Lost in translation: emoji version

One of this year’s Academy Award nominated movies, told in emoji. (The Japanese title of Gravity is ゼロ・グラビティ).  (Here are the rest, from Mashable). Writing prompt: Try it with another movie you know.

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Next is an article from Smithsonian Magazine about how someone re-wrote the entirety of Moby Dick (Japanese title: 白鯨) in emoji. The article has some interesting history of the introduction of emoji in the English-speaking market, too. Writing prompt: Read and comment on the article.

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And finally, an idea of what some people in the U.S. (I suppose, as it’s the primary audience for the Huffington Post) think of some of the emoji imported from Japan. (Careful, though: some, if not necessarily all, of these are tongue-in-cheek.) You can see the rest here. Writing prompt: Explain in English the emoji you think are Japan-specific. Then, think about some other countries that should have emoji for their cultural products and practices. What would they look like?

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