In its most literal form, emoji is a combination of the Japanese words 絵 (え— picture) and 文字 (もじ— character) adding just the right amount of visual sugar (or spice) to your text, tweets and online correspondence. The original 176 pictograms that were intended for Japan’s first mobile internet service have now become a worldwide phenomenon.
Now with over 2,600 emoji available, there seems to be one for every event, feeling and situation. As we start the new year, let’s take a look at the emoji that represent specific Japanese holidays, celebrations and special times of the year and the lingo that can go with them!
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