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Japanese brain vs foreigner's brain!

Since I came to Japan, I have learned some very interesting facts about their culture. When I was invited to enjoy ramen (hot soup with noodles and meat) with my friends, I was shocked by the way of their slurping and loud chewing. At that time, I considered rude and not a good manner. Later on, I found out that actually is the contrary, when eating noodles the slurping sound shows how much you are enjoying and appreciating the chef's cooking.It actually explains how tasty is the dish.


Jumping to a different example but still connected to the sound. Have you ever thought about insects' sound? For example, during the hot summer, you will always hear "cicada" wherever you go. For most people that sound is just regular noise, but for Japanese is not. Or have you ever thought that this type of noise is sentimental? Me, I never thought of it this way!


I know you are probably asking what are these two examples has to do with our topic. But indeed it has a lot of connection with the brain. As we all know, the brain is divided into Right and Left side. Each part is in charge of different activities. For example, the right side of the brain is in charge of our creativity, emotions and etc. Foreigners such as Chinese, Korean, and Westerners, receive emotional crying, laughing, insect sounds, and animal sounds in their right brain and process them together with noise.


However, the Japanese receive the sounds of animals or insects and process all of them in their left side of the brain.


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Having this in mind, when foreigners hear an animal sound of insect sound, they translate it as a noise. They are not impressed or attached to it, compared with Japanese people.


The left side of the brain for Japanese has other abilities such as calculation, language, analysis, emotions, animal sounds, and insects sound, etc. This coexistence of emotional intelligence and sounds makes them very unique in the world. They are able to capture a change or small details in their everyday life and appreciate it.


Note* This article is being translated and adjusted according to this blog. References go to Yorokobuya.com


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