Japan Is Concerned Olympics Visitors Will Be Confused by Their Emojis

first_img In Japan, the emoji symbol for onsen, or hot springs, is seen everywhere throughout the country to denote where you can find such places to rest and relax. It looks like this: almost like a hot plate with steam rising out of it. Given that Japan will be hosting the 2010 Olympic Games, the Japanese government is looking into changing this symbol, for fear that it will confuse tourists visiting the country.The onsen symbol is being reviewed in addition to 90 others as possible confusing pictographs for those visiting from other countries into. What now follows is reprogramming emojis for smartphones and other electronic devices. But they would have about four years to make updates to this symbol and others via emoji interpretations.But it’s not likely that any updates to the code via the Unicode Consortium will happen, according to emoji reference site founder Jeremy Burge, when speaking to Quartz.AdChoices广告via japantourlist.com“It’s an unusual case, as Unicode prefers not to encode symbols as emoji, and this is one reason why. The hot springs emoji was included for compatibility with Japanese carrier emoji sets, but otherwise isn’t very popular outside of Japan.”It seems like a lot more work than actually necessary to make a new emoji just to accommodate foreign travelers, especially since it wouldn’t make sense for a “hot food” icon to be on a map in the first place, at least when it comes to regular maps. Surely outsiders would be able to comprehend what a hot spring is, right…? Or maybe not.In any case, there’s plenty of time left for Japan to decide what they are going to do with these emoji, but it seems there are far more important decisions to make when it comes to accommodating foreign travelers than a simple emoji. Stay on target How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan last_img