From: Kirkland - WA - USARegistered: 2011-03-24Posts: 26
On the iPhone at least if you have the Japanese keyboard active you can access these emoticons by:
If Roman alphabet is active, select the globe key. Your keyboard should have hiragana on the buttons. On the bottom row, second from left (next to the globe icon) there should be a button with "^^" and a dash under those eyes. By pressing this it should pop up a list near the input field, press the arrow. You should now be able to see a crapload of these crazy emoticons.
I'm impressed that someone actually did a study on this.
An interesting bit:
“Let us compare emotive kanji characters with emoticons, which are also added at the end of a sentence. Strictly speaking, experiments with the same subjects and behavioral tests are required for such comparison; however, here we consider only the brain activation results.
Significant activation of the fusiform gyri was detected in the case of emotive kanji characters. On the other hand, the fusiform gyri are reported to be activated not only when reading kanji characters, but also when seeing faces (7, 32, 42, 43). The fusiform gyri are believed to participate in configural processing of faces and kanji characters (16) as well as in semantic processing (17). Kanji characters are complex shapes composed of so-called radicals and other components, which are involved in recognition (15). Similarly, a human face is composed of several parts, such as the nose and mouth, which convey individual features and expressions. Proceeding from these common properties, we may hypothesize that activation of the fusiform gyri is related to the complexity of configural processing and semantic processing. Furthermore, considering that the fusiform gyri are not activated by emoticons, we may assume that configural and semantic processing of faces and kanji characters is rather complex compared to emoticons.”