しょうとくたいし [shoutoku taishi] – Prince Shoutoku (573-621) is a Japanese historical figure famous for his purported ability to comprehend many voices talking at the same time. When his name comes up in conversation today, it’s usually a reference to this ability.

One of the activities on the (Japanese version) Nintendo DS Brain Age game is entitled Shoutoku Taishi, the object of which is to identify a particular word from a number of simultaneous utterances.

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