Smiles are a universal language.
The USA: Smiling is considered polite and is generally a prerequisite for social situations. Americans are often thought more likely to smile at strangers walking down the street than Europeans. ‘Service with a smile’, is an American tradition. This type of enforced, superficial smile has been dubbed the ‘Pan-Am Smile’, after the American airline company whose hostesses were required to look happy at all times.
Japan: The Japanese culture is traditionally thought of as one that suppresses strong displays of emotion. People are less likely to smile or frown with their mouths in a social situation, or smile for a driver’s license photo. The Japanese take emotional cues from people’s eyes more frequently than their mouths. This is reflected in the difference between Western emoticons and Japanese emoji.
Here’s a digital spin on things:
Smiley face :- ) ^_^
Sad face :- ( ;_;
Surprised :-O O_O
Winking face ;- ) ^_~
Angry face >:-( >_<