Although Japan is now lagging behind in the global market for the production of phones and phone components, many of the elements of cell phone culture that we take for granted in the West actually first appeared in Japan. In Japan, mobile phones called “keitai denwa” or “keitai” became ubiquitous in the land of the rising sun in the years before they became a global phenomenon. Four ways that Japan is the leader of keitai culture.
Japan sets mobile game trends
Nowadays, people in Japan and around the world often play games on their mobile phones, from games specifically designed for mobile phones to online games, such as first-person shooters, MMORPGs and casinos. スロットゲーム (Slot game). However, mobile games have been popular in Japan as early as the early 2000s, and are far from reaching other parts of the world. At that time, Western talents had just begun to discover the mobile game Snake. By 2003, Japanese mobile phones had been able to use various mobile games on Japanese mobile phones, including virtual pet titles, puzzle games and 3D games, and the graphics quality was as high as that of PlayStation games. Namco ranks low in some top games, such as Ridge Racer. Soon, Namco began to export its mobile games to other parts of the world.
Japan has created a camera phone culture
Today, the camera has become an indispensable element of all phones, but it was not until the late 2000s that camera phones became a common phenomenon in the West. But the first commercial camera phone was released in Japan in May 1999: Kyocera Videophone VP-210. A year later, the first mass market camera phone came out. J-SH04 can not only take pictures. It can also send images via email or message, which is the main reason why mobile phones are so successful and paving the way for global camera phone culture.
Japan started selfie culture
Without a camera phone, there would be no selfie age. Japan not only led the trend of using mobile phones to take pictures. Selfie also first appeared in Japan. Its origin comes from the Kawaii culture of Japan, which includes self-expression in the form of beautifying photography. In the 1990s, self-photography has become the main job of Japanese teenagers (especially female students). They will print the photos on the sticker stand and paste them into the Kawaii album.The activity is called Purikura, This is “Printing Club” in Japanese. In order to take advantage of purikura, Japanese mobile phone manufacturers began to include front-facing cameras on their phones to facilitate selfies. The first mobile phone equipped with this camera was the Kyocera Visual Phone VP-210 in 1999.
Emoji start life in Japan
Most people today use emoticons. But did you know that they originated from Japanese mobile phones? Emojis were popular in Japanese mobile phones as early as 1997, but they did not become a global phenomenon until they were added to various systems in the 2010s. Japan’s first Japanese phone with emoji is SkyWalker DP-211SW produced by J-Phone. It supports a set of ninety emojis. Although the high price of mobile phones prevented it from taking off commercially, J-Phone soon became the Japanese Vodafone, and the company expanded its emoji collection for its early iPhone. The most influential emoji collection was created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999. The 176 cell emojis are inspired by Japanese manga, and the characters are usually called manga in the form of symbols. For example, sweat beads may indicate tension. Today, there are thousands of emojis available.