Summer holiday outings

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My summer holidays in Japan ends this weekend, but if you’ve still got some time, here is a survey from @nifty into summer travel that might give you some ideas for what to do.

My summer holidays have amounted to going to the cinema, and this weekend I have an appointment at the dentist…

I’ve not seen any fireworks in the Tokyo region, but I’ve viewed the top three in the West Japan list. I’ve also been to all the five listed West Japan World Heritage sites, but only one of the zoos, although many zoos in Japan are pretty depressing places with tiny cages for huge animals.

Now, pictures of the top (or close to top) locations in Q2 to Q6:

Sumida River Fireworks

Sumida river Fireworks

Naniwa Fireworks (no decent Tenjin photos to be found)

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Kiyomizu Temple

Stage at Kiyomizu

Ueno Zoo

Ueno zoo, Tokyo, Japan

FujiQ Highland Haunted Hospital exit

[FujiQ Highlands]  Haunted Hospital
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Tastes of summer in Japan, from vegetables to ice cream

Which do you prefer? graph of japanese statistics

There’s been a definite lack of good goo Ranking surveys recently, so today I’ll do a ranking and survey hybrid from @nifty looking at the tastes of summer.

I like my Häagen-Dazs, but as I eat it irregularly and usually choose their time-limited special flavours (I have mango milk and truffle sitting in the freezer) I cannot name a favourite flavour. However, I do find the Gelato Meister brand better – despite the naming, it is actually sherbet with high fruit content; I’m looking forward to the 25% Scilian lemon one more than the Dazs’ it’s sitting beside.
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Reasons to hate midsummer trains in Japan

Japanese trains are, overall, great, but at the height of summer one’s patience can be stretched by many a thing; this survey from goo Ranking looked at this, what people hate about packed midsummer trains.

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 15th and 21st of July 2015 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.

Both other people’s sweat or just general hum from a hard day’s work bother me, and sometimes I do find my own sweating embarrassing. Number 19 is a bit of an odd one; it sounds rather Victorian to me!

Here is some pleasant sweat in a train:

pocari sweat
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Erotic women’s summer fashion, according to Japanese men

As promised, as a follow-up to what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic, goo Research took a look at a slightly differently-worded question for the men, what summer fashions do Japanese men find erotic.

Demographics

goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 10th and 14th of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. This question was for the males only.

As I suspected, the choices for body bits for men to be interested in were perhaps too limited to make an interesting survey. I must admit my own weakness for yukata, so here’s a random shot from Flickr:


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Erotic men bits, according to Japanese women

With the real summer upon us, goo Ranking took a look at what bits of men’s bodies on display in summer do women find erotic. If a female body version appears, I will of course report it, although I suspect the answers will be much more limitied…

Demographics

goo Rankings seems to have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 7th and 10th of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was split 50:50 male and female, but no further demographics were given. This question was for the females only.

I hope this image of answer number one doesn’t get my female readers too hot under the collar:

I can do the hairy chest bit, but all of the others are way out of my reach!
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Summer holiday travel plans

This is the first survey I have picked up from Ponta Research, a look at summer holiday travel plans for this year.

Demographics

Between the 7th and 11th of June 2013 2,523 members of the Ponta Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 51.4% of the sample were female, 18.7% were in their twenties, 19.1% in their thirties, 19.7% in their forties, 21.1% in their fifties, and 21.3% in their sixties. Furthermore, all lived in either Tokyo and the surrounding six prefectures, or Osaka and the surrounding four prefectures.

Ponta is a point card offered by the convenience store chain Lawson and supported by many other major companies.

If you’re planning to climb Mount Fuji this summer, be prepared for double if not triple the traffic in this photo, since it got awarded World Heritage status this year:

Crowding the Rim
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Coping with the Japanese summer

What effect does drinking cold drinks have on your body? graph of japanese statisticsRakuten Research recently looked at summer heat countermeasures.

Demographics

Over the 14th and 15th of June 2013 500 members of the Rakuten Research monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female, and the ages of both sexes were 50:50 twenties and thirties.

I am under the impression that sweating is a good way to if not cool off, at least feel better, so having hot drinks (when inside) or something spicy must be a good way to counteract the heat. As I’ve said at least twice before (perhaps I should try to get an affiliate account to make some money off this?), I’ve also started wearing AIRism from Uniqlo, and it quite nicely prevents the horrible sticky, sweaty back feeling I normally get wearing just a shirt.
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When it’s time to return from the summer holidays

This weekend has seen the start of the annual pilgramage away from the cities to one’s hometown, so goo Ranking decided to take a look at when people feel “It’s time I returned” after spending a few summer days with their parents in the countryside.

Demographics

From the 6th to the 9th of July 2012 1,016 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.0% of the sample were female, 9.9% in their teens, 12.7% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 27.0% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 10.3% 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.

When I lived in Scotland I enjoyed going home for Christmas, but I suppose I felt I wanted to return when I ran out of conversation topics! However, now living on the other side of the world, the chances for returning are few and the time always feels so short, so my answer to the question now would be “Never!”
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What annoys Japanese in the office in summer

With the temperature hovering around 35 degrees Celcius outside, and Cool Biz meaning that it’s about 28 degrees Celcius inside the typical office, tempers are bound to be frayed, so this survey from goo Ranking looked at what aspects of their co-workers annoyed people in the office in summer.

Demographics

Over the 8th and 9th of June 2012 1,092 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.1% of the sample were female, 10.8% in their teens, 15.8% in their twenties, 28.9% in their thirties, 26.3% in their forties, 10.2% in their fifties, and 8.0% 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.

I’m probably guilty of causing the first (or more correctly number 16), as I have some scented underarm deodorant in the office, so I’m sure my colleagues at least notice it! I also do tend to get a bit shivery when the air conditioner is over-strong. Number 10 annoys me, although the one person who excessively faps his fan at least does work.
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How Japanese spent their summer holidays as kids

The final summer holiday-themed survey for today is a look at what tough summer holiday experiences Japanese had as children.

Demographics

Over the 6th and 7th of June 2011 1,148 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.6% of the sample were male, 12.1% in their teens, 16.9% in their twenties, 28.0% in their thirties, 25.4% in their forties, 9.7% in their fifties, and 7.9% 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.

I did spend all summer in hospital one year, and another year after playing on the beach the result of our play (undermining a sand dune then breaking the turf on top – I’m sure there was a good reason for it) featured on the front page of the local paper as an example of coastal erosion…
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