A tedious New Year for all my readers!


No, that’s not a comment on this blog’s contents (I hope), but instead the theme of a goo Ranking survey into when one feels it tedious spending the New Year holiday at the family home.


Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% 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.

Here’s what I find tedious about Japanese New Year, standing in queues like these for shrines and temples.

New Year

Living so far away from home and having few opportunities to visit, there is little I feel is tedious regarding spending the Christmas and New Year holiday there, especially as my parents tend to spoil me, so I can lie in as long as I like but there is always food waiting, washing gets done without my intervention, etc. Perhaps only number 15 gets tedious.

On the other hand, regarding number 13 there was something my father said about 13 Christmases ago that I think I remember as being tedious at the time, but it kicked off a chain of events that resulted in me getting married. And I still haven’t forgiven the bugger yet. (No no, darling, that was a joke!)

Ranking results

Q1: What are the tedious things about spending the New Year holiday at the family home? (Sample size=1,049)

Rank   Score
1 Television is only on for New Year-themed programmes 100
2 There’s nowhere to go to enjoy myself 40.3
3 I’ve no time for myself 37.7
4= It’s much colder than my own place 28.6
4= The only thing fun is movies and dramas, etc 28.6
6 Having to give the children otoshidama, New Year gifts of cash 26.3
7 New Year food 24.3
8 Being made to do the spring cleaning 18.0
9 Horrible internet connection 17.1
10 Talking with mother 13.4
11 Talking with relatives’ children 12.6
12 Being taken along to do the shopping 11.4
13 Talking with father 10.3
14 Being asked about boyfriends/girlfriends, marriage plans, etc 10.0
15 Being asked about how I’m keeping myself (food, etc) 9.1
16 Being arm-twisted into filial piety 8.6
17 Having to look after the relatives’ children 8.3
18 Talking with the neighbours 8.0
19 Talking with my siblings 7.1
20 Talking with my grannie 3.7
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