- 92% of people Asahi Newspaper surveyed on the streets of Osaka use LINE chat daily.
- 80.6% of couples who answered a poll by O-ucchino said that their relationship is harmonious, and 78.8% of them sleep in the same room.
- 58.0% of mothers said they emphasize easy-to-prepare breakfasts, while only 17.6% of them focus on nutritional balance, according to research by Sato Foods.
- 41.0% of voters surveyed by Google used websites to collect information in order to decide which candidate to vote for in the Upper House election.
- 32.5% of single women polled by MyNavi said they would rather be a housewife than a working woman after marriage.
- 8.7 % of the parent generation in a parent-child survey conducted by Asahikasei Homes are considering the specifics of their property inheritance situation.
So what is it with Japanese and “konamono sweets” (sweets made out of flour)? Be it crepes, doughnuts, waffles or honey toast, they seem to move up and down the trend chart on a fairly regular basis.
Over the past few years, upmarket and imported pancakes have been a booming food trend in Japan. Some of the more famous outlets, such as the chic Australian chain bills or the more down-to-earth Hawaiian Eggs ’n Things, are still attracting long lines of pancake lovers. Perhaps the best illustration of pancake mania came this past May in the form of a mobile app called Minna no Pankeiki-bu (Everybody’s Pancake Club), which allowed users to locate the closest flapjack cafe.
While the usual syrup-and-butter variety is still a mainstay, variations far off that theme are emerging. Anyone up for pancakes covered in hiyashi chūka (cold Chinese noodles) or shirasu (baby fish and radish)? Anyone at all?
Keep in mind, there is a precedent here for this flour power: okonomiyaki, the savory pancake-like dish made popular in Kansai, has its origins in an Edo Period item called sukesoyaki, which consisted on a pancakes and a sweet bean (anko) paste.
While it’s hard to say whether the days of the pancake renaissance are numbered, we couldn’t help but notice the rising popularity of another Western breakfast favorite: French toast.
The new trend is all about shokuji French toast — it’s a meal, not a dessert. While French toast isn’t new to Japan, “Haru and Haru” called itself Tokyo’s first french toast cafe when it opened in May last year. Not long after that came Sarabeth’s, a breakfast restaurant from New York, famous for “fat and fluffy” French toast.” A 30-minute wait to get in isn’t uncommon.
Lobros relaunched its cafes this past March as Yocco’s French Toast Café, with locations in Jiyugaoka, Kichijoiji and Nakano. Yocco’s serves both a sweet and savory versions, with emphasis on the latter. If you’re adventuresome, you might want to try with a tall glass of cauliflower juice.
In Tokyo’s Yurakucho, the Cafe Chou Chou serves daily non-sweet “pain perdu” (French toast in French). If you’re looking for savory French toast for less than ¥1,000, try Pain Petit Pas in Harajuku. For lunch it serves French toast topped with cured bacon and smoked salmon.
Will shokuji French toast rise the heights of the pancakes and crepes? It’s hard to say. We’ll keep our eye out for an app called Minna no furenchi-tosuto-bu . . . hope no one decides to combine them with hiyashi chūka?
- 90.8% of people in Japan do not know what a “smart TV” is, although some of that percentage had heard the term before, according to goo research.
- 84.5% of men who answered a poll by the Communication Design Research Institute said they are more attracted to women who eat a lot (note: most men said they prefer to see women eat healthy foods such as salad).
- 79% people in Japan agree with the idea of charging a fee to climb Mount Fuji, according to research conducted by Yamatokeikokusha Company.
- 63% of junior high and high school female students polled by Fumi Communications said they plan to vote when they reach the voting age of 20.
- 56.8% of people who own digital devices such as tablets and smart phones use security software to protect their private information.
- 45% of single women between aged 25-29 want to have a baby within the next three years. That percentage is larger than that for married women in same age range, according to research by Dentsu Souken Mamalabo.
- 97.4% of people use PowerPoint over other visual presentation tools, such as Prezi or Keynote, according to a poll by Goo Research.
- 73% of those surveyed by Goo Research said that they believe electric vehicles will continue to gain popularity in coming years.
- 52.3% people who responded to a poll by Asahikasei Homes said Abenomics is motivating them to spend.
- 49.6% of families have at least one member who owned a smartphone at the end of last year, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Two years ago, that number was only 29.3%.
- 25% of blog readers polled by MyVoicecom said they have purchased something online because of a particular blog post.
- 23.6% of Japanese Facebook users polled by Cross Marketing said they visit the site more than one time a day, while 24.6% of users use LINE daily.
- 87.1% of people surveyed said they’ve been motivated to travel by what they’ve seen on social networking sites.
- 64.8% of single-child parents polled by TamaHome Co. are hesitant to have another.
- 49.8% of Japanese surveyed before the World Cup qualifier game thought that the Samurai Blue would beat Australia on Tuesday.
- 28.8% of women polled by The Suit Company said that “Cool Biz” casual dress was inappropriate for work.
- 25% of Japanese people in their 20s have read the entire “One Piece” manga series of 70 books.
- 12.9% of students graduating in the spring of next year said that they already have a job secured after graduation.