Category: illustration

01 Dec

Manabeshima Island Japan: One Island, Two Months, One Minicar, Sixty Crabs, Eighty Bites and Fifty Shots of Shochu

Juju Kurihara Books, Culture, illustration, Literature, Trip Tags: , , , , 11 Comments

A French artist, Florent Chavouet travelled to Manabeshima, known as a cat island in Japan and spent 2 months deeply involved with the locals with very little Japanese. He depicted all his experience and it´s amazing.

24 Jan

Kaomoji generator

Juju Kurihara Entertainment, illustration Tags: 0 Comments

Kaomoji (顔文字) keeps developing. Honestly, I find it difficult sometimes to read Japanese blogs because of complicated Kaomoji. They take good moments from me to understand. In the Western culture, people use Kaomoji but they are very simple and not so many variations. May be 🙂 , 🙁 , 😉 , lol are the most common ones. The life is easier. 

While Japanese Kaomoji has full of expressions. This is when you are surprised Σ(=°ω°=;ノ)ノ and this is when you are angry (#`ε´#). Remind you, theses are only an example and there are so many to choose. It´s complicated but at the same time, it makes your normal text fun. Of course you need to know when and how much to use. A text full of Kaomoji is a little bit annoying and childish. 



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One of Iromegane´s readers, Dominick sent us his Kaomoji app to share with you all. He has Kaomoji Generator page where you can simply copy and use your favourite smily face. (Click the image to view)




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And he has a Kaomoji Customizer page where you can change the direction of the Kaomoji you´ve chosen. This is kind of fun too. (click the image to view)

If you have more questions, you can also contact him directly from his site. 



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