Oh my goodness. My sister is learning Japanese and has been typing and sending e-mails using the TenKey Japanese keyboard built onto iOS, and it’s thanks to her that I discovered these amazing little text images. I don’t understand any of the characters that she types out, but I don’t need to speak the language […]
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Forget Emoji – check out these incredible Japanese “smilies”

Oh my goodness. My sister is learning Japanese and has been typing and sending e-mails using the TenKey Japanese keyboard built onto iOS, and it’s thanks to her that I discovered these amazing little text images.
I don’t understand any of the characters that she types out, but I don’t need to speak the language to understand how awesome (and slightly crazy) these built-in “smilies” are. They’re actually far more complicated and expressive than your basic “:)”, though, so maybe I’m not doing them justice.
However, if you’d like to try some of these for yourself, just add the Japanese – TenKey keyboard in Settings and tap the bottom-left most key (the one that looks like this: ^_^) and text away.

I like these smilies so much I just might key a few of them into TextExpander for regular usage.

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