When we write an e-mail in English, we usually use 3 or 4 kinds of emoticons like :) :( ;) .
Compare to that, in Japanese, there are so many kinds of emoticons and we often use them to express emotion or even just for fun.
One of the reason that Japanese people like and use emoticons a lot is that the code for Japanese language is different from English one, I guess.
There are many signs (marks, codes) in addition to Japanese letters (hiragana, katakana, kanji).
So, it’s easy to “develop” new emoticons.
The following emoticons are basic ones.
You can tell what kind of emotion they describe easily.
(^o^) (; _ ;) (>_<)
Also there are some emoticons that I found on internet.
Try to use them for e-mail!!
Prime minister Koizumi.
(゜-゜ )(。_。 )
Chu… kissing… ☆
Japanese style “greeting”.
Giving a present.
“Tsumaranai mono desuga doozo.”
(“It’s not a nice present, but if you like, please receive it.”)
If you know interesting emoticons, let me know!