As we have said before, Japan is where the traffic lights sing (3Yen / 2006-10-25). But now it seems that Japan’s pedestrian crossings are going for the birds.
Song melodies at pedestrian crossings nationwide are being phased out in favour of birdcalls.
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) October 7, 2016
The decline of the crosswalk song “Toryanse” for crossing signals with birdcalls
goofy Google Translate of Asahi Shimbun | 2016 October 7
The traditional musical crossing signal, “Toryanse,” which meant to aid the visually impaired persons is being replaced throughout Japan with crossing signals using birdcalls…the east-west direction of traffic is marked with a chickadee song and the north-south direction with a cuckoo song…The National Police Agency, which has been promoting the change … [had a] demonstration/experiment in 2002 that found that more than half of the visually impaired persons evaluated birdcalls as, “easier to understand sound of the traffic direction than conventional crossing music.”