While clearing out some space on my video camera, yet again, I found a video of a Japanese campaign truck that had parked outside of my house early (like 8:45 ish) on a December, Sunday morning (at least I think it was early December anyway). Needless to say I was getting some great sleep, and heard this loud, monotonous voice over a loudspeaker. The speaker was uttering something in Japanese that I didn’t understand. I really had no desire to understand, because I was still a bit groggy. I really just wanted the truck to drive to another neighborhood and park directly in front of somebody’s apartment who was already awake. I walked to the window to see a campaign truck, plain as day, in front of my apartment. I’m already not the biggest political buff…this didn’t help matters much. Since there was no way to stop the truck from announcing, so I just recorded it.
It’s weird, in addition to the campaign trucks, sometimes recycling trucks will roll through neighborhoods, ever so slowly (sometimes on Sunday mornings), with these blaring bullhorns on the top. The voices you hear coming from the bullhorns are quite calm, but because of the speaker volume, it can get pretty annoying. I don’t know if this happens in all areas of Japan, but it’s quite common here in Tsukuba.
I’ve gotten used to it after a while, though. I went from thinking “Shut those mother $%&#*$% bullhorns off…I’m trying to sleep!” to “I wonder how much of the Japanese I can understand.” The first time I could make out what recycling van was saying, I got pretty excited (they wanted to know if anyone had any bikes, computers, etc. that needed recycling). Truth be told, though, I am not always so open to a learning experience if I’m in the middle of some really good sleep, but I’m working on it.
Here’s a short video of the campaign truck that was right outside of my apartment:
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