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.

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


For reference, another example of henohenomoheji in anime:

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

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
    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
    Mob character. Background character.


The phrase "no" no ji me 「の」字目, "eyes of the の character," refers to eyes that look like the no の character. That is, eyes that look like they're looking toward the side, even if they aren't part of a henohenomoheji face.

For example:

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)

A synonym would be "no" no ji no me 「の」の字の目.

Note that the no の character looks like the iris is on the left side. If the iris is on the right side instead, it could be described as:
  • gyaku "no" no ji no me
    Reverse の character eyes.
  • gyaku nonojime
    (same meaning.)


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