The Japanese Female Facial Expression (JAFFE) Database

The database contains 213 images of 7 facial expressions (6 basic facial expressions + 1 neutral) posed by 10 Japanese female models. Each image has been rated on 6 emotion adjectives by 60 Japanese subjects. The database was planned and assembled by Michael Lyons, Miyuki Kamachi, and Jiro Gyoba. We thank Reiko Kubota for her help as a research assistant. The photos were taken at the Psychology Department in Kyushu University.

How to obtain access to the images:

The JAFFE database is available free of charge for use in non-commerical research.
Information about how to download the images is available here.
(Note: following this link requires running a proof-of-work algorithm, which should take only a minute. This helps to offset our operating costs.)

Publications with information about the JAFFE database

Coding Facial Expressions with Gabor Wavelets
Michael J. Lyons, Shigeru Akamatsu, Miyuki Kamachi & Jiro Gyoba
Proceedings, Third IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition,
April 14-16 1998, Nara Japan, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 200-205. (478K PDF)

Automatic Classification of Single Facial Images
Michael J. Lyons, Julien Budynek, & Shigeru Akamatsu
IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence 21 (12): 1357-1362 (1999). (1.7M PDF)

Evidence and a computational explanation of cultural differences in facial expression recognition.
Matthew N Dailey, Carrie Joyce, Michael J Lyons, Miyuki Kamachi, Hanae Ishi, Jiro Gyoba, & Garrison W Cottrell
Emotion, Vol 10(6), Dec 2010, 874-893. (717k PDF)

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