One evening at a Japanese restaurant, my girlfriend (now wife) and I were talking about her facial recognition problem. I thought of creating a web site that tests people’s facial recognition ability. She thought it would be more interesting if the site was about telling Asian people apart. And, this is how this site came about.

I’ve always thought that it was one of those urban myths that you can tell different Asians apart. Especially if I can’t see what they are wearing, I don’t think that I can tell them apart. And, I’m an Asian myself. I’ve been living in the US for over 15 years and I’ve heard some people tell me I definitely look Japanese, while others thought that I don’t at all. Some people boastfully claim that they can tell the difference no problem, while others quietly admit that they can’t. Even with those who claim they can, is it really true that they can? Maybe there is something to be said about someone saying “You guys all look the same!” Or, maybe they just don’t know any better. This site, therefore, is a way for me to demystify this issue once and for all.

I hope you enjoy and benefit at the same time from this site.

Dyske Suematsu