- 神戸女学院大学論集 = KOBE COLLEGE STUDIES
- vol.57, no.1, pp.125-132, 2010-06-30
According a research in the brain science research field. it was suggested that foreign people recognized the sound of insects as noise. However, Lafcadio Hearn from Greek admired the sound of the cicada. Therefore, it is supposed that some other nations as well as the Japanese can sympathize with the sound of insects. In this research, a pilot survey about the impression of "like" or "dislike" on the sound of insects was conducted for the Japanese and other nations. Field interview to the Japanese and foreign visitors to Japan was carried out in Kyoto from July to November, 2009. Answers by "like" or "dislike" of the impression from 450 foreigners and 100 Japanese people were obtained on the sound of five sorts of insects: Teleogryllus emma, Oncotympana maculaticollis, ampsocleis buergeri, Homoeogryllus japonicus, Tanna japonensis. People in the total of 35 nations cooperated in this research. As a result, it was suggested that the impression on the sound of five insects between foreign people and Japanese people had similarity. On the other hand, the ratio of the number of people, who answered "like" or "dislike", was defferent between foreign countries and Japan. Furthemore, the following issues were understood by the result from nine foreign nations, where the samples of ten or more people were collected. 1) The impression of "like" or "dislike" on the sound of insects would be different from each nation. It cannot be caught only by a framework of Jspsnrdr people and foreign people. 2) Distinction of "like" or "dislike" cannot be relevant to the sound by one concept of "insects". That is, impression of the sound may depend on the kind of the insect.