Unidentifiable Emojis Identified!

For those of you who consider emojis a lifestyle but can't figure out what the heck some of these are, we're here to finally solve the mystery (and blow your mind).

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Lovingly written by Kayla Bibeau, writer at Fueled, an award winning iPhone application development firm in London.

Do you use emojis more than text? Hate that lame friend without an iPhone that you just can't seem to get your point across to? Emojis are a lifestyle. They can be fun, flirty and even necessary. They lift your spirits, give you responses when you don't have one and add personality to otherwise boring text. But we have to ask ourselves, what the heck was Apple thinking incorporating some of these from the Japanese? Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify some of them.

Info Desk Lady/Secretary

According to a number of sources, this is a knowledgeable person at an info desk kindly explaining a process or direction. Really, I thought it was a girl with flair flipping her hair saying “whatever.”

Japanese Carp Koinobori Windsocks

Usually made of cotton, these are brightly colored wind socks that are flown on May 5th of each year, Japanese Boy's Day. Otherwise known as Children’s Day, it is a day set aside to respect children and to celebrate their happiness.

Japanese Furin

A traditional Japanese wind chime, usually made of glass, is thought to be good luck in parts of Asia and used in Feng Shui. They are hung by the windows during hot humid summers in order to bring cooling relief.

Japanese Moon Viewing Ceremony

This is a Japanese Otsukimi harvest celebration, a festival honoring the autumn moon on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar. Tsukimi tradition includes eating rice dumplings called Tsukimi dango in order to celebrate the beauty of the moon. Funny, because I’ve spent years thinking those were golf balls at a golf course...at night?

Tanabata Tree

Japan’s traditional summer “Tanabata” holiday is based on a popular myth of two star-crossed lovers who meet on the milky way once a year, on July 7. The holiday coincides with the summit, which takes place from July 7-9. As part of this celebration, each person writes a wish on a piece of paper and ties it to a bamboo tree to make it come true.

Naruto Fish Cake

Although it’s completely useless in the land of emojis, it looks remarkably accurate to the real deal. Narutomaki or naruto is a type of kamaboko, or cured fish surimi produced in Japan. Each slice of naruto has a pink or red spiral pattern, which resembles the Naruto whirlpools in the Naruto Strait between Awaji Island and Shikoku in Japan. Now you don't have to call it the pink swirly thing!

Wakaba Mark

The Japanese sign for a beginner. The green means “young” and the yellow means “leaf” -- “young leaf.” The term originally referred to a newly licensed driver. Now you have a cool new way to call your friends a n00b.

That's all for your daily dose of emoji education! Now, when you're flipping through your options, you'll no longer be stumped. Your texting horizons have officially been broadened. Congratulations! The possibilities are endless.

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