Interpersonal communication on the Japanese concept ''Ma''

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''Ma'' is a Japanese word that contains very rich meanings. It is used commonly to refer space, time, and things in between by Japanese. The mutual understanding and agreement of such concept by group individuals is a key to sustain social harmonics. In the past, this concept is primarily discussed in literature/humanity fields, and little in scientific and engineering communities. In this presentation, I will try to offer a few examples (e.g. music appreciation of silence, Japanese comic story-telling, Rakugo) to demonstrate that it is possible to use an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the concept of ''Ma'' scientifically. Furthermore, this may provide a starting point for designers and engineers to device into the interpersonal communication on other abstract concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-5
Number of pages4
JournalAcoustical Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Interpersonal communication
  • Japanese comic story-telling
  • Ma
  • Silence in music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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