Kin no unko

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Kin no unko resting on a red backdrop

Kin no unko (金のうんこ) or "golden poo" is a Japanese cultural phenomenon. It is a symbol of good luck, as the name is a pun meaning "golden poo" and "good luck" in Japanese.[1] By 2006, 2.7 million mobile phone charms in this form had been sold.[2][3] The symbol, or something similar to it called unchi, appears as an emoji available on many mobile devices that support a Unicode expansion made in the summer of 2014.[4] The charm is unusual outside of Japan but has been available from the English-language website ThinkGeek.[5]

The flame ornament atop the Asahi Beer Hall in Tokyo is called Kin no unko for its similarity.[6]

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  1. ^ Alice Gordenker (March 20, 2007), "Gold poop", Japan Times
  2. ^ Brian Lam (October 6, 2006), "Japanese Golden Poop Cellphone Charm", Gizmodo
  3. ^ George 2009.
  4. ^ Adam Sternbergh (November 16, 2014), "Smile, You're Speaking EMOJI: The rapid evolution of a wordless tongue", New York magazine
  5. ^ Laura Northrup (June 23, 2009), "Award Your Own Golden Poo To That Special Company In Your Life" (blog), Consumerist, Consumer Reports
  6. ^ Zatko 2014.
  7. ^ "Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has a Crappy Reward for Finding All 900 Korok Seeds".

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