As reported many times, the lack of emojis is one reason for a kinda slow iPhone intrusion into the japanese market.
Someone clever created a little nifty gateway to allow for such a send on the japanese carrier networks.
Just point your iPhone to https://www.utilz.jp/x2/mail.jsp
The trick -and a potentially dangerous one- ? You need a Gmail account and the site wants both your userID and password.
As it’s a send-only tool, this won’t resolve the fact that the iPhone is unable to receive such emoji, transcoding them instead into strange ASCII characters.
For those who don’t speak a word of Japanese, Jared on theiphoneinjapan.com forums offers this translation:
送信先メールアドレス recipient address
クリックで編集 click to edit
Have tons of fun and comment if you decide to try it.
[Original source: http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ryoji02260209/56693673.html]
[UPDATE: possible introduction of official emoji with next firmware update: read more]