With the university enrollment season upon us (Japan starts in April rather than September or October), goo Ranking had a short survey looking at how university freshers from the regions tend to be when they come to Tokyo.
Over the 9th and 10th of January 2013 1,072 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 59.4% of the sample were female, 8.5% in their teens, 14.1% in their twenties, 29.8% in their thirties, 27.1% in their forties, 10.4% in their fifties, and 10.2% 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 left my back-of-beyond home to go to Scotland’s capital to study, but perhaps because in the UK there is less of likelyhood to study in your home town – hmm, is there really? Many of my Japanese colleagues did so, but in my class of about 30 in university, there was maybe just one (none at all?) from Edinburgh itself – such a distinction is less likely to be made?
Q: How do university freshers from the regions tend to be when they come to Tokyo to enroll? (Sample size=1,072)
Rank Score 1 They try their hardest to hide their dialect but get all embarrassed when some slips out 100 2 They ask fellow freshers where they are from, and feel relieved when they are from even further away 89.2 3 They get all excited when their friends tell them about the famous people they’ve seen 68.4 4 After eating out and convenience store meals, they get homesick for their parents’ home cooking 63.1 5 They splurge all their allowance, and get perplexed by poverty 59.0 6 They get emotional about going to restaurants written about in magazines 56.1 7 They cannot shake off “Aren’t city folk cold?” and other biases 54.2 8 They get ecstatic when they get asked to be a hair salon model 47.0 9 After holidays they come back in new clothes, hair cuts, etc 46.3 10 They get lonely living alone so hang out at their friends’ homes 44.6 11 They try to meet up with friends in front of Shibuya Hachiko, Shinjuku Alta, etc 43.6 12 They encounter a famous person they look up to, and secretly hope that they can become friends 37.3 13 University campus is too large, and they get lost moving between classes 36.4 14 They get excited when they see their address starts with “Tokyo City” 33.5 15 They frantically look for a boyfriend/girlfriend at society, circle welcoming parties 32.3 16 When they meet up with other people from the same area, they talk about how they differ from the city kids 28.4 17 They think that everyone who tries to talk to them at stations have ill intent 28.2 18 They carry their bag across their chests to try avoid having their wallet stolen 22.7 19 When they use dialect they bask in the attention for a second then get all embarrassed 22.4 20 They often wear their favourite clothes 21.9