Kaomoji (顔文字; literally, "face mark") is the Japanese version of a emoticon, written vertically.

Note that for most of these, it is possible to use a period for a mouth (^.^) or leave out the mouth entirely (^^).
^_^ smiley
~_~ content
`_^ or ^_~ wink
>_< angry, frustrated
^o^ laughing maniacally
^o^v peace
\^o^/ very excited (raising hands into the air)
-_- annoyed (trying to hide annoyance), also sleeping (eyes shut)
¬_¬ focused at a particular person
;_; or ;]; crying
o_O or O_o confused surprise (one eye raised)
>_0 or 0_< flinching, ouch!
>_> or <_< yeah, right...
._. small - hiding, discreet, intimidated
$_$ thinking about money
x_x dead or knocked out
@_@ dizzy
T_T crying or not amused
!_! crying
u_u sad

Popular Examples (needs Japanese font)

one line kaomoji
(゚Д゚) "heh?" or "what are you saying?" or "surprised"
(゚Д゚)y─┛~~ smoking
( ゚д゚)、 vomits saliva
(屮゚Д゚)屮 "Come on" or "Come here"
y=ー( ゚д゚)・∵. shot my head
Σ(゚Д゚;≡;゚д゚) confusion
Σ(||゚Д゚) scary
Σ (゚Д゚;) surprised
(・∀・) "well" or "good"
(・A・) "bad" or "not good"
( ´_ゝ`)
[add message here]━━━━(゚∀゚)━━━━!!!!! "shout [message]"
Happy Japanese Emoticon Examples
(●´∀`●) relieved happy
(`・ω・´)” innocent happy
∩( ・ω・)∩ happy dog
(◕‿◕✿) cute happy
(ღ˘⌣˘ღ) ♫・*:.。. .。.:*・ happy with music

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