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In last 5 years, have you had 3+ nights of travel? graph of japanese statistics

This survey conducted by DIMSDRIVE Research for From Planet looked at long holidays, where “long” was defined as three or more nights away from home, excluding returning to one’s parents.

It’s pretty sad that anything more than a long weekend is a “long” holiday, but I’m surprised that the number taking more than three nights away is so low. It’s understandable for domestic travel, I suppose, as room rates are rather expensive, but three nights overseas barely gets you anywhere! I suppose that’s why even with more than three days away, Hawaii and Taiwan are the most popular destinations.
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When Japanese feel Japanese in the West

Since it’s still the holidays here in Japan, here is a nice survey from goo Ranking into when Japanese feel their Japaneseness when in the West.

Demographics

Between the 24th of April and the 8th of May 2015 1,731 members of the public voted in an open poll conducted through the goo Ranking web site. No further demographic information was presented.

I must be partially Japanese, as I am often surprised at how poor the customer service is in the West, particularly cashiers not focusing on their job, instead chatting with the person on the next till as they are serving you!

Here’s a random photo of 1 and 8 together:

Sushi Rice
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Worries about your home while on holiday

Just a quick translation tonight as I’m on holiday, but at home so I presentky have none of these worries while on holidays that this survey from goo Ranking looked at.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 18th and 19th 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.

Quite frankly, if I were to go on holiday now, my biggest worry would be cockroaches! We had one tonight and one last Sunday, so I wonder if we were away they would breed and we’d come back to a house overrun!

Here is a random open window; whether or not there are people worrying about its openness is unknown…

Red, White & Blue - 40/52
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How I waste my weekends

goo Ranking looked at quite a fun subject, what excuses people have for not being able to use their days off effectively.

Demographics

From the 3rd to the 6th of August 2012 1,038 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.7% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 15.5% in their twenties, 27.2% in their thirties, 26.4% in their forties, 10.8% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Being married, I’m not allowed to do the above, but instead I have a lot of housework, so I end up doing that and very little else. We sometimes do end up wasting a bit too much time, however, watching saved-up programs of to me dubious entertainment value.
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On my holidays

Just a quick note to say that along with most of the rest of Japan I’m on holiday until next Sunday, so posts may be rather intermittent. I’ve got a number of good surveys that need translating, but whether or not I can find the time…

In the meantime, you can catch me on Google Plus where I am reasonably active. Drop me a note if you want an invite.

Thanks,
Ken

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Staggering opposition to staggered holidays

Do you support or oppose staggering holiday periods? graph of japanese statisticsOne of the Democratic Party of Japan’s good ideas from my point of view was to propose staggered holidays across the country rather than the current situation of all 120 million taking their May Golden Week holiday all at the same time. To see how this proposal was being received by the public, the Cabinet Office Japan conducted a survey into this topic.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 31st of October 2010 3,000 people selected at random from resident registers were approached to take part in a survey, and 1,953 people, or 65.1% agreed to a face-to-face interview. The sex breakdown was not reported.

Currently in Japan there is the Golden Week holiday over the end of April and the start of May when the vast majority of the public have a holiday, plus four public holidays are set to be on a particular Monday in a particular month. The proposal from the government is to split the country from north to south into five blocks and assign a week’s spring and autumn holiday period (the autumn holiday being new) to each block, and move the four Monday holidays to a fixed date and no longer make them public holidays.

I used to be very much in favour of this idea, but on reading a few opinions from other foreigners I’m a bit less keen on the idea, the reason being that the ideal situation would be to make easier to take holidays at one’s own convenience, just like most of the rest of the world. One benefit, however, would be an easing of traffic by spreading it over five weeks, and hopefully lower prices as hotels now have a ten week busy period rather than the current situation of just one week of complete overbooking, and the attendant increased money circulation from more people being able to take a holiday rather than just staying at home as they cannot afford to travel.
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Taking a camera on foreign holidays

How many cameras do you take with you on foreign holidays? graph of japanese statisticsThis survey from iShare into enjoying a foreign holiday with a camera is rather appropriate as I’m currently on a foreign holiday business trip in Hawaii, as you can perhaps see from the photo below.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of September 2010 2,468 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service who had had a foreign holiday completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 75.4% of the sample were male, 44.4% in their thirties, 44.5% in their forties, and 11.1% in their fifties.

I’m usually pretty hopeless at taking photos, both quantity and quality-wise, but hopefully this time at Hawaii I have redeemed myself!

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Foreign weekend breaks and longer holidays: part 2 of 2

[part 1][part 2]What is the actual realistic duration for a foreign holiday? graph of japanese statistics

A recent survey from Macromill Research looked at overseas holidays, both weekend breaks via the new Haneda international terminal and longer holidays.

Demographics

Between the 25th and 27th of August 2010 1,000 members of the Macromill monitor group resident in Tokyo or one of the three surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama and in full-time employment in either the public or private sectors completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split by sex exactly 50:50 in each of the age groups, with 25.0% in their twenties, 25.0% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, and 25.0% aged fifty or older.

I’m surprised by a number of the answers in Q4SQ10, as the typical image of a Japanese tourist is very much according to the Statement A, yet around half identified with the more adventurous holidaymaker. Perhaps there is a difference between what holidays the Japanese would like to take versus what holidays they actually do feel comfortable taking, as language and personal safety always features high in the lists of concerns when overseas.
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Foreign weekend breaks and longer holidays: part 1 of 2

[part 1][part 2]Do you currently want to take an overseas holiday? graph of japanese statistics

A recent survey from Macromill Research looked at overseas holidays, both weekend breaks via the new Haneda international terminal and longer holidays.

Demographics

Between the 25th and 27th of August 2010 1,000 members of the Macromill monitor group resident in Tokyo or one of the three surrounding prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama and in full-time employment in either the public or private sectors completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split by sex exactly 50:50 in each of the age groups, with 25.0% in their twenties, 25.0% in their thirties, 25.0% in their forties, and 25.0% aged fifty or older.

One reason that South Korea is so popular for a short break is that their currency is really cheap these days. I’d like to visit Seoul myself just to see what it’s like, but South Korean cooking looks even less veggie-friendly than Japanese, and I prefer my spicyness limited to curry only!
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When lack of English study is a problem on holiday

Here’s a short but sweet survey from goo Ranking, looking at when on holiday, at what moments do people wish they’d studied more English.

Demographics

Between the 21st and 23rd of June 2010 1,137 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 65.1% of the sample were female, 8.0% in their teens, 20.4% in their twenties, 31.2% in their thirties, 23.9% in their forties, 9.2% in their fifties, and 7.2% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

Being a native English speaker, I of course have the benefit that any communications problems are caused by the other person not learning enough English, so just shouting a bit louder can solve all language problems.

Seriously though, in Japan I occasionally have the second problem, often as I adopt the English, not the Japanese pronunciation for certain words that should be understood by both of us. The most recent example I can think of was when I was asking if they had any Xylitol-based chewing gum, and given that I’m not even quite sure of how to say it in even in English, I had to get my Japanese wife to rescue me from the blank stares!
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