How country bumpkins act when they come to the big city university


With the university enrollment season upon us (Japan starts in April rather than September or October), goo Ranking had a short survey looking at how university freshers from the regions tend to be when they come to Tokyo.


Over the 9th and 10th of January 2013 1,072 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 59.4% of the sample were female, 8.5% in their teens, 14.1% in their twenties, 29.8% in their thirties, 27.1% in their forties, 10.4% in their fifties, and 10.2% 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 left my back-of-beyond home to go to Scotland’s capital to study, but perhaps because in the UK there is less of likelyhood to study in your home town – hmm, is there really? Many of my Japanese colleagues did so, but in my class of about 30 in university, there was maybe just one (none at all?) from Edinburgh itself – such a distinction is less likely to be made?

Ranking result

Q: How do university freshers from the regions tend to be when they come to Tokyo to enroll? (Sample size=1,072)

Rank Score
1They try their hardest to hide their dialect but get all embarrassed when some slips out100
2They ask fellow freshers where they are from, and feel relieved when they are from even further away89.2
3They get all excited when their friends tell them about the famous people they’ve seen68.4
4After eating out and convenience store meals, they get homesick for their parents’ home cooking63.1
5They splurge all their allowance, and get perplexed by poverty59.0
6They get emotional about going to restaurants written about in magazines56.1
7They cannot shake off “Aren’t city folk cold?” and other biases54.2
8They get ecstatic when they get asked to be a hair salon model47.0
9After holidays they come back in new clothes, hair cuts, etc46.3
10They get lonely living alone so hang out at their friends’ homes44.6
11They try to meet up with friends in front of Shibuya Hachiko, Shinjuku Alta, etc43.6
12They encounter a famous person they look up to, and secretly hope that they can become friends37.3
13University campus is too large, and they get lost moving between classes36.4
14They get excited when they see their address starts with “Tokyo City”33.5
15They frantically look for a boyfriend/girlfriend at society, circle welcoming parties32.3
16When they meet up with other people from the same area, they talk about how they differ from the city kids28.4
17They think that everyone who tries to talk to them at stations have ill intent28.2
18They carry their bag across their chests to try avoid having their wallet stolen22.7
19When they use dialect they bask in the attention for a second then get all embarrassed22.4
20They often wear their favourite clothes21.9
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1 Comment »

  1. Derek/Nobuyuki said,
    March 12, 2013 @ 23:35

    I get number7 but people constantly reinforce the stereotype of a certain major metropolitan being cold but don’t understand the rest… Especially number 20

    I make very little effort to change my dialect or speaking style for people.

    Also something on this form is breaking my phone’s input method… Possibly JavaScript running onChange or something

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