Today, November 10th, is Elevator Day (レベーターの日), w0Ot!
On this day in 1890, Japan’s first electric elevator started operation in Tokyo’s Asakusa Ryounkaku.
Previous up-LIFT-ing reports on the 3Yen include:
• Japanese fembot elevator voices (3Yen / 2013-01-15)
• Ups/Downs of the World’s 16th tallest structure
(3Yen / 2010-01-30)
• Elevator molestation instructions from the Tokyo Police
(3Yen / 2005-01-21)
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.”