If you’ve ever been to Japan you must have noticed that everything and anything makes sounds and talks. Elevators, escalators, doors, train stations, gates, vending machines – you name it, it makes sounds and talks.
It’s so apparent but yet quite comforting that I enjoyed it. It became an additional channel of information without the need of point-and-call all the time. Highly effective for me.
Japan utilizes sounds to a degree that every detail seems to count. Take the station gates you rush through to get to your train platform. It’ll sound differently depending on how you pay, what status your ticket had and even how close your IC-cards balance is to being empty.
Or just the fact that the ticket gates make sounds at all to make you find them easily.
A good portion of this sounds you can find on places like YouTube or specialized websites. One of those specialized websites is hatsumelo.com:
For some routes and stations you find here:
- Station melody – departing and arrival melodies that are played on the occasion
- In-car chime – chimes played before and after information broadcasts mainly in the Shinkansen and limited express trains.
- Door opening and closing – doors make sounds too!