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Difference between Japanese and Chinese Eyes




  • Main Difference

    There are different sets of eyes for people belonging to regions which are different to each other and there are many factors which are involved which make sure the distinctions remain. Chinese and Japanese people look similar in so many ways, but the eyes are very different. The main reason for that is the main part which results in the eye shape for the Japanese is the area under the eyes while the central part which results in the form of Chinese eyes is the area above the eyelids and under the eyes.

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    Comparison Chart

    Basis of Distinction Japanese eyes Chinese eyes
    Origin Belong to the Jōmon, Yayoi people & Some theories suggest Mongol people as well. Belong to the people of the Hoklo, Cantonese and Hakka families of the past.
    Focus Area It is the area under the eyes It is the area above the eyelids and under the eyes.
    Facial Expressions Frown Smile
    Shape Eyes which are round in shape. Eyes which look slanted when the shape is considered.
    Direction Shaped in the upwards direction. Slanted in the downwards direction.
    Prominence Eyes look one of the main features of the face. Eyes look the least prominent feature.
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    Japanese Eyes

    japanese-eyesThere are various differences between the eyes of people belonging from different areas but people from the same areas having distinct features can make for interesting reading. Japanese people are the ones who have eyes which are very different from the ones that people from other countries have. Usually, it is thought that people belonging to the East Asia have facial expressions which are similar to each other but in reality, there are many differences. The Japanese people have a small fold of skin which is present on the lower surface of eyes and between the nose. This part is known as epicanthic fold and is present in people who have the heritage from this descent. The eyes are much wider than others and look smaller in size which is actually not true. The eyes are usually of the same size, but the features look variable because of the opening and make the eyes look short. The eyes are angled towards the upside and therefore give them the shape type which is not as same as people who belong to the East Asia. The primary distinction which is peculiar to these people is that people give the impression which is opposite to that of the smile. These type of slanted eyes are because of the reason that they belong to the Mongol heritage. This is also associated with the climate which is much warmer in these regions and because of which the face and eyes along with the nose are very different from people who belong to other regions, especially Europe.

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    Chinese Eyes

    chinese-eyesThe main thing that gives the distinction to people who belong to China is that they have the epicanthal fold which is present on the upper eyelid and below the eyelashes which cover the inner side of the eye. The main thing is the elevation of the nose which is different in size, but all the other parts are equal. Because of this, the Chinese people get distinct in the eyes and face not only from people around the world but also because of the ones who are in the same area such as Japanese. They give the impression of an automatic smile on the face which is because of the function which is explained above. There are various other reasons because of which this change is visible and that includes geography, age, health and the origin. It is assumed that with age the face expressions tend to change for Chinese people and give them a mature look, the eyes do not stay as stable as before and tend to fall downwards. In the early ages, Chinese people have eyes which look at right angles to each other and are usually bent downwards. This is another difference between Japanese and Chinese eyes were the first ones have the eye mostly upwards. They belong to the family of Hoklo as well as Hakka but the people who migrated from other parts of Asia instead of around the world. One reason they are considered the happy people is the smile they have on their face all the times, which is because of the facial expressions especially the eyes.

    Key Differences

    • The Japanese people have eyes which belong to the Mongol people which ruled the area in the 14th century while the Chinese people have the eyes which belong to the population of the Hoklo, Cantonese and Hakka families of the past.
    • The facial expressions that result because of the eyes of Japanese people is that of a frown while the facial expressions which are caused by Chinese eyes are that of a smile.
    • The Japanese people have eyes which are round in shape while the Chinese people have eyes which look slanted when the form is considered.
    • The Japanese people have eyes which are shaped in the upwards direction while the Chinese people have eyes which are slanted in the downwards direction.
    • The Japanese people have eyes which are bigger in size and are more evident in the face while the Chinese people have eyes which are smaller in size and less prominent.
    • The Japanese people have a face which is longer and wider. Therefore the eyes look one of the main features of the face while the Chinese people have round and smaller face, so the eyes look the least prominent feature.
    • The main part which results in the eye shape for the Japanese is the area under the eyes while the main part which results in the shape of Chinese eyes is the area above the eyelids and under the eyes.