Bad stuff that happens at Rakuten

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This survey was conducted over six months ago, but only appeared this week, a look by goo Ranking at typical happenings at the net shopping site Rakuten.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I avoid Rakuten myself, mainly due to all the rumours I hear about being spammed to death every time you go shopping.
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Dodgy health techniques

goo Ranking looked at what healthy living methods do Japanese feel doubtful about the effectiveness of.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I don’t know what that number 4 is all about, and I certainly don’t want to find out, although I suspect it might be related to kombucha:

Kombucha SCOBY
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Fifteen secrets about Funassyi

Fresh from his appearance at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, goo Ranking revealed fifteen secrets on Funassyi, the hyperactive pear fairy from Funabashi in Chiba.

Let’s skip the usual demographics and get to the secrets revealed by Funassyi’s own words:

Rank Secret
15 Funassyi’s rival is Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest
14 The first CD Funassyi bought was Deep Purple’s Machine Head
13 Funassyi is a miraculous Pear Fairy that appears only once every 2000 years
11= Funassyi skived off morning school lessons to eat Mos Burger
11= Funassyi loves peaches, meat, pears, and wood lice; hates mozuku seaweed
10 Funassyi was born on the Fourth of July 138 AD
9 Funassyi’s parents are ordinary pear trees
8 Funassyi secretly had a pet mamushi snake as a child, but Funassyi’s parents got angry when they found out
7 Funassyi’s apartment is infested with cockroaches and mice
6 The whites of Funassyi’s eyes became grey when Funassyi appeared in the human world
5 Funassyi’s real name is Funadius IV
4 Funassyi has a total of 274 brothers and sisters
3 Funassyi has a habit of lying; 27.4% of Funassyi’s statements are untrue
2 Funassyi’s blue bottom half is not clothes, but a tattoo
1 The red bit in Funassyi’s stomach is not a ribbon but spurting blood
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100 yen shop regrets

goo Ranking recently reported on a survey into regrets on buying items at a 100 yen shop.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 19th of January and 2nd of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

100 Yen Shop

I’ve had many successes than regrets at the 100 yen shop, but sellotape is one of the worst choices; the tape is too tough to rip by hand, but the glue too weak. I really cannot think of anything else right now, especially as when I recently moved about half the new items of furnishings and fittings I bought were probably from various 100 yen shops. My best was a shower curtain I repurposed into two curtains for the bathroom windows, using 100 yen poles to hold the curtain, then I used the remaining curtain to cover a glass door leading on to the bathroom.

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Stuff love can not be blind to

goo Ranking recently published a survey into what manners-related behaviour by one’s partner people could not forgive, for both men looking at women and women looking at men.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 16th and 20th of January 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Here’s a couple getting a bit too friendly on the train; at least they aren’t sitting legs akimbo.

Drunk Couple Train Tokyo

My wife is terrible for slamming car doors, but as we don’t own, just occasionally rent, I can forgive her. Furthermore, not grabbing as many free tissues as possible is a minus in my book!

I find it interesting that the top one for females is noisy eating, yet most guys I know have horrendously noisy eating habits. Perhaps they change when they are at home?
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When women feel damned by faint praise

goo Ranking recently published a short ranking survey into what praise from men they are not happy to hear.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 13th of January 2015 500 members, all female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I’m not sure what number 2 is all about, or if it is just my poor translation; it could also be “You’ll have a lot of money in the bank”, which I suppose is a polite way of saying one has more money than sense. Here’s someone being good with makeup, I suppose:

Sailor girl makeup
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Spotting a future baldie

goo Ranking recently republished a survey I must have missed first time round, why people think someone (male) will probably go bald in the future, with opinions from both women and men.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 20th of August 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

One that doesn’t rank, but similar to going out in the rain without an umbrella, my wife told me that letting your hair dry naturally, especially going to bed with wet hair, is a big no-no.

Here’s what should be Japan’s patron saint of slapheads, the kappa, a sort of turtle thing with a big round bald spot:

Bonus Photos from the before time...
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Typical events on the last train home after a night on the booze

Today’s slightly silly survey is from goo Ranking as usual, a look at typical occurances catching the last train home after drinking.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

I’m surprised this didn’t make the rankings:

Sleepless in Yokohama

I have rarely got the last train home, so I’m not really too familiar with many of the images here, although from talking to people online, apparently vomit is a serious concern both in carriages and on station platforms. Now I think about it, since I’ve moved up to the Tokyo area, I think I’ve seen more vomit on platforms and the surrounding station area than I did in Osaka, but I don’t know if that just means that they are less efficient at cleaning it up here.
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What not to do when being introduced to your Japanese partner’s parents

goo Ranking published an entertaining survey on the worst faux pas when visiting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents’ home.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

When I visited my wife’s parents before we got married, fortunately I got a pass on any faux pas I might have committed for be foreign. I could have done with this list, though, to at least know what to put an effort in to!
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How Japanese choose gyms

No doubt a common New Year Resolution will be to get fit, so with this in mind goo Research asked what points peope take into consideration when choosing a sports gym to join.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 22nd of October 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

Joining a gym is something I’m also always saying I should do; my employer has a discount program with one of the big chains, but it’s a pretty small discount and based on full price courses, so it’s actually cheaper to join privately on a special offer or a slightly more limited plan.

Here’s a bit of an odd combination gym:


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