A tedious New Year for all my readers!


No, that’s not a comment on this blog’s contents (I hope), but instead the theme of a goo Ranking survey into when one feels it tedious spending the New Year holiday at the family home.


Between the 5th and 7th of November 2012 1,049 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 58.8% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 14.6% in their twenties, 27.5% in their thirties, 25.1% in their forties, 11.0% in their fifties, and 11.7% 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.

Here’s what I find tedious about Japanese New Year, standing in queues like these for shrines and temples.

New Year

Living so far away from home and having few opportunities to visit, there is little I feel is tedious regarding spending the Christmas and New Year holiday there, especially as my parents tend to spoil me, so I can lie in as long as I like but there is always food waiting, washing gets done without my intervention, etc. Perhaps only number 15 gets tedious.

On the other hand, regarding number 13 there was something my father said about 13 Christmases ago that I think I remember as being tedious at the time, but it kicked off a chain of events that resulted in me getting married. And I still haven’t forgiven the bugger yet. (No no, darling, that was a joke!)

Ranking results

Q1: What are the tedious things about spending the New Year holiday at the family home? (Sample size=1,049)

Rank Score
1Television is only on for New Year-themed programmes100
2There’s nowhere to go to enjoy myself40.3
3I’ve no time for myself37.7
4=It’s much colder than my own place28.6
4=The only thing fun is movies and dramas, etc28.6
6Having to give the children otoshidama, New Year gifts of cash26.3
7New Year food24.3
8Being made to do the spring cleaning18.0
9Horrible internet connection17.1
10Talking with mother13.4
11Talking with relatives’ children12.6
12Being taken along to do the shopping11.4
13Talking with father10.3
14Being asked about boyfriends/girlfriends, marriage plans, etc10.0
15Being asked about how I’m keeping myself (food, etc)9.1
16Being arm-twisted into filial piety8.6
17Having to look after the relatives’ children8.3
18Talking with the neighbours8.0
19Talking with my siblings7.1
20Talking with my grannie3.7
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