Why a venue packed with thousands of otaku is no fun


Comiket is Japan’s semiannual or so COMIc marKET, a huge gathering of comic book otaku and cosplayers, self-described as:

Comic Market is a “space” that functions to expand the possibilities of self expression, where the aim is to accept creators of doujinshi and all other types of creative endeavors and maintain continuity.

With that in mind, please enjoy this survey from goo Ranking into what typical happenings at Summer Comiket makes people want to avoid it.

I wasn’t really interested in going myself, so this survey confirms all my biases, and stuff like this won’t change my mind!

Comiket Cosplay - 016
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Summer holiday outings

My summer holidays in Japan ends this weekend, but if you’ve still got some time, here is a survey from @nifty into summer travel that might give you some ideas for what to do.

My summer holidays have amounted to going to the cinema, and this weekend I have an appointment at the dentist…

I’ve not seen any fireworks in the Tokyo region, but I’ve viewed the top three in the West Japan list. I’ve also been to all the five listed West Japan World Heritage sites, but only one of the zoos, although many zoos in Japan are pretty depressing places with tiny cages for huge animals.

Now, pictures of the top (or close to top) locations in Q2 to Q6:

Sumida River Fireworks

Sumida river Fireworks

Naniwa Fireworks (no decent Tenjin photos to be found)


Kiyomizu Temple

Stage at Kiyomizu

Ueno Zoo

Ueno zoo, Tokyo, Japan

FujiQ Highland Haunted Hospital exit

[FujiQ Highlands]  Haunted Hospital
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Surprising things about climbing Mount Fuji

With the summer climbing season in full swing, this survey from goo Ranking regarding surprising facts regarding climbing Fujisan.

I’ve never climbed it, and probably never will, but I know lots of people who are interested in doing so, including many foreigners who often don’t seem to be quite aware of how difficult it is. Here’s one reason why not – it’s utterly packed with people, not just the peak as pictured here, but all the way up.


Research results

Q: What unexpectedly common knowledge amongst Mount Fuji climbers did you not know about? (Sample size=500)

Rank   Votes
1 Crisps, other snack bags swell up due to the low pressue 68
2 Rain, wind, temperature changes are exceptionally harsh 57
3 Breathing becomes painful due to altitude sickness 55
4 People who’ve climbed Mount Fuji tend to say “It’s changed my outlook on life” 46
5 Climbing fee is high 45
6 There’s people underprepared climbing in jeans, sandals, etc 40
7 Don’t really understand the meaning of Fifth Station, Sixth Station, etc 38
8 Lots of foreigners climbing 35
9= Calling people idiots for having never climbed it 31
9= Descending is harder than ascending 31
11 It’s always curry rice on the evening menu at the mountain huts 30
12 Got stuck in the crowds and couldn’t reach the top for the sunrise 28
13 Calling off a climb due to bad weather 17
14 Mountain shop prices are high and often sold out, especially of water 15
15= Mountain huts quilts are damp so cannot get a good night’s sleep 13
15= Hot ramen at the summit is the most delicious in the world 13
17 Calling people idiots for having climbed it twice or more 12
18= Armed forces members casually running up and down are utterly amazing 11
18= The starry sky is really beautiful 11
20 As cars aren’t allowed up the mountain, access is poor and inconvenient 9
21 All hot springs on the route back are totally packed out 8
22 The summit marker post is crowded with people taking memorial photos 6
23 The view looks like the surface of Mars and is actually extremely dull 5
24 People tend to forget bringing a mask for the descent 4


goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 15th and 21st of July 2016 500 members aged between 20 and 39 of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female.

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Japanese English that English speakers won’t understand

This survey from goo Ranking is entitled Japanese English expressions that won’t actually be understood abroad, but the survey description fails to mention as far as I can see what criteria people are supposed to use to choose the words; perhaps they are words they presumed would be understood, but were surprised to see them on the list of Japan-only English?

Of course, anyone from the UK will be surprised to see number 41, and it’s Scotch tape that wouldn’t be understood on these isles.

My least-favourite Japanese English is “yell”, which is used in the sense of cheering for a team, etc, such as in “Sending a yell to the Japanese Olympic team”. Furthermore, due to the lack of a “ye” sound (it was deprecated at some point in the past and only hangs on in a few words like the beer “Yebisu”) the Japanese pronunciation drops the “y”, which only serves to annoy me further about the word.

However, with translations like this being far too common, worrying about whether or not “order-made” will be understood or not seems to be putting the cart before the horse!

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Almost all Japanese heard of Pokemon GO, 2 in 5 smartphone owners played it

Do you know what Pokemon GO is? graph of japanese statistics

With Pokemon GO taking the world by storm, I suppose it is no surprise that this survey from Mobile Marketing Data Labo into Pokemon GO usage found that it was just as popular over here.

I am not in the least bit interested in it, and I don’t understand what all the fuss is about amongst adults who really should know better than to be faffing about chasing beasties that are normally found in McDonalds Happy Meals. Grow up the lot of you, bah humbug.

Here instead is an erotic Pikachu:

Japan As I See It
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Tastes of summer in Japan, from vegetables to ice cream

Which do you prefer? graph of japanese statistics

There’s been a definite lack of good goo Ranking surveys recently, so today I’ll do a ranking and survey hybrid from @nifty looking at the tastes of summer.

I like my Häagen-Dazs, but as I eat it irregularly and usually choose their time-limited special flavours (I have mango milk and truffle sitting in the freezer) I cannot name a favourite flavour. However, I do find the Gelato Meister brand better – despite the naming, it is actually sherbet with high fruit content; I’m looking forward to the 25% Scilian lemon one more than the Dazs’ it’s sitting beside.
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Genius programmer tropes from J-Doramas

This rather entertaining survey from goo Ranking reported on the eccentricities of genius programmers as portrayed in Japanese dramas.

If you want to see more from a Western perspective, get lost in this page from TV Tropes.

Hacker - Hacking - Lupe von Nullen und Einsen - Password - blau
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Domestic electricity market liberalisation

Would you like to change your electricity provider? graph of japanese statistics

I’ve seen surprisingly little written (in English) about the topic of this survey from @Nifty into the recent electricity market liberalisation, which allows people to choose their domestic electricity billing company.

We’ve changed from Tokyo Electricity to Tokyo Gas, which was very little bother apart from a new smart meter installation. It means we get one bill instead of two, and just a little cheaper than before, but their contract can be cancelled at any time for no penalty, unlike many other new providers who have 18 month to three year minimum terms!
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One in four LGBT Japanese don’t know what LGBT is

LGBT people, do you know the term

One of the objectives of this survey was to see how awareness of the English abbreviation “LGBT” was spreading through Japan, thus we get the apparently weird result of LGBT not being aware of their label; previously “sexual minority” was a more common label. This survey was from the Japan LGBT Research Institute Inc (A Daily Yomiuri group company) into LGBT lifestyle awareness.

This survey was conducted in two steps; first a massive screening survey, then a smaller survey with more detailed questions.

Another weird thing about this survey was that “Asexual” was spelt with an alphabet A, then セクシャル (sekusharu) in one of the Japanese syllabaries, as if their might also be B-Sexuals and C-Sexuals.
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Problems being a leftie in Japan

I’m not the sinister kind, so I cannot say if these are universal problems identified by goo Ranking’s survey into typical things lefties have to face.

I’m not sure if this cat is left-handed (left-pawed?), but it’s the only image I could find that suggested Japan and left-handedness. Interestingly, cats would appear to be twice as likely to be lefties!

Inviting Cat Fawns Cutely
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