This year marks the first time a sitting United States president has expressed thanks to Japan for “manga and anime, and, of course, emojis.” President Obama expressed these thanks to the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on the White House lawn during a diplomatic visit. Nobody can doubt that emojis came from Japan, but the fact that the leader of the United States recognized them as an important cultural export from Japan shows that emojis have arrived. Whether you like the tiny emotion-pictures or despise them, they are heavily used throughout messaging apps.
Whether you’re new to emojis, or you’ve long been expressing your joy with crying smiling faces and your sass with reception desk workers, you can up your game. Check out these tips to make your texts as emoji-filled as possible.