"Kansei" is related to emotion and cognition and sociologically is
related to culture and history. Historically, the origin of the concept of
"Kansei" as a Japanese term goes back to "Aesthesis" by
Aristotle and "Aesthetics" concepts by Baumgarten and Kant. When this
concept was imported to Japan in Meiji era, about 150 years ago, the concept was
translated as "Bigaku" or the science of beauty as well as was
translated as "Kansei" or the concept with the connotation including
sensitivity, sensibility, emotion and feeling. Hence Kansei is related to the
science of beauty in its historical background in Japan.
(Japan Society of Kansei Engineering) started a series of KEER (Kansei
Engineering and Emotion Research) conference and ISASE (International Symposium
on Affective Science and Engineering) in the latter sense of aesthetics. This
is a peculiar situation of the Japanese language. Similarly, the term
"Kansei" can be interpreted differently from country to country, and
from culture to culture.
This symposium is organized to discuss the concept of "Kansei"
from different cultural perspectives. For example, "kawaii" is
now used internationally as can be found in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawaii)
and OED. At the same time, this symposium aims not only to differentiate
the differences among various cultures, but also expects to find out the
common aspects based on the fact that we are all the human beings with
the emotional system and the cognitive system.