Emoji. They're the bastard offspring of Pokemon and Hello Kitty: graphic emoticons that are all the rage amongst the Land of the Rising Sun's tween population. And for the longest time — possibly for good reason — Japanese iPhones didn't offer Emoji support. Well, that's not entirely true: it was included in the iPhone 2.2 firmware on the SoftBank network, but not for anyone else.
Turns out a simple patching process will give you access to something on the order of a gazillion Emoji emoticons:
You need to edit the file
/User/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Preferences.plist on the device
-> whether you use a jailbreak to achieve this or merely some iTunes
backup editor is up to you.
Add the following boolean key as ‚Äòtrue‚Äô: KeyboardEmojiEverywhere
Then merely go to the Keyboards section of the Settings app, hit
Japanese, and turn on Emoji. Will work for any text field/view in the
OS, including on websites, AND including the titles of items on
SpringBoard (e.g. if you save a bookmark to the home screen).
The easiest way to do with will probably be to run your iPhone as an
SFTP server, which is as easy as installing a package or two on your