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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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New Year established customs that Japanese no longer need

Around the New Year there are a lot of old and new customs or established events that perhaps no longer interest people; to see what they might be, goo Ranking ran a survey looking at New Year customs that people feel are no longer needed.

Demographics

Between the 6th and 11th of December 2015 goo Ranking ran an open survey on their web site, which got 767 votes. Since it was an open survey, no demographics are available.

I’d personally vote to get rid of Osechi, the traditional food for seeing in the New Year. It does look nice, I suppose:

OSECHI 2011

To give wives time off (yes, sexist, but it’s an old tradition) food becomes cold everything, with the only warm thing being miso soup with mochi (rice starch) balls. I have to commit the sin of dipping all the cold stuff into the warm soup to make it palatable. It’s enough to make you hanker for cold turkey, and indeed 9 (nine!) years ago I translated another survey on what people want to eat after too much osechi.
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Christmas presents you wish your boyfriend had never bought

It’s nearly Christmas, but I’m not in the mood, so this look by goo Ranking at presents you’d love to tell your boyfriend you didn’t want seems a nice one to translate today.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 27th and 28th of November 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. Everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

A quick search around Flickr revealed no chocolate willies, but I did find this tissue box box; I suspect the maid at the front is producing the tissues from her bra padding…

Novelty Kleenex.jpg
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Women’s greatest weapons

First apologies for the recent silence, but things have been really busy at work, and today I cannot even find a nice recent survey, so instead here’s a goo Ranking survey from the summer looking at women’s greatest weapons.

Demographics

This was an open survey conducted amongst users of the goo Ranking service, so apart from 1,371 people answering the question between the 21st of July and the 4th of August 2015, no demographics were available.

Here’s one woman well-equipped with weapon number one:

Yes, I see you too

My wife doesn’t do cleavage much, but I am regularly beaten by tears…
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Sounds that just reading about set your teeth on edge

goo Ranking looked recently at sounds that just reading about set people’s teeth on edge.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 8th of September 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

Number one is not suprising, but I don’t think I’ve actually heard nails scraping on a blackboard; I just know that it sounds awful. However, my least favourite sound is balloons squeaking, either balloon art, or just sweaty palms rubbing on it. If just reading about nails on blackboards is not enough to send a shiver down your spine, here’s a rather unpleasant photo to help you out:

Slowly Scraping
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Unpleasant yet liked smells; things get weird from #16

goo Ranking recently published the results of a survey into smells that cannot be called pleasant, yet are liked by people.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 11th and 12th of September 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

There’s no word if smelly socks and belly-button fluff belong to the sniffer or are someone else’s, but perhaps I don’t really and to know.

Musty books is a favourite of mine, but one I like most would be that of ships; both the general salt water on rust and the burnt fuel smell around the funnel bring back memories of when I was a child and in university and travelled to and from home by ferry. That’s probably also why I like propellor plane fuel smell too. On a more day-to-day basis, I do find sniffing my own earwax theraputic.

Here’s a nice image of #15, wafting up from a hot spring.

source of the hot spring
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Just Japanese Halloweeny things

goo Ranking published a timely ranking looking at Halloween things.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 8th of September 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

I dislike the whole Halloween business, mainly as when I was a kid, one one became a teenager we graduated from Halloween to Guy Fawkes Night; bonfires were much more fun than dressing up.

It’s All Hallows Eve tonight, and I’m sitting at home watching the huge crowds of dressed-up people packing out Shibuya, and quite frankly it looks all rather a little dangerous around the scramble crossing. Here’s a photo from close by, but a less busy area.

Halloween night in Shibuya P1030014
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Dark secrets people can’t tell their lovers; #5 will SHOCK you!

goo Ranking took a look at what dark secrets people couldn’t tell their lovers, presenting answers separately from both men and women. Note that both sexes answered for secrets of both sexes.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 29th of September and the 2nd of October 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

Excuse the linkbait headline, but I’m experimenting with linkbaiting, so let us continue with a photo of a potential #5 for men/#6 for women:

Japan Expo 15° Impact - Paris 2014 (14628324343)
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Painfully naff Japanese weddings

This week’s survey from goo Ranking is a look at what painfully bad events at weddings would leave attendees speechless.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 8th of September 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

I don’t think I committed any of these sins at my wedding, and I’ve fortunately not attended any weddings where I’ve seen similar. However, even sadder than a solo wedding is an otaku nerd’s doll wedding:

Smartdoll Spring Wedding

[Sorry, Danny!]
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