Lonely feelings from disappearing items in Japan


At the world marches on, fixtures from our childhood become outdated and start to disappear, leaving just an empty feeling behind. This survey from goo Ranking looked at what disappearing items make the Japanese feel lonely


Between the 21th and 24th of October 2008 1,056 members of the goo Research online monitor panel completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.5% of the sample were female, 5.0% in their teens, 13.2% in their twenties, 28.4% in their thirties, 31.5% in their forties, 13.1% in their fifties, and 8.8% 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 can think of a lot of intangible items I miss, but as for the tangible, I do miss line printers with fan-fold paper! As a developer, running over a set of A4 pages with too much word-wrapping is just not as satisfying nor as productive as a heap of fan-fold. From the list, 18, quiz programs with members of the public is the one I can most identify with.

Ranking result

Q: The recent disappearance of what things leaves you feeling lonely? (Sample size=1,056)

Rank Score
1Public telephones100
2Exchanging letters88.0
3Privately-owned shops71.9
4Neighbourhood sweet shops68.4
5Children’s secret hideouts61.0
6Open fields52.3
7Sleeper trains48.5
8Natural forests, mountains in the back garden48.0
9Lifetime employment46.4
10Funfair on department store rooftops46.4
11Dining cars on trains45.7
12Being friends with the neighbours45.4
13Fields, rice paddies44.1
14Japanese style veranda42.9
15Mobile shops (tofu, milk, wind chimes, food carts, etc)38.5
16Seasonal features38.0
17Old-style coffee shops31.6
18Quiz programmes featuring members of the public29.1
19Back streets28.3
20Film cameras26.8
21Local festivals25.5
22Mosquito nets24.5
23Chindon-ya, advertising marching bands22.7
24Historical plays21.4
25“Nomi-nication”, the Japanese for “drink” stuck on the head of “communication”19.6
27Juvenile gangs12.5
28Mobile libraries12.2
29Rental video12.0
30Pin-up idol audition programmes9.7
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1 Comment »

  1. Lurker said,
    August 27, 2011 @ 14:42

    Juvenile gangs?! Really??

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