Kamoji are the Japanese version of emoticons – they are sweet and everybit as crazy and inspiring as the people who created them. What makes Kamoji so different and unique is that unlike regular text smileys, they are read vertically or upside down. You just need to take a look at them and you immediately understand their meaning. Apparently the Japanese are much more liberal and creative in their usage of keyboard characters – not only colons, dots and commas make up these vivid symbols but also hearts, dollar signs, triangles and whatnot. You need to see to believe, and you will fall in love with them in a second.
OK, but what about the toy I promised? Here it comes. Apparently, one very cool Japanese toy manufacturer called Yujin decided to create his own real life version of the happy textual bunch. He made real plastic figurines which are combination of a doll and a crazy emoticon which can be bought and mailed worldwide. You must check out his website which is devoted to the figures.
The pricing seems to much a lot of sense too – A single doll costs less than 1 US Dollar, not to much to pay for such a cool playmate. Check out his site and the cool animated movie he created.
Want to use these cool emoticons yourself? Hurry now to our guide for using Japanese Text Emoticons.
According to this story in CNet, Kate Moore just won the US national texting competition, after defeating more Thousands of other contestants. What made Moore so special she won the tournament? Apparently she managed to text very difficult to spell words, phrases and sentences while blindfolded, and while being severely distracted by a huge emoticon. More is a true hero, and we salute her.
Oh, any by the way, she just grabbed $50,000. Lucky Kate!
To some of us older generation, emoticons are often considered a bit of an enigma.
The reader apparently has sent an email to his boss, and signed off with a wink. His superior immediately emailed back an said that his email was unprofessional. Emin said that despite’s emoticons function as a way to express emotions and feelings in text messages and web forums, business emails are not the places for these means of communication:
it is not always obvious to the recipient of the message what is actually meant by a particular emoticon.
I used to get e-mails from a certain individual who would always sign off with (_x_). I used to think this was a term of endearment until someone pointed out this actually meant “kiss my arse”. Needless to say, I was not impressed.
Obviously Emin is right that not every email is suitable for emoticons. I can think of quite a few examples where emoticons would be very distastful:
- You are fired
- Just got married, ah? How is your wife in bed?
- I think your presentation sucks, but don’t worry – you’ll do fine in our company. <3
Seriously though, age and culture would be the main criteria for choosing whether or not to use the wonderful art of text smileys. If you are not sure about your recipient, don’t assume anything – be formal and polite. That’s a general good rule in business. At other times, using text smileys or even graphic cool smileys can be a great way to soften a tough to swallow message.
By the way, people who use smileys come in all colors and ages. See these smiley statistics for more.