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Almost two in three Japanese dissatisfied with their sleep

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How satisfied are you with your sleep? graph of japanese statistics

IDC Otsuka furniture chain recently released the results of a survey they conducted last year into sleep, in apparently an effort to sell some mattresses, given that the second half of the press release was an advertisement for some mattresses.

I’m totally dissatisfied with my sleep; the sleep itself is sound enough, but far too short. If you count sleeping on the train, and on the sofa at home, I think I just manage five hours…

In Japan chronic sleep deprivation starts from an early age:

Wake Up
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Older Japanese more likely to have dated foreigners

Here is a new-to-me survey company, Qzoo, who conducted a survey on behalf of Sirabee into dating foreigners.

It’s just a single question survey, but the figures were interesting to me, and hopefully to my readers too. However, there is a huge question; why have just one or two percent of those in their thirties dated a foreigner? The foreigner population is round about 2%, so by random choice, if was just a single partner that people had, it would be correct, but with multiple partners, plus given the stereotype that many younger single Japanese have never had a date, the ratio of foreigners in the dating pool may be higher than the raw 2%.

By area of residence, the survey pointed out that the third-most popular tourist spot for foreigners is Disneyland and Disney Sea in Chiba, but it would seem that Mickey is more attractive than the opposite sex.

Here’s a foreigner with his Japanese wife pouring him a beer – wish I could train mine like that!

Foreigner with Japanese woman, okimoni by Tomoyuki, also called Ogura Kikutei, 1800s, ivory - Robert Hewson Pruyn collection - Albany Institute of History and Art - DSC08310
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Over 85% of non-smokers try to avoid smoky places

Will you sit in smoking areas? graph of japanese statistics
A hot topic in Japan, and the subject of bills currently being drafted in response to the requirement from the IOC for the Olympic host city to be smoke-free, is smoking and non-smoking, the subject of a survey by IRRC and their Hoken Clinic insurance sales shops.

The current proposal is to make every eating and drinking establishment over 30 square metres either all non-smoking or to have a walled-off smoking area.

The current situation is such that I basically do not go out to eat anywhere other than shopping malls and department store restaurant floors as places there are either smoke-free or clearly labelled as smoking, so I know where to avoid. It annoys me greatly that all the news coverage has shop-owners moaning about losing business, yet in the rest of the world smoking bans have led overall to more customers, but such an opinion is never touched upon.

Unfortunately, when we have work dos, despite no-one in our team choosing to smoke, it is invariably a smoking restuarant we end up in.
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What tourist information people check before coming to Japan

The Japan information site DiGJAPAN, which runs various lanugage Facebook pages and apps for tourists, recently counted up the number of views on their various Facebook articles, and came up with 2016’s most popular Facebook pages for inbound tourists.

The rankings were generated from the number of Likes for their 2,072 articles in various languages that they published between January and November 2016.

Here’s a rather wobbly video of a visit to the Minions Room:

Travellers from Taiwan, Hong Kong

Rank 
1Osaka: Hotel Universal Port Minions Room
2Osaka: Kuromon Market Street Food
3Osaka: Japan’s Longest Covered Shooping Street Tenjinbashisuji
4Tokyo, Asakusa: World’s Strongest Green Tea Ice Cream
5Kamakura: Taiwan Power Blogger Recommended Route

Travellers from Thailand

Rank 
1Yokohama: Pikachu Parade
2Osaka: Hotel Universal Port Minions Room
3All Japan Money Luck Power Spots
4Tokyo, Asakusa: World’s Strongest Green Tea Ice Cream
5Seven Medicines Recommended by Matsumoto Kiyoshi Pharmacy Staff

Travellers from Europe, North America

Rank 
1Explaining Valentine’s Day in Japan
2Ibaraki: Oarai Isosaki Shrine
3Sushi-Making Kit
4Miyasaki: Funaokajoseki Park Cherry Blossoms
5Sake Kit-Kat

Travellers from Korea

Rank 
1Popular Drug Store Products That Can Be Bought On Amazon
2Osaka: Five Hot Springs Day Trips
3Rilakkuma New Character: Little Yellow Bear Cub
4Kobe: Tsubo Pot Pudding
5Sake Kit-Kat

Travellers from Singapore

Rank 
1How To Enjoy Green Tea Cocktails
2Miyasaki: Funaokajoseki Park Cherry Blossoms
3Tokyo, Shinjuku: NEWoMan Store Open
4Toyama: Doramon Tram
5Amezaiku Sugar Art

Travellers from Indonesia

Rank 
1Kumamon Package Design Kumamoto Tea Kit-Kat
2Osaka: Dotonbori Konamon Museum
3Izu: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms
4Karuizawa Illuminations
5Halal Osechi
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Pineapple pizza popularity poor

@Nifty reported on a survey they conducted into pizza.

I’m surprised that in Q5 mayonnaise is not on the list of disliked ingredients; I like a potato pizza, but usually it comes with lots of mayo and corn, and Pizza La in particular seem to drown just about everything they do in mayo. The only good thing about Pizza La is their summer ebimayo (prawn mayonnaise) advert series:


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How present-day Japanese view New Year

Just in time for the New Year, here is a survey from @nifty into New Year, looking at a few aspects of how Japanese really pass the New Year, rather than the usual rather fanciful reporting one often sees around these holiday.

We buy in most of ours, but I find most of it rather bland and uninteresting. I could just eat black beans and egg rolls all holidays, but unfortunately I have to endure bland and often cold foods for about a week or more.

Here’s some home-made Osechi that is rather heavy on the vegetable side, not that that is a problem:

Mimi's osechi
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Just one in three have had three or more days away in last five years

In last 5 years, have you had 3+ nights of travel? graph of japanese statistics

This survey conducted by DIMSDRIVE Research for From Planet looked at long holidays, where “long” was defined as three or more nights away from home, excluding returning to one’s parents.

It’s pretty sad that anything more than a long weekend is a “long” holiday, but I’m surprised that the number taking more than three nights away is so low. It’s understandable for domestic travel, I suppose, as room rates are rather expensive, but three nights overseas barely gets you anywhere! I suppose that’s why even with more than three days away, Hawaii and Taiwan are the most popular destinations.
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Foreigners and heatstroke in Japan

Have you experienced heatstroke symptoms in Japan? graph of japanese statisticsWith the 2020 Tokyo Olympics taking place right in the middle of the hot and humid Japan summer, heatstroke is a real worry, and indeed I saw on the news today that a committee had its first meeting today to discuss this very problem, so this survey from the Japan Weather Association and its Heatstroke Zero project into Japan’s heat will be a useful resource for the committee.

I’ve once had very close to heatstroke with uncontrollable sweating; on entering an air-conditioned cafe after a long walk in the sun I had sweat literally pouring out, and after a minute or two I looked as if someone had chucked a bucket of water over my head!
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Old folks and crane games

How do you feel about crane games? graph of japanese statisticsThe Crane Game Association recently released a survey looking at crane games (UFO Catchers).

The reason for this release was to advertise their upcoming Crane Gamer Certificate program, and of course to promote crane gaming amongst older folks, especially with Respect for the Aged Day coming up soon.

Although I’m not quite in the age band yet, I do enjoy crane games, although I haven’t played them for a while. I found the best place to play was where there are lot of competing game centres, and looking sad after failing to impress one’s date usually persuades the staff to help you out by nudging the present a bit closer to the exit chute.
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Bike life in Japan

What should your opposite sex pillion grab? graph of japanese statisticsAs an ex-biker myself, I found this survey from WAKUWAKU and the bike fleamarket app RIDE into the charms of riding most interesting.

My first bike was a 100cc two-stroke Japanese something or other until I passed my full licence, then a 400cc Suzuki, a 500cc Yamaha, and a 660cc BMW. Then I got married… All saw good use in not just Scotland but also France, Germany and Austria.

I’m a sensible rider, so Japan doesn’t actually appeal to me much for riding; it’s too hot for about half the year as I don’t ride without protective gear, then it gets too dark too early, and commuting to work looks like not much fun, especially compared to Edinburgh where I could faff about round the back of Arthur’s Seat on the way home to let off a little steam after work.

On the questionnaire itself, a Harley being a good bike for beginners? Really? Or the third-best thing being a small turning circle? Pillion should grab your shoulders or arms? Sounds downright dangerous!
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