There are many emojis in the Apple keyboard that are Japanese and I have noticed how people have interpreted them. But I want as many people to know what those characters mean and how they could use it! As there are many Japanese emojis I am going to write 2 posts on this to stay tuned!
All the emojis are visible for our samsung/google/other non-apple devices!
This is called a “Pine Decoration”. It is most commonly put up in Japanese homes during the new year. The bamboo sticking out symbolises strength and health.
I know Cherry blossoms are not necessarily endemic to Japan but I thought I should include it as it is the national flower of Japan. They are super pretty during the spring so if you are considering a visit, spring is definitely the best time to do so.
This is an emoji of a homemade Japanese style curry. It is a lot thicker and darker, definitely a lot sweeter than actual traditional curry. The red stuff is something called 福神漬け (Fukujin zuke) and they are pickles. Always on curry here in Japan.
This is an おせんべい (Osenbei). They are rice crackers. Its brown because it is soy sauce flavoured. Super common any where in Japan. Good for souvenirs.
A personal favourite, おにぎり, Onigiri. Very common snack/food in Japan. Everyone eats this! Many different kinds as there are usually
different kinds of 具 (Gu/Stuffing). The stuffing is usually seafood, for example, salmon, cod eggs, tuna.
This is a bento box. It has some rice, pickles and vegetables from what I can gather. These are super popular and quite literally everywhere in Japan. If you ever go on a long train ride (Shinkansen), I highly recommend them.
This is a 海老フライ (Ebi furai). Its mini tempura shrimp. They taste really nice and look really cute in dishes. The name Ebi furai just means “Shrimp fried”. Very common in childrens bento boxes that their mothers put together for them.
This concludes the first few emojis on this surprisingly long list of emojis, stay tuned for part 2.