The title here is just a poor excuse to try to jump on the flyjin bandwagon, in this survey from goo Ranking into when people who’ve moved to Tokyo want to swiftly return back home.


Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% 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’ve been here too long to miss stuff from home, I suppose. The biggest thing remaining is that when I want to eat vegetarian and realise that my choice is horrendously limited.

Ranking result

Q: After moving to Tokyo, when do you get that feeling that you want to swiftly return home? (Sample size=1,070)

Rank   Score
1 When I’m ill all by myself 100
2 When I’m eating alone in my room 73.9
3 When I realise that standard dishes from home cannot be found in Tokyo 62.0
4 After a lively time with friends, when I return to an empty room 59.8
5 When I get a food parcel with a letter from my parents 57.6
6 When friends from home get in touch 56.5
7 When I reminisce with a friend from home 50.0
8 When a travel program visits my home town 42.4
9 When I see a bullet train heading for my home town 39.1
10 When I see people in the street but they ignore me 37.0


Eido Inoue · April 25, 2011 at 00:16

11. When I see the ground shaking and things exploding and on fire in the distance 12.3%

    james grey · April 25, 2011 at 22:33


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