Occasionally we see stereotypes saying that the Japanese are all the same, and the same is true of other countries in Asia, where they claim that they all have the same face or look alike. is this really true?
I agree that even today I still have difficulties to differentiate the nationality of an Asian just seeing the person. But the case addressed in this matter is the easy recognition of people of the same nationality.
Suppose you know a Japanese, will you be able to find him in the crowd if you get lost? If a group of Japanese friends take a picture together, will they be confused when they identify?
The Japanese are not the same!
In the same way that we imagine the Japanese all the same and similar. Asians think the same way about Europeans and other Western nationalities. All of this happens because of a simple Bug in the Brain.
A scientific study took Europeans and Japanese and distributed photos of different ethnicities. The study found that volunteers easily decorated faces of people of the same ethnicity as them.
The study came to the conclusion that the same difficulty that Europeans had to identify the photos of the Orientals, the Japanese had to identify the photos of the Europeans.
It wasn't just a recognition test, the scientists examined the volunteers' brains in detail. Simply the Japanese thought those blond Europeans all looked alike and wondered how they managed to differentiate each other.
The extra-striated cortex responsible for facial recognition and other parts of the brain used a much greater effort to try to reach a conclusion as to whether or not that European or Asian face had appeared before.
Aren't the Japanese alike?
Of course, in Brazil things are different from Europeans and Japanese, all because we live in a huge mix of ethnicities. Brazil lives a different reality from most countries in the world.
Even though Japanese faces are easy to identify among themselves. The Japanese have characteristics that standardize and define them. They usually have black hair, are thin and small.
The Japanese also lived in isolation for thousands of years, making diversification much less than in Brazil and other countries. Not to mention healthy eating that preserve that little face.
From my own experience, I easily distinguished my Japanese friends from the crowd, because I was used to seeing their faces. Living with Japanese people, I can see that they have very different faces from each other.
Many Japanese go out of the pattern using different clothing and haircuts. Some even dye their hair, but the vast majority of Japanese people wear the same clothes and the same haircut, further standardizing ethnicity.
It is not enough to live among the Japanese
Studies have concluded that even if you move to Japan, you will still find Japanese people alike. Your brain needs to be literally trained to notice the differences, just as you can differentiate your friends.
We were born in an environment and since baby we see the same face styles that help us to identify the small differences of each one. This ability becomes even smaller in Brazil with so many ethnicities.
The fact that a person never travels or rarely witnesses people of different ethnicity as Asians ends up creating this misconception that everyone is alike or equal. I myself cannot find the Japanese all the same because I live with Japanese culture.
The same happens within Brazil itself, we can see striking similarities in the Brazilians of each state. There are similarities between the Indians, Northeasterners, Gauchos and many other states and regions.