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Utter disappointments at cherry blossom parties

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Today is the day of the Tokyo YouTuber Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party (still time to catch them at the pub!), and although I couldn’t attend, I can instead send a goo Ranking survey on major downers that happen at cherry blossom viewing.

A friend went to one a couple of years ago in Osaka, but he said everyone was too young so he couldn’t get into the party mood (#10 below), but for me this year, I probably know very few planning to attend (#7) and the few I do know I only know from on-line, and given that the meeting place was Yoyogi Park with no further directions, I’d probably have experienced #9. However #6, too cold for beer, is something I just cannot parse.

Here’s a typical cherry blossom party scene:

花見 上野公園. Hanami, Ueno park. Tokyo Japan 東京 日本
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White Day gifts that make you run a mile

Today is White Day in Japan, a second chance for chocolate makers to sell overpriced gifts; Valentine’s Day in Japan is for women to give gifts to men, so White Day is the day men are expected to return the favour. Thus this survey from goo Ranking looking at what gifts from men would make women run a mile. Furthermore, just to keep the balance, I’ll also present what items their girlfriends pulling from their bag would make men run a mile in the opposite direction.

My White Day gift was a bit of a disaster this year – I had a brush with the ‘flu over the weekend, and today it was pouring down, so I was in no mood for going shopping, so it was just a quick choice of a couple of cakes from a shop on the way home.

Here’s some nice chocolates to celebrate what’s left of the day!

swiss chocolate adapted to japanese habits (27 of 124)
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What Japanese love and hate about cats

I cannot find a nice goo Ranking for Silly Sunday, so instead let’s have some kittens, with a look at what people love and hate about cats by @Nifty, which I’ll present as a ranking.

I’d love to visit this temple!

豪徳寺・招き猫 / Manekineko in Gotokuji - Setagaya, Tokyo

I’m very much a cat person, and I’m joint owned by two of them. Frequent vomiting is probably my least favourite thing, especially as one cat has a chewing habit, and never learns that eating his blanket, eating sticky tape, eating his cardboard bed, etc, are guaranteed to have him spewing up the next day.

By the way, translating this survey I learnt that the breed マンチカン, read Manchikan, is actually called Munchkin in English. When I tried Googling how I thought it was spelt, Google corrected me to Mancunian
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How to ruin a night out at karaoke

Ignoring the obvious line that a night out at karaoke is by definition a night ruined, goo Ranking’s survey for today is a look at what behaviour at karaoke turns people right off.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 21st of December 2015 500 members of their monitor group aged between 20 and 39, and 50:50 male and female, completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I’ve not been to karaoke much, not least because I am tone deaf and one of my earliest visits was with a professional singer, so it was hard to get motivated. Fortunately, none of the below happened, and I don’t remember causing any of them either…

Here’s an entrance to a random karaoke parlour somewhere in Japan:

Singing people always smile
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Japan’s zombie goods that refuse to die

goo Ranking had an interesting survey looking at what items looks as if they will disappear, but probably won’t.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 7th of December 2015 500 members of their monitor group aged between 20 and 39, and 50:50 male and female, completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

Most conspicuous by its absence in this list is the fax machine, although it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near one foot in the grave here in Japan. On the news, for example, when they are reporting press releases there is always a shot of a sheet of A4 with a low-resolution fax printed on it, rather than a nice formatted PDF or a screenshot. However, I do suspect that this must be a TV world in-joke, where on getting an emailed release they either print it out using a custom crappy fax font, or they fax it to their cheapest 10 dpi thermal paper-using fax for that authentic Ye Olde Faxe effect.

And talking of Ye Olde Faxe:

Faxing Wishes for the Star Festival, after Toshikata
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Stuff you wish I’d not told you about Japanese girls’ schools

Here is an anti-ranking, a look at what Japanese guys didn’t want to learn about girls’ schools, on the grounds of, presumably, shattering their fantasies.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 7th of December 2015 250 male members aged between 20 and 39 of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I think men here have read too many comics about girls’s schools, expecting the toilets to sparkle and smell of roses, gleaming classrooms, and nothing but refined talk of flowers.

This photo has little to do with the survey, but I quite like it…

Ne!ne! Vader-kun...kore wa kawaiii!
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How to act like a last century man in Japan

Although there are lots of articles out there telling people how to avoid looking like an ignorant foreigner in Japan, this is perhaps the first one telling people how to avoid looking like an out-of-touch and behind-the-times man. Specifically, the title was the words and actions that make people look like a Showa-era old guy, where the Showa era was the rule of the last emperor, ending in 1988.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 21st of December 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

Although I fall into the danger area described below, I only manage two of them; condemning idols for their identical looks, and rather often following through on a sneeze with some extra vocalisation.

Cool Biz is a topic I have covered in detail previously on this blog, but just today I was watching some television and learnt that number 31 refers to the Prime Minister Ohira’s introduction of a lightweight working style following the second Oil Shock in 1979.

Low-Energy Look of the Ohira Cabinet
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What happens in Japanese coffee shops

goo Ranking recently published a survey on what kinds of things happen at the adjacent coffee shop table.

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goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 27th and 30th of October 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

My typical thing (perhaps it doesn’t bother the Japanese enough to make the list) is ending up sitting beside at best a slurper, at worst (and this happened most recently last Friday) a post-snack tooth sucker; both are enough to make me want to change seats. I see insurance salespeople quite regularly, and the occassional dodgy MLM hard sell going on, but I’ve never had the religious cult stuff, although I do hear from other foreigners that at coffee shops near universities in particular, there is a lot of attempted recruiting going on.

Here’s a picture for No.1 from behind a laptop in a coffee shop; it’s a Mac, so the smug mug is a given…

Coffeeshop Office in Japan
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Stuff that happens in traffic jams

Tonight will be everyone returning from their New Year holiday, so the roads into the big cities will be blocked up with traffic jams backing up 30km or more, so let’s look what happens in cars in Japan in jams.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 18th and 19th of November 2015 500 members aged between 20 and 39, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

When I rent a car, the last leg is usually through a traffic jam black spot (Takarazuka Tunnel, in case you are wondering; the run up to it is up an incline after a long downhill stretch, so cars tend to clump up, producing 5km tailbacks even on quiet days, and 25km on long weekends) but as I’m riding with my weak-bladdered parents-in-law, we’ve already stopped in just about every service area on the way, so the toilet issue is not too bad.

This picture is basically 90% of the news every holiday period; this shot states there is a 45 kilometre tailback predicted for 7pm that evening:

Golden Week Japan
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New Year Nengajo Postcard WTFs

I noticed last time I translated a similar survey I broke my New Year resolution to stop FAIL headlines, so this time rather than FAIL, let’s try using New Year Postcards that make you go “WTF?!”.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 24th and 27th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I just found this great collection of vintage Year of the Monkey (this year’s card) on Flickr:

Year of the Monkey Postcards

Oh, and Happy New Year to all my readers!
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