YouTube Japan has recently released a list of the most popular keywords used to search for videos in Japan. This could be a good 2010 “Japan cultural literacy” test for people to see if they know what these are.
On to the list:
January – 涙 (namida). This word means tear or tears (as in what comes out of your eyes when you cry).
February – オリンピック (orinpikku) meaning “the olympics”
March – 北乃きい Kii Kitano
April – Bump of Chicken
May – ヒルクライム (hirukuraimu) usually spelled Hilcrhyme.
June – ワールドカップ (warudo kappu) – the world cup.
July – 倖田來未 (koda kumi) a.k.a. Kumi Koda
August – Perfume
September – 君に届け (kimi ni todoke) and at the risk of providing a hint, it’s commonly referred to in English as “From Me to You”
October – Gee
November – 海上保安庁 (kaijohoancho), the Japan Coast Guard
It’s kind of an interesting look back on the year.