July 2023

Celebrating World Emoji Day

Did you know that NTT invented the Emoji? Yuko Sasahara, a member of the team, and Shigetaka Kurita from NTT DOCOMO created the Emoji in 1999 to convey information in a simple, succinct way. Their legacy lives on today as Emoji unlocks new ways for people to express themselves and who they are as individuals. We celebrate the legacy of the emoji in an ever-evolving communications landscape that has become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.


Yiying Lu
Fast Company Most Creative Person in Business. Artist of the Dumpling, Boba Tea & emojis and other iconic art
Rika Nakazawa
Group Vice President. New Ventures & Innovation, Head of Americas Sustainability, NTT Ltd
Marguerite Gong Hancock
Moderator. Vice President, Innovation & Programming and Director, Exponential Center of Computer History Museum
Megan Dahlgren
VP NTT Experience Center
(San Francisco)
The Experience Podcast
The world’s most familiar face
Emoji have revolutionized the way the world communicates.
See how this once groundbreaking yet now all-too-familiar tool was born from a series of hurdles and limitations.

NTT Experience Center