This Standard of Japan is very interesting. They show the results of Questionnaires, "simple questions about various topics of our daily life". This type of Questionnaire will show the real Japanese life For me this is a good resource when I can not find a good topic to write about too :-)
These results seem quite natural to me, When asked, "What do you use to clean your ears?" 46 people/120 use Mimikaki!, 20/120 use Mimikaki and Q-tips, Only Q-tips is 30/120. Since most Japanese have the dry type earwax, this is very natural. We have a Q-tip which has a sticky head. This would not work as well for the wet type earwax.
"If I were to say Cake! What cake do you imagine first?" for this question 111/136 answered "Strawberry shortcake" 6 people said Chocolate cake, 4 answered cheese cake. Overwhelmingly Strawberry shortcake is the exactly the cake for Japanese. BUT! Here is the point. Short cake was originally a crispy pastry made with shortening that came to Japan from Europe. However in Japan this fresh cream & puffy sponge is more typical of our strawberry short. I heard that sweets maker FUJIYA changed their strawberry cake like this first, and on the other site I read that this old cafe made this type of shortcake first in Tokyo during the 60's. I don't know which is the original, but in the 50's or 60's, there were not a lot of varieties of cake in Japan. Now there are many many many cake shops, and we can enjoy a wide assortment of cakes. There are many good Patisseries like as I've told you in this Jiyugaoka post. But still our cake is strawberry short. Now that is funny.
When I searched for image files of strawberry short on Google and Yahoo, there were many cream and sponge cakes, so I wondered if this type is called strawberry short in North America too.
"How do you address your mother?" 43/142 answered "Oka-san", 18/142 replied "Ka-san". O is the polite prefix attached to the beginning of the word, so Osakan is more polite than Kasan. Then 11/142 replied "Mama" ( I call my mom, Mama), 10/142 replied Ka-Chan. San is polite and Chan is casual. In the Osaka area, Oka-chan is much popular than in the Tokyo area I think. Usually we have this kind tough image for Oka-chan.