Part 1 here!
These emojis can be found in iPhones but even if you don’t use one, you will still be able to see the emojis.
This is おでん (Oden). Its a type of snack that you can buy at convenience stores or even restaurants. They are different types of foods on a stick. In this emoji, theres こんにゃく (Konyaku) its the grey triangle which is a chewy jelly type food flavoured with soup. The round brown thing is fried tofu and the white tube is called ちくわ (Chikuwa) and is a fish tube, basically. Its flavour is quite interesting so I cannot 100% recommend it as you might not like it…
The next one is お団子 (Odango). It is small coloured balls of mochi on a stick. These taste very nice so I would highly recommend you try these when you visit.
These foods look exactly like the emojis so you wont find it hard to pick these out when you are here.
These are fish flags called 鯉のぼり (Koi Nobori). Its Koi fish on a pole. These are put up on Children’s day, May 5th. These fish can be green, black, red, blue or yellow.
These are dolls dressed up in traditional kimono. Many households have these and they are usually put up on March 3rd, girls day. These can have several rows as these dolls are put up a step higher than the table. These rows can have the servants, the musicians and all wearing kimono.
This red lantern is called 提灯 (Chouchin) and is put up along the roof of stands in festivals that are held in shrines. (I wrote a post on temples/shrines to visit, to if you would like to read it you can here!) Festivals are really the only time you would see these.
This is called a 風鈴 (Fuurin). It makes calming sounds when the wind blows. Its like a glass jellyfish. They are very pretty to put up in backyards and by front doors. Very common to see these during summer on many balconies.
This is a emoji showing rice balls on a bowl and the moon in the background. Its showing the view of the moon on お月見 (Otsukimi). It is a mid autumn festival and it is to celebrate the harvest of the month. The moon is said to have a rabbit in it making mochi.
There are still many many more! Stay tuned!