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Wireless Watch Newsletter
Issue No. 111
Thursday, November 6, 2003
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++ Viewpoint: Girl's Talk!
Everyone knows Tokyo's Shibuya district as THE place where hip
high-schoolers hang after school. The latest fashion, youth slang
and mobile culture can be found in this hyper-crowded hood.
Shibuya is a haven for trend watchers and a "must see" locale
for everyone visiting Japan.
According to research from IPS, 52 percent of youths younger than 19
only communicate through mobile email. About 60 percent had their
virginal Internet experience through their mobile phone, and a
whopping 70 percent of the mobile content market is generated by teens.
Nowadays, Japanese schools tend to be a lot quieter -- because students
don't have time to talk anymore. They prefer instead to spend their
free time sending and reading emails or browsing the Web during
breaks. And since the very start of the mobile Internet in Japan,
high-school girls have been the driving force behind new mobile
Mobile mail and chatting is usually text-based mixed with smileys and
"kao-moji" (face characters) -- like (;_;) (to express sadness) or
m(__)m (to express humbleness) -- and carrier proprietary pictorgraphs
("e-moji"). Kao-moji and e-moji are usually pre-installed on mobile
In the GSM world, youths often use an abbreviated language to reduce
the time and effort to type an SMS message. Japanese girls, however,
now prefer to communicate amongst each other using special
characters that require more time to input. These characters are called
"gyaru-moji" (gyaru is the slang word for girl). The words made from
gyaru-moji are a mixture of Japanese syllables, numbers, mathematical
symbols and Greek characters. It's like a secret code used by teenagers;
at first glance, the code resembles hieroglyphics.
Typing gyaru-moji takes at least twice as long as inputting standard
Japanese. A year ago, the first gyaru-moji were introduced. These were used
for email greetings such as "ohayo" (good morning) and "oyasumi"
"good night." When we asked a Japanese girl in Shibuya about gyaru-moji,
she told us that she likes to use them because it makes her emails look
more artistic. "Plus," she added, "people who want to read over my shoulder
cannot understand gyaru-moji, and in this way we keep our group language."
For those people not familiar with gyaru-moji, several mobile and Web
sites offer conversion tools from normal written Japanese to gyaru-moji.
Recently a new trend to send personalized messages was introduced by
these girls. They do not send emails to friends anymore. Instead, they
jot down their message on a piece of paper, take a photo of it and
send it as a picture message to their friends. In whatever form it
takes, "Girl's Talk" is generating a lot of revenue for the mobile
-- Arjen van Blokland
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