Surprising things about climbing Mount Fuji

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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.

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Research results

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

Rank Votes
1Crisps, other snack bags swell up due to the low pressue68
2Rain, wind, temperature changes are exceptionally harsh57
3Breathing becomes painful due to altitude sickness55
4People who’ve climbed Mount Fuji tend to say “It’s changed my outlook on life”46
5Climbing fee is high45
6There’s people underprepared climbing in jeans, sandals, etc40
7Don’t really understand the meaning of Fifth Station, Sixth Station, etc38
8Lots of foreigners climbing35
9=Calling people idiots for having never climbed it31
9=Descending is harder than ascending31
11It’s always curry rice on the evening menu at the mountain huts30
12Got stuck in the crowds and couldn’t reach the top for the sunrise28
13Calling off a climb due to bad weather17
14Mountain shop prices are high and often sold out, especially of water15
15=Mountain huts quilts are damp so cannot get a good night’s sleep13
15=Hot ramen at the summit is the most delicious in the world13
17Calling people idiots for having climbed it twice or more12
18=Armed forces members casually running up and down are utterly amazing11
18=The starry sky is really beautiful11
20As cars aren’t allowed up the mountain, access is poor and inconvenient9
21All hot springs on the route back are totally packed out8
22The summit marker post is crowded with people taking memorial photos6
23The view looks like the surface of Mars and is actually extremely dull5
24People tend to forget bringing a mask for the descent4

Demographics

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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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…

Training
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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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Moving house happenings

Round about April first is the start of the new work and university year in Japan, so there’s a lot of people moving house, so this was the excuse for goo Ranking to publish a survey of what sort of stuff typically happens when moving.

I moved just about a year and half ago, and looking at that list about the only one I’ve had is rather strange next door neighbours. My wife’s convinced that the guy living in the house opposite is a cross-dresser (his washing is hung out right opposite our bedroom window), although I reckon it is just much more likely that his girlfriend has moved in with him.

Here’s a removals truck speeding down a highway somewhere:

A week of panning #1: Super fast truck
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Utter disappointments at cherry blossom parties

Today is the day of the Tokyo YouTuber Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) party (still time to catch them at the pub!), and although I couldn’t attend, I can instead send a goo Ranking survey on major downers that happen at cherry blossom viewing.

A friend went to one a couple of years ago in Osaka, but he said everyone was too young so he couldn’t get into the party mood (#10 below), but for me this year, I probably know very few planning to attend (#7) and the few I do know I only know from on-line, and given that the meeting place was Yoyogi Park with no further directions, I’d probably have experienced #9. However #6, too cold for beer, is something I just cannot parse.

Here’s a typical cherry blossom party scene:

花見 上野公園. Hanami, Ueno park. Tokyo Japan 東京 日本
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How to ruin a night out at karaoke

Ignoring the obvious line that a night out at karaoke is by definition a night ruined, goo Ranking’s survey for today is a look at what behaviour at karaoke turns people right off.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 21st of December 2015 500 members of their monitor group aged between 20 and 39, and 50:50 male and female, completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

I’ve not been to karaoke much, not least because I am tone deaf and one of my earliest visits was with a professional singer, so it was hard to get motivated. Fortunately, none of the below happened, and I don’t remember causing any of them either…

Here’s an entrance to a random karaoke parlour somewhere in Japan:

Singing people always smile
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Japan’s zombie goods that refuse to die

goo Ranking had an interesting survey looking at what items looks as if they will disappear, but probably won’t.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 4th and 7th of December 2015 500 members of their monitor group aged between 20 and 39, and 50:50 male and female, completed a private internet-based questionnaire.

Most conspicuous by its absence in this list is the fax machine, although it doesn’t seem to be anywhere near one foot in the grave here in Japan. On the news, for example, when they are reporting press releases there is always a shot of a sheet of A4 with a low-resolution fax printed on it, rather than a nice formatted PDF or a screenshot. However, I do suspect that this must be a TV world in-joke, where on getting an emailed release they either print it out using a custom crappy fax font, or they fax it to their cheapest 10 dpi thermal paper-using fax for that authentic Ye Olde Faxe effect.

And talking of Ye Olde Faxe:

Faxing Wishes for the Star Festival, after Toshikata
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