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Monday, February 17, 2020

henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ

In Japanese, henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ refers to a face drawn using the hiragana characters he へ for eyebrows and mouth, no の for eyes, mo も for nose, and ji じ for outline, though this last ji じ is often omitted.

It's also called hehenonomoheji へへののもへじ.

Moegi Emo 萌黄えも, example of henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ.
Character: Moegi Emo 萌黄えも
Anime: Kiratto Pri☆chan, キラッとプリ☆チャン (Season 2) (Episode 20)

Examples

For reference, some examples of henohenomoheji:

A face drawn using the henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ characters.
Source: wikimedia.org (Public Domain)

Example of henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ.
Anime: En'en no Shouboutai 炎炎ノ消防隊 (Episode 24)

Sakuragi Hinako 桜木ひな子, transformed into a scarecrow.
Character: Sakuragi Hinako 桜木ひな子
Anime: Hinako Note, ひなこのーと (Episode 1)
  • kakashi
    案山子
    Scarecrow.

A teruteru bouzu てるてる坊主 with a henohenomoheji へのへのもへじ face
Anime: Toradora! とらドラ! (Episode 8)
  • teruteru bouzu
    てるてる坊主
    A charm used to control the rain.

Background characters with eyes shaped like the の character.
Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (Episode 射手座の日)
  • mobu kyara
    モブキャラ
    Mob character. Background character.

ほら ・・・ さっぱりさっぱり しっぱい
Manga: Mahoujin Guruguru 魔法陣グルグル (Chapter 4, ジェム平原)
  • Context: Kukuri ククリ correctly drew a "magic circle," mahoujin 魔法陣, but only after countless failures. She shows the failed magic circles to Nike ニケ.
  • hora
    ほら
    See.
  • ...
  • sappari sappari
    さっぱりさっぱり
    (in this series, the sappari fairy is summoned whenever something silly happens.)
    • sappari
      さっぱり
      Completely. Specially in the sense of completely clean. (mimetic word.)
      (typically used as an abbreviation of)
    • sappari wakaranai
      さっぱりわからない
      To completely not know.
      To have absolutely no idea.
  • shippai
    しっぱい
    Failure.

By the way, sometimes characters' eyes are drawn like the no の character due to the iris being at the corner of the eye. This may get called nonojinome 「の」の字の目.

Shinonome Nano 東雲なの, example of nonojime 「の」の字目.
Character: Shinonome Nano 東雲なの
Anime: Nichijou 日常 (Episode 7)

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