Lonely feelings from disappearing items in Japan


At the world marches on, fixtures from our childhood become outdated and start to disappear, leaving just an empty feeling behind. This survey from goo Ranking looked at what disappearing items make the Japanese feel lonely


Between the 21th and 24th of October 2008 1,056 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were female, 5.0% in their teens, 13.2% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 31.5% in their forties, 13.1% in their fifties, and 8.8% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I can think of a lot of intangible items I miss, but as for the tangible, I do miss line printers with fan-fold paper! As a developer, running over a set of A4 pages with too much word-wrapping is just not as satisfying nor as productive as a heap of fan-fold. From the list, 18, quiz programs with members of the public is the one I can most identify with.

Ranking result

Q: The recent disappearance of what things leaves you feeling lonely? (Sample size=1,056)

Rank   Score
1 Public telephones 100
2 Exchanging letters 88.0
3 Privately-owned shops 71.9
4 Neighbourhood sweet shops 68.4
5 Children’s secret hideouts 61.0
6 Open fields 52.3
7 Sleeper trains 48.5
8 Natural forests, mountains in the back garden 48.0
9 Lifetime employment 46.4
10 Funfair on department store rooftops 46.4
11 Dining cars on trains 45.7
12 Being friends with the neighbours 45.4
13 Fields, rice paddies 44.1
14 Japanese style veranda 42.9
15 Mobile shops (tofu, milk, wind chimes, food carts, etc) 38.5
16 Seasonal features 38.0
17 Old-style coffee shops 31.6
18 Quiz programmes featuring members of the public 29.1
19 Back streets 28.3
20 Film cameras 26.8
21 Local festivals 25.5
22 Mosquito nets 24.5
23 Chindon-ya, advertising marching bands 22.7
24 Historical plays 21.4
25 “Nomi-nication”, the Japanese for “drink” stuck on the head of “communication” 19.6
26 Magazines 19.4
27 Juvenile gangs 12.5
28 Mobile libraries 12.2
29 Rental video 12.0
30 Pin-up idol audition programmes 9.7
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1 Comment »

  1. Lurker said,
    August 27, 2011 @ 14:42

    Juvenile gangs?! Really??

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