Japan is going cuckoo

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 avatar
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) October 7, 2016

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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 birdcallsthe east-west direction of traffic is marked with a chickadee song and the north-south direction with a cuckoo songThe 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.”




2 thoughts on “Japan is going cuckoo”

  1. In case you were wondering what the newer birdcall crossing signals sounded like…

  2. Awww Yeah! The chirping birds, the running man green light, the running man flashing green light, the overhead power lines everywhere, the roar of the cars, the crowded trains, the harmonica condos! It’s a paradise! :)

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