In the Zelda video game guidebook I am translating there is a part of the game where you transform into a wolf and have to rely on your senses. The title of this section of the guidebook is

センスを研ぎ澄ませ! Sharpen your senses!

However in the body copy I see this line:

また、センスで嗅覚も研ぎ澄まされることを覚えておこう。 Again, you should sharpen your sense of smell

However 嗅覚 is "sense of smell". So why is this not simply


Why does it use the word "センス"

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    I'm guessing that センス is used as game-specific concept instead of the more common 五感. In normal Japanese, センス is usually more used in the sense of "common sense" (or maybe "intuition") than "the 5 senses".
    – dainichi
    May 15, 2014 at 8:22
  • I know センス only in the context of fashion sense, so a always well dressed person could be described as センスがある人. But since your example comes from gaming, the meaning might widen.
    – panmari
    May 17, 2014 at 10:08

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The で is like "by". You can rewrite the sentence as:


So I think it literally says...

Sharpen your センス(=probably "intuition" as in @dainichi's comment)!
And, remember that your sense of smell will also be sharpened by your (sharpened) センス/intuition.


An alternative translation that accounts for the センス:

  • センスで嗅覚も研ぎ澄まされることを覚えておこう。
    Of the senses, remember that your sense of smell will also be sharpened.
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    Possibly the voter also thinks センス refers to "intuition" rather than all senses?
    – Tim
    May 17, 2014 at 10:09
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