Oct 7, 2017
I just wrote a blog here about Communists visiting my door before 6:30 AM, and a couple of folks commented about the use of loudspeakers. Well, before you could say Stalin, a female voice started to get louder and louder as it approached down the street. My wife and I happened to be out with the kids on a walk, but we had to stop in front of our house so I could snap this pic:
I guess I give the old man points for smiling and bowing as he disrupted an otherwise peaceful morning.
One thing that really bugged me though (other than the noise pollution) was the fact that it was a pre-recorded female voice calmly telling us about the dangers of the Abe government and the need to protect Article IX of the Constitution. Something just seems so lazy and propagandist about it. Instead, I think that the Communists should treat politics like yaki-imo drivers: sing it in a catchy, recognizable song. Actually, if they actually just sang the yaki-imo song, they would probably be able to hold my attention for more than the few seconds I used to take a pic so I could rant about how annoying they are. The moral of the story is that yaki-imo drivers are always welcome to disrupt my peace and quiet--communists, not so much.
Hitting the books once again as a Ph.D. student in Niigata Prefecture. Although I've lived in Japan many years, life as a student in this country is a first.
Blessed Dad. Lucky Husband. Happy Gaijin (most of the time).
So that's it then, you don't exist in Japan without a loudspeaker, politically at least! (Maybe that's where us foreigners have been going wrong in our laments about not being able to vote in Japan -not enough loudspeaker action.) Actually, I would have thought a song would suit the communists, a bit of singing in unison to gee-up the workers. Perhaps needs to be something a little more foreboding that the yaki-imo ditty though! Enjoy!
I guess these are everywhere in Japan. In addition to this there is a person who plays and walks in the city with Japanese wooden instrument in the evenings. :)