What does the Japanese word emoji mean

Japanese emoji that are misused all the time by Europeans 🗾🎌🗻

Actually, it's absolutely petty, but then I always have moments in which I am irritated by the use of emoji by other people. Since the origins of emoji come from Japan, they are almost naturally based on Japanese culture - and then we Europeans come and put the emoji in a completely new context. And then I'm just irritated. Hence this article.

This is not a hot, steaming plate, but the symbol for hot Japanese thermal springs - so-called onsen. The symbol can also be found on Japanese maps and indicates the hot springs in the area. Because the onsen symbol is so often used by foreigners Not understood, a new variant was developed for the 2020 Olympics, where three people are added. This is supposed to make it clearer. Here you can see the new pictogram.

This is not a ballerina, but a Japanese gesture that was implemented as an emoji. If you occasionally visit Japanese websites where you can book something, you may have already seen the ⭕ and ❌ symbols. The circle stands for “Okay” or “Still available”. And that is exactly what the circle that the figure forms with its hands over its head also means.

Immediately afterwards this emoji follows, which crosses the arms in front of the body. This emoji says "No!" Also comes from what I mentioned earlier. I think it's funny that the Japanese really do this gesture - how often I've seen it because the Japanese wanted to explain to me that something wasn't working, but they didn't have the (English) words for it and then they simply crossed their arms in front of their bodies .

No, that's not the Eiffel Tower - even if this emoji is often used for activities in Paris. This is the Tokyo Tower, clearly recognizable by its red and white color. Only with Samsung is the emoji displayed in gray, for whatever reason….

Okay, the meaning can be argued here. For most western users of the emoji, the meaning is pretty straightforward: hands are clasped in prayer.

But if you look at it with Japanese glasses, then it is also a frequently used Japanese gesture when you ask for something. You actually see it quite often in anime or Japanese series.

This is the symbol for Japanese novice drivers that I recently saw in a post on Facebook for wedding locations in Munich. I don't know what the post creators thought what it stood for - but I'm sure they didn't know what the icon meant. In Japan this is on the placard on the cars of novice drivers.

Curious which emoji still have something to do with Japan and what is the meaning behind them? Then I'll send you over to Elisa from Japanliebe.de, who has made a damn good overview of all "Emoji with reference to Japan" on her blog.