In the middle of June, goo Ranking surveyed its readers by means of a public internet questionnaire on what emoticons, or smilies, they often used in mail from their personal computers. The following table presents the top thirty emoticons list. As usual for goo Ranking, number one slot gets ranked with 100 points, and all the rest with the proportion of votes relative to the top vote. More detailed demographics, etc, are not available.

Back in April, I translated another survey on the use of smilies, or emoticons, on Japanese mobile phones, that you may want to reference. Even though the people responding to this survey are (supposed to be!) adult, emoticons reveal a cute childish playfulness, I feel.

Please feel free to use these in your email or messenger applications to add some Japanese emotions to your chat!

Ranking results

Q: What 顔文字, kaomoji, emoticons do you often use in mail sent from your personal computer?

Rank
Emoticon
Score
Meaning
1
(^_^) or (^_^)v, etc
100
Laughing
2
(>_<)>
66.4
Troubled
3
(^_^;)
54.4
Troubled
4
(ToT)
53.3
Crying
5
m(_ _)m
52.9
Apologising
6
(^^ã‚ž or (^^;)
38.3
Shy
7
( ̄ー ̄)
20.6
Grinning
8
(≧∇≦)/
18.9
Joyful
9
( ̄□ ̄;)
18.9
Surprised
10
(#^.^#)
18.8
Shy
11
(*´▽`*)
16.1
Infatuation
12
(ーー;)
15.4
Worried
13
(*^â–½^*)
15.0
Joyful
14
_| ̄|○, orz, OTL, etc
13.7
Depressed
15
(^▽^)
11.1
Laughing
16
キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!!, (゜∀゜), etc
11.1
I’m here!!!
17
(´・ω・`)
10.3
Snubbed
18
( ゚ Д゚)
8.8
Shocked
19
(・∀・)
7.7
Laughing
20
(T▽T)
7.1
Crying
21
(*ï¿£mï¿£)
6.8
Dissatisfied
22
( ´∀`)
6.0
Laughing
23
(⌒▽⌒)
5.3
Laughing
24
(^v^)
4.9
Laughing
25
ヽ(´ー`)┌
4.7
Mellow
26
(’-’*)
4.1
Laughing
27
(‘A`)
3.8
Snubbed
28
(゜◇゜)
2.1
Surprised
29
(*°∀°)=3
2.1
Infatuation
30
∩( ・ω・)∩, ( ・ω・), etc
1.3
Joyful

13 Comments

Japanese words · March 1, 2009 at 12:19

I just never could get into these types of emoticons and prefer the pictured ones instead.

Sami · April 7, 2009 at 11:58

number 16 means, to put it bluntly…
“I came”

Jake · April 15, 2009 at 03:33

Funny how something I remember using in the early 90s on the east coast of America is now considered Japanese

Jamie · May 31, 2009 at 08:37

“kita” just means “I came”, “You came”, “It came”, “They came”, etc. It doesn’t have to be a sexual meaning. Say you were waiting for something in the mail and you got it. You’re excited so you would type “kitaaaa” It could refer to many things based on the conversation.

Randomdude · June 6, 2009 at 08:54

キタ━━━(゜∀゜)━━━!!!!! <—– this has more of a meaning like “Here comes the part!” like a certain thing a character does that you know is coming up

ktkr is same thing too, “kitakore” is literally “This has come!” although I’ve never seen kita with sexual meanings before, mostly see on Nico Nico

Japguy · June 21, 2009 at 21:05

Hi.
Thanks for sharing those, very nice:]

I just have one question, how to modify my web page code( simple html mostly) for those to work? do I have to add some kind of library or what? Please help, thanks in advance:]

paul smith · June 25, 2009 at 17:22

Very interesting article. Thanks for putting it

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