A Man with a Flashlight

Facial expression, the universal language?
April 6, 2007, 8:52 am
Filed under: Language

Apparently not. For Americans, the mouth shows how one is feeling; Japanese look to the eyes. And it holds true for emoticons too:

In the United States the emoticons : ) and : – ) denote a happy face, whereas the emoticons :( or : – ( denote a sad face. However, Japanese tend to use the symbol (^_^) to indicate a happy face, and (;_;) to indicate a sad face.

Maybe that explains why they draw faces like this. anime face Nod to Andrew Sullivan.

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