whatsapp: In 1995, Shigetaka Kurita created a heart-shaped symbol among Pocket Bell’s mobile options for NTT DoCoMo’s mobile internet platform. And given its huge reception, this prompted Kurita to seek ideas between symbols and elements of Japanese culture such as Kanji or manga to develop a set of 176 characters.
In this way, the first emojis, ideograms or characters used in electronic messages and websites were born, especially in messaging applications and other social networks. And there’s nothing better than an emoji to directly express how we feel without having to use words.
Grinning squinting face’
Among all the emojis, there is one that is used very often: the ‘Grinning Squinting Face’, a yellow face with a wide smile and closed eyes that take an ‘X’ shape, which means that you have to laugh intensely or get excited about something .
It is the translation in emoji of those faces with intense laughter that we sometimes see in Japanese manga, and also of an expression that has been used before: the expression ‘XD’, which is part of that new language born under the protection from the first digital chats – such as Microsoft’s MSN Messenger – and later evolved into mobile applications.