THE TRUE MEANING OF JAPANESE EMOTICONS AND EMOJIS

Do you know the true meaning of Japanese emoticons? Several emoji that we use on our cell phone in chats like Whatsapp and Facebook had their origin in Japan. Let's see a Complete Guide to Japanese Emojis and their origin. 

Emojis are ideograms and smileys (the faces with reactions and emotions, etc.) used in electronic messages and web pages. And they exist in many genres, including facial expressions, common objects, places and types of weather and animals. They are very similar to emoticons (characters together to form a kind of face

In 1999, Shigetaka Kurita created the first widely used set of emojis. Kurita was inspired by weather forecasts that used symbols to show the weather, Chinese characters and street signs.  In addition to manga that used stock symbols to express emotions, like lamps that meant inspiration. 

The first is Mizaru [?] the monkey that doesn't see. The second is Iwazaru [?] the monkey that doesn't speak. The third is Kikazaru [?] the monkey that doesn't listen.  They are known as the three wise monkeys. Its origin is based on a Japanese proverb that says that if we don't look, hear and speak the evil of others, we would have peaceful communities with peace and harmony.

Some emoticons or emoji have their roots in the culture of manga. The main example is the emoji 💢 which represents veins protruding from the forehead of an angry person or who has been hit by someone.  Originally it was drawn on the forehead or next to it, today it is commonly represented alone.