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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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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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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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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What bits do Japanese secretly like to fiddle with?

This is a family survey, so the most obvious answer is not present, but this look at what body bits Japanese habitually enjoy fiddling with in secret has plenty of other bits for your enjoyment.

The one I do the most doesn’t feature here, plucking my nose hair, although I don’t collect it up!

Just last week, my boss, who sits at the adjacent desk, had his socks off, but I didn’t want to look to see if he was doing number 2 or 18…

This is about the only Safe For Work I could think of to illustrate the second number 16:

Shaved Danya in Jen's lap
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Stuff you wish I’d not told you about Japanese boys’ school

As a follow-up on a recent survey on what Japanese guys didn’t want to learn about girls’ schools, I now present what Japanese women didn’t want to learn about boys’ school.

The very last, number 26, made little sense to me in Japanese, so it probably makes less sense to my readers, but there seems to be some sort of idiom about “three key books to understand a topic”, but how manga magazines get involved is unclear.

I can smell the sweat from this photo…

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Famous people’s irritating Facebook posts

goo Ranking recently asked its visitors what SNS (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) posts by celebrities annoy you; I thought I recently did a similar survey for ordinary people, but I cannot find it right now…

I don’t follow any celebrities, although I occasionally see their Facebook posts through friends of friends. However, I just skip over them, so I have nothing irritating to report.

Here’s a collection of various celebs without their faces on:

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Japan’s most unwelcome helpfulness

goo Ranking recently published an interesting survey into arigata meiwaku, unwelcome helpfulness, when other people read your mind wrongly.

My pet niggle is when convenience store staff put a fork in with my salad instead of the usual chopstick without asking me what I actually want.

I posed this question to a Japan expat forum on reddit and got a bunch of rather interesting replies from longer-term foreign residents of Japan. The most voted-for answer was having people jump in to help if you show even the slightest hesitation around railway ticket machines, which I must say I’ve only experienced once. Next is getting people ask you “Can you eat Japanese food?” and otherwise helping out with the “correct” way to fully enjoy the meal; I do get that too and it is very irritating! What have my readers experienced?

Here’s an example of number 6 – some people are saying that there is social pressure to refold the toilet paper back into a triangle after use!

Kawaii TP
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Stuff guys don’t want to learn about women’s toilets

goo Ranking does seem to conduct a large percentage of their surveys on odd toilet-related topics, for which I thank them! Today’s is about what guys answering the survey wish they hadn’t just learnt about women’s toilets.

In the answers below, a Sound Princess is a device in many female public toilets that plays toilet flushing noises or other white noise to mask sounds while doing the business.

Fortunately, this doesn’t go on in women’s toilets:

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