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: