Culture shock! Head size matters カルチャーショック・小顔

Culture shock! Head size matters カルチャーショック・小顔

Hey guys! Today we have an interesting subject to talk about. This is actually one of the biggest things I had a culture shock about when I first came to Japan. Was it that surprising? Yes, because I’d never heard of it before I got here! I don’t know how I didn’t know. I watched so many YouTube videos about Japan before I came here. But apparently, something that’s a really big thing here about attractiveness is the size of your face. Kogao (small face) Or like the size of your head. Yeah, they say face, but they’re actually talking about the size of your head. Japanese people will say, “Oh, you have such a small face!” which is a compliment. It’s really good here to have a small face, or a small head, and it’s not so good to have a-
-Huge head.
-…larger head. And that’s a real thing. This a real, nationwide, everyone-in-Japan-knows-about-it thing here. This isn’t one of those trendy
“HURR JAPAN’S BEING SO WEIRD RIGHT NOW” “But actually only a dozen people are doing it!” things. Like whenever you go out shopping, you get comments like “KAO CHISSA!” which means like “UAGHH HER FACE IS SO SMALL!” You guys might be really confused. I’ll try my best to explain it. In general, and I don’t know how far this extends, like I don’t know if it’s all East Asians, but Japanese people tend to have larger sized heads in proportion to the size of their body, compared to Westerners. When I went to America, everyone seemed to have smaller faces. How do they measure it, though? Well, I did look up some research on this. Oh, you did? Of course I would look up research. But when you get on Google Scholar or Google and you start trying to look up scientific articles on the size of heads compared to races, you get a lot of people trying to prove that certain races have naturally higher IQs than other races because they have larger brains and cranial capacities. Oh, because they have larger brains? And I did not get a good feeling from those articles so I don’t know if I trust them. I just kind of pushed them aside. But almost all of them did end up saying that East Asians had the largest head size. Oh, really? Yeah, they looked at cranial capacity, so I think that’s like the overall volume inside where you could have brain space. And I have to warn our Japanese viewers watching this! Do NOT go to America and say, “Ugh I have such a big head.” Because that has a completely different meaning! We have nothing like this in America. If you’re talking about the size of your “head”, you’re referring to something else. So don’t talk about the size of your head in America. So I think the average was 57 centimeters. 57 centimeters? Head size? Do you want me to measure your head? We’re gonna measure our heads. From here to here. You’re 58cm. Oh really? So it’s a little above average. Yeah, you’re 58.5 cm. Okay. It’s not like I’m 60cm. I’m sorry. So that’s average Japanese? Male. Oh, average male Japanese head size.
Yep, I looked it up. Yep. I’m sorry, Jun! No, I’m not embarrassed at all. I don’t care anymore. Did you care? Did you ever care? No, not really. Until I met you. Really? You have a freaking small head! Okay, for female it’s 54.5 cm. 53 maybe?
[It was actually 52 cm] Yeah, it’s tiny. So your head is…
5.5 cm bigger than you. You’re just slightly above average, and I’m a little below average. Yep. But I’m also a lot taller than Japanese women. That makes it even worse. Can we compare our head sizes? Okay.
Look into the camera.
Okay. Let’s compare. You need to know how small your head is. It’s freaking tiny. I know it’s small… It’s tiny! If I had a larger face, would you still have been attracted to me? Yeah, I think so. Really? Yep. What if my face was like this? Are you indirectly offending me? That’s my face size. Okay, I won’t do that, then. Okay well I don’t care about your face size. Okay. I’m glad. I like you the way you are. Thank you. Some Japanese people who have the smaller, Western-sized heads, They’re considered to have very attractive head sizes. Like an idol, celebrity, and model. Yeah, people like that often tend to be like models or actors or actresses because they have such an attractive head size. The first time I came to Japan, that’s when I learned about this head size/face size thing. And at first I had no idea what they were talking about. I couldn’t tell that there was any difference. But now that I’ve gotten used to it and I’ve seen it so much, I’m able to see the difference. But I still don’t care! Because I wasn’t raised in a society- I’m jealous. -where people talked about the size of your head. I don’t care. I don’t care, and I feel really uncomfortable when I take pictures with my Japanese friends here. Because they’ll look at the pictures afterward and they’ll be like, “Oh, I’m so embarrassed! My head’s so big!” And I’m like, “Don’t be embarrassed! It’s a nice picture! I’m happy to take a picture with you!” And they’ll be like, “Oh your face is so small. I’m so embarrassed.” And I feel bad because they feel bad about it. But I don’t care at all. I want to explain this to our Japanese viewers because I don’t think we have anything in America that you guys just never cared about. So I’ve been thinking about how I could make Japanese people understand, and I had to come up with a fake example. So this is not a real thing in America. All right, let’s hear you out. But how I would compare the head size/face size thing in Japan would be is: if you went to America and found out there’s this thing where people with pointy elbows were really embarrassed about their elbows, but people with SQUARE elbows… Those are attractive elbows. And whenever you took a picture with your friends, the people with pointy elbows would hide their elbows so they didn’t show up in the picture. Or if they showed up in the picture, they’d be like, “Oh, I’m so embarrassed about my pointy elbow!” You wouldn’t care at all! You wouldn’t care. And then if people were just constantly saying to you on the street, “Ah! Your square elbows are soo attractive! Geez.” Like how do you feel about that? Like… thank you…? But… I don’t know. So if you’re Japanese and you have a larger head, you don’t have to be embarrassed about it because when you meet a foreigner, they’re probably not going to care at all. It’s probably not going to affect their attraction for you at all. It’s just not a thing. So today was a little cultural lesson on face here in Japan. I hope you learned something! Thanks for watching! I’ll see you guys later! Bye!

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “Culture shock! Head size matters カルチャーショック・小顔

  1. It's like the double-eyelid thing. Took me a while before I got to understand what double-eyelids were and why it was such a big deal for east-asian people.

  2. taking out measuring tape, out of curiosity, Darn, my head isn't metric…. wait a minute, (flipping tape over. ) Well, as long as I can find hats and helmets there, that won't complicate any travel plans. 🙂

  3. Oh my gosh my white American husband has a centimeter larger head then Jun. 😜I have pointy elbows very pointy!

  4. Big head in Canada means arrogant or conceited, like if you do something that you are really proud of , somebody would look at you and say… look at you and your big head lol big head is not a compliment.

  5. I feel like it's the opposite in popular American culture. The larger the face, the larger the features, the better

  6. Thanks for the video! おもしろかった!
    I had a question about the slang you used in your video " it's a real thing!" What does "thing" mean in that context? Thanks in advance❤

  7. My boyfriend always screws with me about having a big head, or a super round head lol I will admit it makes me feel a bit insecure likee wth!! 😂

  8. my head is 80 cm. Im a big guy so it doesnt look that big but it makes my shoulders look more narrow unless there is another male to compare with

  9. I can definitely think of something for non-japanese have that is usually compared (dunno if its England exclusive though) but definitely knees or thigh gaps for girls- knobbly knees are so frowned upon, if you got a thigh gap then you're 'more attractive'. Just thought of something else actually, that ik is in America. Dimples. you got dimples, you're 'attractive'

  10. I think you've mixed up with skull length to head circumference. Head length is what is considered attractive in fashion industry. That's why most "supermodels" have really small heads in terms of length compared to their body length. No, the circumference does not equal to the length of your skull. that's crazy talk, tried that theory myself.

  11. Do women in Japan say "My tits are down here ?!?!?" Because men are co instantly staring at their face ?

  12. Sharp noses, big eyes, and fair skin determine beauty in my family. Guess whose got all three? Meee!

  13. Omg I didn’t know about small heads nor pointy elbows… (I’m from France). One more proof that attractivity is a lot about culture. It’s not rational.

  14. This is super interesting to me. I've always hated how small my head is compared to the rest of my body

  15. I am japanese but born in Brazil. I´ve always been embarrassed about my head size not because I learned this from Japan, but because you can REALLY NOTICE it in the pictures with other people!!! I always try to be a little bit behind in a group picture. Trying to find the best haircut to make my head more discreet.
    Also, people have commented already about my head size in Brazil and I ended up feeling really bad about it. It´s something impossible to change about myself.

  16. My head size is in the 90th percentile in America lol. Never really thought about it.

  17. That racial Eugenics thing has been disproven so many times it's good you left that out. The only determining factor of whether or not you are a genius is the density of your neurons so the more neurons you have in clusters the more powerful your intelligence and imagination becomes, this was documented when they examined the brain of Einstein.

  18. I'd say to your friends and viewers that your height has everything to do as to why your head is smaller.

  19. Also when people say you have a big head in America they’re often trying to call you stuck up, or overly confident and not actually talking about your head size lol

  20. as an american i’m not gonna lie even seeing the thumbnail i still had a suspicion this video was about the,,,,other,,,,,,,head

  21. When you think about it, aren't all of our perceived flaws like that? – Not an actual thing. Just some group's idea about looks.

    Appreciate Japan giving us some perspective thanks to their thing for small heads 😆

  22. oh you have a big head
    means your really smart
    or you can say it diffrently and means you have a big dick
    small means stupied or just small

  23. Ok now i feel really bad O_o my head size is 57 cm i am female 180 cm tall and my husbands head is 59 with 185 cm tall. I really dont know if its normal because we dont care here in germany about this. But if you say east asian people have big heads now i feel like i have a balloon head. :3

  24. Something similar in America would probably be weight or body size because generally speaking that is something people here get embarrassed about

  25. IQ differences based on race are true. It may not be a fun or easy subject to discuss (for some), still, doesn't make it any less real.

  26. Pretty sure shes making this up. Wheres her stats? Did she do a study where she asked 500,000 japanese people how they feel about size of faces? Baseless rumors she spreading.

  27. well I have 51.5 so yeah. I legally thought I had a big head apparently I have a small head. Yay for me😄 now I'm happy.

  28. For a nation which seems like value intelegence it seems a little ironic to find a smaller head size more attractive. And as the guy who's head is two big to wear any hat or cap without adjusting to the largest setting, I cri.

  29. Jun your small, in your head size.
    I'm large in my head size, I'm 59cm and that's large in Australia.
    Most of my friends have head size of 54-56.
    Big head, big brain, or my ego so large.

  30. 日本人が顔のサイズを気にし出したのは、戦後からだと思います。

  31. I’m a little surprised. Because Japan is so into Kawaii traits. Cute kittens, puppies and babies have big heads relative to their body size. So this is confusing.

  32. so… I'm apparently not very attractive in terms of head size lol.
    I have a 24 inch head, or for those using centimeters, 61 centimeters…

  33. So I'm 6 foot tall and a 60cm head. How would that generally seem to Japanese people? Attractive or unattractive?

  34. Is having a small head for both males and females considered attractive in Japan or just females? I can understand maybe for females but not males.

  35. I've got teased by my small head and tiny framed face. My pale skin. My skinny body. Looks like I would fit in alright in Japan. :')

  36. There is a thing here where women are sad about their breast size but of course that doesn't translate over to men.
    Men here are concerned about their arm size, most try to hide that they have no musculature or go to great lengths to become super big in muscle size especially if they have a small genitalia problem. There are real similarities but nothing that fits both genders here in the USA

  37. メディアに刷り込まれた意識だよね


  38. I feel/ know the reason we don’t care about that type of stuff here in the US is because of the diversity in most areas

  39. As an American I've never heard the elbow thing but I was always raised to believe that having a larger head is better because it is more photogenic.

  40. having a small head(small brain) is never a bless and in fact this has nothing to do with the absolute size of your head it's about the can have a very large head which is narrow in the front but long on the u understand the cephalic index?that's what i what matters is how narrow ur face is in comparison to your face length in ratio.ok?it's all abt the ratio.not the absolute head size.

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