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Published on 06.07.2016
K&S TV started since September 2015 gives videos in both Japanese and English. Up to now, it has more than 280 subscribers on Youtube with more than 100 videos about Japan including Japan’s culture, daily life, famous places and spots, etc.
This time is a Question Game which is filmed in Japanese along with English subtitle. All of the given questions are multiple choices and about Japan and English. The loser has to be punished.
S-san gives a question about Japanese family name:
Which of the following is the most popular surname in Japan?
The most suitable answer is B. Sato, 佐藤. There are about 1,928,000 Japanese people has this surname.
The second popular name is Suzuki鈴木 with the number of 1,707,000 persons.
1,336,000 is the figure relating to the number of people with the name of Tanaka田中.
It is a little-known fact that until the Meiji era (1868-1912), the ordinary men and women of Japan did not have surnames. Those names were only for people in positions of power, nobility, or those of noted artistic ability. However these days, there are an estimated 100,000 family names in Japan, which is considered to be much more than in many Western countries and neighboring Korea and China. Some other names that you might find them quite familiar such as: Takahashi高橋 (1,416,000), Watanabe 渡辺 (1,134,000), Ito 伊藤 (1,080,000), Yamamoto 山本 (1,077,000), Nakamura中村 (1,059,000), Kobayashi小林 (1,019,000), Saito斉藤 (980,000).
“The 10 most common surnames in Japan” www.japantoday.com