A slightly slow Easter survey

This short survey from Beenos looked at Easter.

I’ve never heard about (or just forgotten!) Easter sales back in the UK, and I was similarly blissfully unaware of anything like that in Japan. I agree that Easter isn’t making much traction in Japan; it seems like an excuse to just sell a few rabbit-themed cakes, nothing more.

I suppose Totoro does sort-of look like a very fat rabbit:

Happy Totoro Easter!

Three in ten Japanese have VHS tapes, but what do they do with them?

Here is a short survey from VoiceNote Magazine looking at video and photo memories.

One reason for the survey was to promote a service that will back up your physical photos and videos to the cloud.

My wife used to have a huge amount of video tapes lying around that would never get watched, but when we moved last time into a smaller flat, she took the opportunity to throw almost all of them away. However, we still have a heap of DVDs of unwatched TV that I suspect will go straight into the bin next time we move, hopefully.

It’s quite amazing what turns up when you search for VHS photos…

New York Comic Con 2017 - Sailor Moon

Japanese adults’ favourite character, continued

Following on from Sunday’s ranking, here is the second half of Honote’s survey from Macromill Inc into adults’ favourite characters.

Note that there was a pre-survey where about 1,600 people wrote in their favourite characters, from which the top 20 answers were selected, then presented to the takers of this survey.

I actively dislike Mickey Mouse and most of the related Disney stuff, but even given that, back in December I had two days in Tokyo Disneyland and it was a wonderful stress relief. Surprisingly for me, Star Wars was about the worst ride (it’s been redone since I was there, though), and I don’t even want to talk about what they have done to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!

Great Wave at Tokyo Disney World, after Hokusai

Overseas travel and sleep disorder

This survey from DeNA Travel looked at overseas travel and sleep disorders. Note that this survey is about chronic sleep disruption; not just one late night, but a series of poor sleep experiences resulting in a build-up of tiredness.

On foreign trips I suffer hopelessly from lack of sleep, caused by probably everything in Q4… I’m not sure if there was some preselection of the sample, as the questions seem to suggest that it is business trips they are asking about, as having gone on a Japanese package tour, early starts and late finishes destroy any chance of getting even a semi-decent sleep to try to shake off the jet-lag.

Here’s someone in Japan getting enough sleep:

野毛山動物園のレッサーパンダのキンタちゃん♀ (This Red Panda Name is Kinta. She is Female Red Panda of Nogeyama Zoo.)

Japanese children and teeth braces

The web site EPARK Dentist, a dental clinic listing, rating and appointment site, recently decided to publish a survey on braces for children.

Looking at the web site, my usual dentist when I lived in Osaka is this guy, who I can heartily recommend, and while I’m in the Tokyo area, I visit here, who is OK. Note that both these clinics do not do what a lot of foreigners complain about, which is dragging out teeth cleaning over multiple visits; without prompting, they have both offered to do everything in one go.

This dental clinic slogan amuses me:

No teeth, no life!!

Three in four nine-year-old Japanese still believe in Santa

Merry Christmas to all my readers! Here’s a very short extract from a seasonal survey into Christmas 2017 by the largest site in Japan for tripping with children, Iko-yo.

I think there is a bit of wishful thinking by parents overlooking the possibility that their kids “believe” in Santa in order to avoid the presents coming.

Today as I passed through a train station over 10 Santas of both sexes came through the ticket gates. Why, I know not. Photo, I have not.

Much Santa
Such Merry

Osaka Great Santa Run 2013

Correlation between coffee and cigarettes

This interesting survey from NTTCom Research looked for a correlation between coffee and cigarettes, in particular how visiting coffee shops might increase exposure to second-hand smoke.

In Japan, most coffee chains are smoking, with each chain and each store having their own particular degree of separation between smoking and non-smoking areas. Starbucks are 100% non-smoking, although those with terraces allow outdoor smoking, Tully’s (home-grown fake Starbucks) and Saint Marcs have enclosed smoking areas with air-tight doors, and Becks and Dotour varies from perfect separation to worst than useless. Most independent shops tend to be cancer-donor wards, although once in a while there are exceptions, so check reviews before you enter!

Note that in Q4, the numbers illustrate that this sample had 17.0% non-smokers, 63.3% ex-smokers, and 19.7% smokers. It looks to me as if the ex-smoker and non-smoker percentages have been switched, or that there was some form of pre-screening, but I cannot see anything in the text to say what exactly is happening.

Here’s a typical small privately-owned coffee shop. The owner probably brews an excellent cup of coffee at a wallet-damaging price, but as you can tell from the ashtrays in the photo, there will no doubt be a couple of regulars in a corner smoking the place out:

Roman Coffee Shop, Matsue, Japan

Japan’s favourite eggs are chicken, salmon and cod

This survey from @nifty looked at egg-based foods, covering both bird eggs and fish roe.

My parents often ate cod roe and herring roe; I only tried cod once as a child, but I can still remember the unpleasant texture. Although we ate a lot of salmon in our house (my father would regularly catch many fish) I cannot remember salmon roe ever appearing on the table. I don’t know if it was that he only went fishing after the spawning season, or he chucked them away, or what. Next time I’m on the phone I’ll have to ask!

By the way, note that percentages with one decimal place are exact values, but with no decimal places are estimates read off graphs.

Here’s some typical salmon roe – to me it just looks too polished and deeply-coloured, so I always suspect there must be artificial colouring added (they do it to farmed salmon meat, so why not eggs too) and something else pre-serving for that extra shine:

Japanese New Years Cuisine (Salmon Roe)

Young Japanese women and Instagram

The sweets maker Kanro recently released a survey that looked at Instagram and lifestyle, with young women being the focus.

One reason for this survey is to promote a photo competition. Follow either Kanro’s Twitter or Instagram account, take a photo of yourself with a package of Kanro’s Pure Gummi and upload it, tagging it with #ピュレフォト and #キャンペーン実施中 by the end of the year. After that, 1,000 people will be selected (at random, I presume) and will receive 6 bags of limited edition colourful Pure Gummy.

My Instagram account is mostly stuff I find interesting and the occasional food plate, and I’ll like just about anything with kittens in it.

Here’s a selection of fruity gummy:

Gummy Candy