Do you remember the first time you used a phone with an emoji keyboard?
I do. It was kind of overwhelming. I scrolled and scrolled, and wondered what all these characters could possibly be for.
Because emoji originated in Japan, some of them are quite specific to Japanese culture.
Some are obvious - but others might not mean what you think!
せんべい Rice Cracker
"What's that brown circle with the square on it?"
弁当 Bento Box
Look closely - this bentō has sushi in it too!
They're served on a stick to make it easier to eat.
These coloured ones can also be called 三色 sanshoku ("three-coloured") dango, or 花見 hanami ("flower-viewing") dango.
エビフライ Fried Prawn
エビフライ (ebi-furai) or "fried prawn" is a specialty food of Nagoya, where I lived from 2011-2014.
I can't eat prawns though, so it's not my favourite food. You can have mine.
マンガ肉 Manga Meat
Also known as あの肉 (ano niku) "that meat".
In a glorious case of life imitating art, you can actually get manga niku some places. We had it in the Capcom bar in Shinjuku, Tokyo last year:
Next time you're scrolling through your emoji, see if there are any you always skip past.
Or are there any that make you go "what on earth is that one...?"