "Come on" or "Come here"
 y=ー( ゚д゚)・∵.                      shot my head
Σ(゚Д゚;≡;゚д゚)                      confusion
Σ(||゚Д゚)                           scary
Σ (゚Д゚;)                          surprised
(・∀・)                        "well" or "good"
(・A・)                        "bad" or "not good"
( ´_ゝ`)
[add message here]━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!!!! "shout [message]"

Happy Japanese Emoticon Examples[edit]

(●´∀`●)                       relieved happy
(`・ω・´)”                       innocent happy
∩( ・ω・)∩                        happy dog
(◕‿◕✿)                        cute happy
(ღ˘⌣˘ღ) ♫・*:.。. .。.:*・         happy with music

More Japanese Emoticons[edit]

See also[edit]