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Kansei Engineering / Sense Engineering

gǎn xìng gōng xué
kansei kougaku
Kansei Engineering / Sense Engineering Scroll

In short, kansei engineering involves collecting data on human experiences with a product, and then designing or engineering improvements based on those experiences or "senses". Some may define this as "engineering around the human experience".

There is a lot more to know about kansei but if you are looking for this word, you probably already know the big picture.

Note: This term is very new in China, and only used by businesses, factories, and engineers that are implementing TQM principles. While the characters have the same base meaning in both languages, this is really a Japanese title that is flowing back into the Chinese language (in history, most things flowed from China to Japan). To a Chinese person that is not familiar with this concept, they may interpret this as "sense vocational studies", which doesn't make much sense. You may have to explain the intended meaning to some Chinese viewers. But that can make it a great conversation piece.

感性工學 is also a newer term in Korean, and is only used in certain parts of industry, with the definition of "Sensory Engineering". Not yet in widespread use in Korea.

See Also:  Kaizen

Kai Zen / Kaizen

gǎi shàn
kai zen
Kai Zen / Kaizen Scroll

改善 means betterment, improvement, to make better, or to improve - specifically incremental and continuous improvement.

改善 became very important in post-war Japan when Edwards Deming came to Japan to teach concepts of incremental and continuous improvement (for which the big 3 auto-makers did not want to hear about at the time - even kicking Deming out of their offices). The Japanese workforce absorbed this concept at a time with their culture was in flux and primed for change.

This kaizen term is closely associated with the western title "Total Quality Management". Perhaps dear to my heart since I spent years studying this at university before I moved to China where TQM did not seem to exist. Slowly, this concept has entered China as well (I've actually given lectures on the subject in Beijing).

If you are trying to improve processes at your business or need to remind yourself of your continuous TQM goals, this would be a great wall scroll to hang behind your desk, or in your workplace.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kansei Engineering
Sense Engineering
kansei kougaku
kansei kogaku
gǎn xìng gōng xué
gan3 xing4 gong1 xue2
gan xing gong xue
kan hsing kung hsüeh
Kai Zen
改善kai zen / kaizengǎi shàn / gai3 shan4 / gai shan / gaishankai shan / kaishan
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (adj-na,adj-no,n) dry; dryness; dry (pleurisy)


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (personal name) Kansei


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 kanshou;kansei(ik) / kansho;kanse(ik) / かんしょう;かんせい(ik) (formal salutation for a brief letter) Forgive me for dispensing with the preliminaries, but I hasten to inform you that...


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (surname) Kansei



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quàn qǐng / quan4 qing3
ch`üan ch`ing / chüan ching
to persuade


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (out-dated kanji) battle cry


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい shout


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wán chéng / wan2 cheng2
wan ch`eng / wan cheng
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
to complete; to accomplish
(noun/participle) (1) complete; completion; (noun/participle) (2) perfection; accomplishment; (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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guān zhì / guan1 zhi4
kuan chih
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
the civil service system; the bureaucratic system
government-regulated organization or facility, etc. (organisation)


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (noun - becomes adjective with の) government-manufactured


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい Kansei era (1789.1.25-1801.2.5); (given name) Hiromasa


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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gǎn xìng / gan3 xing4
kan hsing
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
perception; perceptual; sensibility; sensitive; emotional; sentimental
sensitivity; sensitiveness; sense (of ...)



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guàn xìng / guan4 xing4
kuan hsing
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
(physics) inertia; (fig.) force of habit; tendency to do things in the accustomed way; habitual
{physics} inertia


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい cheer; shout of joy


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (archaism) (written) history



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hàn xìng / han4 xing4
han hsing
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
Han surname; Chinese surname
Chinese surname; Chinese family name


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (obscure) well with good-tasting water; (surname) Amai


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (place-name) Kansei


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guǎn zhì / guan3 zhi4
kuan chih
 kansei / kanse / かんせい
to control; to restrict; (PRC law) non-custodial sentence with specified restrictions on one's activities for up to 3 years (e.g. not to participate in demonstrations)
(noun/participle) (1) control (by the state); controlling; coordination; (2) (abbreviation) (See 航空交通管制) air traffic control


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (personal name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (given name) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (surname) Kansei


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 kansei / kanse / かんせい (archaism) tranquillity; quiet; (personal name) Shizuyasu

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