Unpleasant yet liked smells; things get weird from #16

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goo Ranking recently published the results of a survey into smells that cannot be called pleasant, yet are liked by people.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 11th and 12th of September 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 and 39 years old.

There’s no word if smelly socks and belly-button fluff belong to the sniffer or are someone else’s, but perhaps I don’t really and to know.

Musty books is a favourite of mine, but one I like most would be that of ships; both the general salt water on rust and the burnt fuel smell around the funnel bring back memories of when I was a child and in university and travelled to and from home by ferry. That’s probably also why I like propellor plane fuel smell too. On a more day-to-day basis, I do find sniffing my own earwax theraputic.

Here’s a nice image of #15, wafting up from a hot spring.

source of the hot spring
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The scent of early middle-age Japanese men

Do you notice the smell of men in their thirties and forties? graph of japanese statisticsAn interesting, I suppose, survey from Lucido, a brand of men’s toiletries, where they conducted a survey into women’s perceptions of the smell of men in their thirties and forties.

Demographics

During the month of December 2013 534 women aged between 25 and 49 years old completed a private (I think) internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.

This male age band was chosen because one’s youthful hormones are fading, but are yet to be overtaken by old person smell, a smell which Lucido have named “Middle Fat Smell”, with an associated web site, which no doubt explains that said smell can be countered by ample application of Lucido’s product.

Actually, my wife has recently started mentioning that I smell (in a good way, she assures me!), although I do worry that I am developing Old Person Smell. However, this Scientific American article assures me that in blind sniff tests, it was actually rated more pleasant than young folks!
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Summer sweat smells

Which bad smell from others bothers you the most? graph of japanese statisticsFollowing on from yesterday’s look at coping with the heat, I present a short report from Do House into failing to cope with the heat, in particular sweat and smells.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of June 2013 1,047 members of the Moratame.net site completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample consisted of people of both sexes and aged between 20 and 59, but not further information than that.

I knew that spray is the most popular form of deodorant here, but I didn’t realise these sheets were so popular. I wonder where and when people use them, as I certainly don’t see people towelling themselves down on the train home! Although it is my favourite, stick deodorant is almost non-existant here – if any of my readers knows somewhere to get them, please leave a comment!
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Cool Biz stress

During a summer day, at what point do you sweat the most? graph of japanese statisticsWith the Japanese summer comes Cool Biz (and Ultra Cool Biz), an energy-saving initiative where everyone is encouraged to turn their air conditioning to 28 degrees and wear lighter and more casual clothes in the office. Shiseido, a cosmetics company, conducted a survey into awareness of smells in the workplace to see, amongst other things, if sweat was a source of stress.

Demographics

Over the 27th and 28th of March 2013, 1,248 business persons living in Tokyo and Osaka and their surrounding areas were interviewed. The ages ranged from 20 to 59 years old, but no further information was provided.

I probably sweat the most in the office; my problem with commuting is usually far too cold a carriage!

This year I’m trying out Uniqlo’s AIRism underneath my work shirts. So far they feel great, and they stop my back sweat soaking into my shirt, but I’ll wait until it gets a lot hotter before delivering my final verdict. Its odour neutralising properties, however, are no match for my underarms!
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Your car stinks!

goo Ranking took a look at what awful in-car smells would you be unable to tell the driver about.

Demographics

Over the 7th and 8th of December 2012 1,059 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.8% in their teens, 14.4% in their twenties, 24.9% in their thirties, 28.8% in their forties, 11.5% in their fifties, and 9.6% 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.

It’s got to be ciggie smells for me too, followed closely by too much Magic Tree (are they still popular?), usually used to mask said ciggies! Here’s a car that probably manages to avoid number 12 only…

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Smells that get the juices flowing

Do you like going to 'depachika', basement food stalls in department stores? graph of japanese statisticsiShare recently asked their survey panel about what food smells get their juices flowing.

Demographics

Between the 6th and 12th of January 2010 588 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 54.6% of the sample were male, 32.1% in their twenties, 32.8% in their thirties, and 35.0% in their forties.

I love depachika on the whole, although I stay away from the meat counter. My least favourite food smell is buta-man, Chinese pork steamed bun, which is sold at a couple of stations on the way home, and anyone bringing it into my carriage really turns my stomach.
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Two in five Japanese conscious of their own smell

How sensitive are you to smells? graph of japanese statisticsFollowing on, I suppose, from the recent survey on bowel movements, MyVoice performed another survey, this time on perhaps one of the aftermaths of bowel movements, smells.

Demographics

Over the first five days of November 2007 19,910 members of the MyVoice internet community completed a private online survey. 54% of the sample was female, 1% in their teens, 16% in their twenties, 38% in their thirties, 28% in their forties, and 17% in their fifties.

In Q4 surely there must be a degree of respect for elders going on! Three or four of my bosses at work have spent many years perfecting that exquisite combination of stale beer, ciggies, coffee, natto, and general mouth rancidness that make my eyes water at twenty paces!

It might be interesting to cross-reference this against another MyVoice survey from a year and a half ago on deodorants.

Oh, and I haven’t a clue in Q5 and Q6 what a table is supposed to smell of!
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悪臭 What Japan Stinks

…of in the summer, just to finish off the dangling headline. I’m back from my holidays, and back to stupidly hot temperatures around double of what I left back in the UK and Germany, so to tie in with the hot and humid weather right now (and it’s going to get a lot hotter and more humid before it’s done) let’s look with goo Ranking at what summer smells people hate. As usual for these ranking surveys, demographic information is not available, just that on the 22nd and 23rd of May a number of members of the goo Research monitor group completed an online survey on this topic.

One may notice that the top pong, body odour, relates to one of these things that foreigners hear (perhaps only from other foreigners?) about how the Japanese don’t sweat.

Finally, the kanji used in the headline, 悪臭, akushuu, consists of two kanji for bad and smell, and means exactly that.
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Over half of Japanese homes smell of pee or poo

Do you use odour reduction products at home? graph of japanese opinionDIMSDRIVE Research recently released the results of a poll into the use of commercial odour reduction or elimination chemicals. They interviewed 5,453 members of their monitor pool in the middle of October by means of a private internet-based opinion poll. 56.9% of the sample was female, 67.0% married, and 53.4% of the whole sample had children. 13.8% lived alone, 24.2% with one other person, 48.4% with two or three others, and 13.6% with four or more people. The age profile was 0.9% in their teens, 14.5% in their twenties, 33.5% in their thirties, 30.8% in their forties, 15.0% in their fifties, and 5.3% aged sixty or older.

With only 7.0% of people noticing that their house smells, this compares favourably with those who don’t worry about their own smell. I’m surprised at cooking smells being so low, as it tends to be what I notice most often in other people’s houses, but perhaps it is just down to my unfamiliarity with Japanese cooking smells, especially as we run an almost vegetarian kitchen with very little deep frying or grilling.
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Stench of death evokes images of summer

katorisenkou - mosquito coil - from Wikipedia
Having looked at healing sounds earlier this month, this time goo Ranking looked at what smells evoked images of summer. As usual with goo Rankings, we have absolutely no demographic information whatsoever, so take these numbers with the usual pinch of salt.

For me, if I were being cynical, I would say the smell of fetid sewers and rubbish bins are the most notable summer perfumes of Japan, but to be non-cynical it would be either the smoke of fireworks or newly-cut grass.

The scores are, as usual, 100 points for the top answer and all the others rated as a percentage of the top vote-getter.
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