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:
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…
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!
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.
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.
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:
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:
Since this weekend is the last before Halloween, lots of people will be dressing up and congregating at places around Japan, this short survey from MAKEY, a smartphone app that teaches make-up techniques, into Halloween costumes looked at what middle and high school girls and university students would like to dress up as.
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