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Kaomoji App & Using Shortcuts For Kaomoji

So today I discovered a cool kaomoji (顔文字) app for iOS that actually adds the faces to the kaomoji shortcut in the Japanese Kana keyboard! If you’re not familiar with what that is, it’s a keyboard option in iOS that looks like this:


The circled smiley ^_^ is how you access the kaomoji in this keyboard. Now, I also have a kaomoji keyboard, but it’s much more convenient for me to simply switch to Japanese (or just continue using it, depending!) and tap the ^_^ to get to all my favorite faces. If you don’t want to add another keyboard to your phone, but you want a quick way to access your favorite kaomoji, I also have a solution for you which I’ll talk about at the end of this post! Just skip to the end if you’re not interested in adding the keyboard or even downloading this app.

Otherwise, let’s continue!

Since you do need this keyboard installed in order to add to the above menu, I’ll go through the steps of adding it if you aren’t already familiar:

First, go into your Settings:


Click General


Scroll down until you see this section above, and click Keyboard


If you only have English and maybe the Emoji keyboard installed, you’ll see a 1 or a 2 here. I have 5 (?!) installed at the moment which you’ll see in a second..

Click Keyboards


Now, the top of this screen will only show keyboards you already have installed. I didn’t want to lose my settings or history for the Japanese keyboard (I don’t know if I would but I’d rather not find out this way!) so I didn’t remove it for the purposes of this quick tutorial.

First click Add New Keyboard

There will be a long list of languages in alphabetical order. Scroll down to J and choose Japanese – Kana

Once you’ve done that, you can exit Settings.

Now, to the app itself!

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could search for 顔文字 (you need to use the kanji for this, searching “kaomoji” will not have the same result!) or you could just click this link!

The full title of the app is かわいい顔文字「かおもじシンプル」〜ユーザー辞書に直接登録できる!めずらしい顔文字もあります! (this title is so long it doesn’t even show up on the app store preview and even less of it is shown below!)

That translates to Cute Kaomoji “Simple Kaomoji” ~Can directly register into user dictionary! Rare kaomoji also included!


So the way this app actually works is, aside from providing a bunch of kaomoji to choose from, it actually uses the Text Replacement / Shortcut feature in iOS, which I thought was pretty clever. Apparently if you use this character: ☻then the shortcut will link directly into the ^_^ menu in the Kana keyboard!

My Text Replacement screen now looks like this:


After opening the app, you’ll see this screen which shows you 12 overall categories. We’ll choose Popular Kaomoji (人気顔文字)


This brings us to yet another group of categories. We’ll choose Cute (かわいい)


Finally we’ve reached the kaomoji!

So on this screen we have two options for extracting our chosen face:


If you want to add the kaomoji directly to your dictionary, you would click the happy looking dictionary with a plus sign in the upper right-hand corner (circled in pink).

If you want to copy the kaomoji, you simply click the face itself (circled in blue).

If you chose to add the kaomoji, you’ll see this message:


This is a basic overview on how it works, and also informs you that you have x number of times left to “try” this feature. I’ll explain that in a minute. Hit OK. (The other option says “Don’t show next time.”

You’re brought to what is actually the Text Replacement add a new shortcut screen!


If you leave the Shortcut as smiley, it will appear in the ^_^ menu as I discussed above. However, you can put whatever text you like in here, so remember that in a minute!

If you chose to copy the kaomoji, you’ll be brought to this screen:


The message at the top tells you that your chosen face has been copied, and provides links to common messaging or email apps you might want to immediately hop to. You can hit the blue Close (閉じる) button at this point.

Now, remember how when we chose to add to dictionary we were warned about a trial period? Here’s what shows up when you run out of tries:


This is the really unfortunate thing about this app – the developer has chosen not to give you an option to use without limit unless you share a link to the app and at least one person downloads it from your link. I prefer not to go this route, so there is an option for me – I can watch an advertisement to gain more “trial” time. I think this app is really neat, and I would have been happy to throw a little money at the creator, but instead this is my only option. If you’d like to watch the video, you can click Watch Video Ad (動画広告を見る)

But! You can still use this app to copy kaomoji limitlessly and now I’m going to show you the other thing I promised at the beginning of this post: how to use kaomoji with your English keyboard. First, copy the kaomoji you want to be able to access from your keyboard.

Next, go back to Settings -> General -> Keyboards. Remember this screen? This time, choose Text Replacement.


Hey, this screen looks familiar!

Paste the kaomoji in the Phrase field, and type whatever combination of characters you’d like to connect to the face in the Shortcut field. Click Save.


Now try it out!


Once I finished typing “mmm”, the kaomoji appeared in my autocomplete bar! Note: this will only appear the first time you type the phrase – if you go back to it later, regular autocomplete options will show up instead.

And that’s it!

Maybe this is something everyone knew by now, but I just hadn’t thought about it because I got used to the Kaomoji menu in the Japanese keyboard. Try it out and let me know what you think!

I’m not as familiar with Android, but if it has a similar autocomplete/shortcut option I bet it would work there too!

I do want to add that even though creating English shortcuts for kaomoji is really convenient and interesting, I’m still going to stick to the Japanese keyboard for a couple of reasons:

1, because I already use it a lot anyway and 2, I get to see ALL my kaomoji at once:


(Note: Most of these are stock kaomoji that just come with the Japanese keyboard!)

I’m a super visual person, so I love looking through the faces to pick out the perfect one instead of trying to remember which phrase I attached to which face… But that’s just my quirk! Which do you like better?

Let me know if this was helpful or interesting for you!

Perpetually Starting Over

So I keep thinking I should write more here.

And then I write a little, and think about it a lot, and then decide I don’t really know what I want to do, so I stop.

This cycles around pretty frequently.

Most of the time this is because I feel like I should really have A Purpose to write, or a theme to follow, in order to… what? keep the small following that I no longer have?

I’ve always found myself to be a difficult person to classify, or put into any particular group. I don’t say this to be all ~special and unique~ but rather that, any predefined category that I discover, I find myself… more than a little unsuited for.


I’ve become ridiculously girly ([vague promises about showcasing my room go here]), but I can’t say I’m any kind of expert on the subject or any of its subcategories like makeup or fashion – or even just cute things! I love cute things, but really, only certain kinds of cute things. I am less of a cute thing connoisseur than a lover of very specific cute things. And other atypical things I adore. Like hammerhead sharks.


I’ve come to really enjoy making different kinds of food! But… although my palette has increased exponentially since going through a very restrictive diet, I’m hard-pressed to consider myself a foodie. I don’t seek out restaurants or create recipes. I just… make what I want to make and eat it for a week straight (sometimes two!). I still don’t really drink alcohol, and that still seems to confuse a lot of people, but that’s a topic for another time.

I want to exercise more and get stronger~! But… I’m definitely not doing any kind of strength training right now, and most of what I am doing can be classified as a few yoga stretches at best. Mostly, I’m really lazy.

I still like my dolls! But… I haven’t felt inspired to really do anything with them lately, unfortunately.


I’m still interested in becoming more proficient in Japanese (and recently, Korean!) but I don’t use it in day to day life so much anymore… (unless you count shopping).


I do a lot with technology and code for work, but aside from having kind of an imposter complex about it, what I do is really low-level compared to what I know lots of other people are doing! I fix things and create patchwork solutions, but I don’t write whole programs (usually – and what I do write tends to be very small and self-contained). I really enjoy working with all of that and there are other things I’d love to do with them, but I’m not… not right now.


Basically, I’m not an expert at any of these things. The only thing I’m really suited to talk about is being that strange mashup of interests. Technology, girly-girl, Japanese language & fashion, dolls, and food! So that makes this a lifestyle blog, really, and I have trouble coming to terms with that, somehow.


On the one hand, that means I have to accept that people would come here because they’re interested in me… or at least some of the topics I discuss. On the other hand that means… well, what does it mean? That I write about day to day things, and for me, day to day is… well, maybe not that interesting most of the time. I live in the country I grew up in, a little closer to the major city than I used to be, but not too far from where I started. I’ve been many places around the world now, and while I won’t say I want to stay here forever, I’m okay being here for now. Oh right, add travel to that list above! And Visual Novels, and video games, and idols, and photography….

So here we are. Miu’s Lifestyle Blog About Nothing In Particular.

(I won’t change the name though, I like my bad pun.)

purple-haired girls

IMG_4142.JPG uncovered my Kagamin figma last weekend, so I set her up on my desk, and realized I was reading another series with a purple-haired twintail girl…

New Game is a 4-koma style comic about a college graduate who starts working at a game company. the tone is very light, and it’s closer to slice of life than anything else, with a few references to game development (I’ve read about half at this point – taking it leisurely since there doesn’t appear to be a second volume yet). when I read the synopsis I was hoping for something more story-oriented, but this is cute so I’m okay with it  :hee:



so the above image was dinner.

卵焼き[tamagoyaki] and rice topped with 野菜ふりかけ [yasai furikake].

although, I should say the tamagoyaki was more faux-shoku than 和食 [washoku] – the usual recipe calls for mirin and dashi… neither of which I had. so it’s just eggs, soy sauce and sugar. I did my best to roll it properly though! in my special tamagoyaki pan  :wink:

this whole week is turning into faux-shoku – my lunch this week is salmon flakes (on rice), which, again, was supposed to use sake and mirin, but I had neither. to be fair, when I started I did believe I had sake, at least. unfortunately I only had rice vinegar, which is…. not even close to any kind of substitute for either. the salmon is still quite good!

I bought a bilingual Japanese cookbook about half a year back, and I think I’ll start trying to make some items from it. cooking remains a challenge primarily due to limited refrigerator space – sharing a single fridge with three other people is… interesting. but it does force me to be very careful not to buy more than I’m going to use in the near future, since I don’t have space to buy more food if I decide not to use it….


2014.051Even more camera add-ons! (Well just one this time.) This is a nifty little flash bounce made specifically for NEX camera stock flashes. I’ve been using some aluminium foil as a hack solution up until now, but this looks a lot sleeker on and works fantastically! Not expensive, but takes a long time to arrive as it’s shipped from Korea using the cheapest post.




50 days done! More goodies for the new camera – white balance cap and lens thread adapter for it.

slowly catching up with backlog

If you follow the rss feed for this blog, you might notice that I filled in the rest of January with 365photos! I’ll fill in February soon…

School is still keeping me very busy (tonight I’m awake because I had to finish part of a project orz;; ) so I still can’t devote tons of time to this blog, but I’m definitely making plans (and lists!) for when I make my inevitable comeback~

So as you might know, I’m often mistaken for younger than I am… this isn’t because I’m short (I’m not) or that I dress childishly (I don’t think??) but perhaps because of my small face… in the past I’ve been mistaken for up to 8 years younger than my real age! But today we reached a new low… a coworker said I looked 12! (°口°;) !!(a statement that was later revised to 15 after I protested)

I’m only an inch taller than I was at 12 so I guess that’s not too far off but-

am I now aging backwards???

(no it was obviously hyperbole but this person is younger than me even!)

if only I could cure my undereye circles, then I’d feel confident that I really seemed so young ahaha;; 



So many snowy days recently… -_-;



Reading a bunch for my final course in my degree… I keep textbooks on my iPad whenever possible because it’s so much lighter and I can always read any time I have a few minutes.


2014.047Another nonsense shot of Lucilla (filter by Camera360, as usual)


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