Essays on Japanese emoji culture

I started writing essays on emoji culture for a Japanese web magazine “BestTimes”! In these essays I am going to explore the topic of emoji from different perspectives, including their history, functions and peculiarities of use in Japan and in the West.

There will be one new essay every month and the first two are already out. The first one is a brief introduction to the history of emoji as it appears in digital devices. And the second one talks about rebus (word play consisting of a mix of pictures and letters) as one of the pre-digital emoji roots.