Sounds You Will Not Hear in Tokyo:
- Arguments in the Street
- Honking (Exception: Very occasionally, a taxi)
- Conversations between strangers (especially aboard trains. The more crowded they are, the quieter).
- Apologies between people who have bumped into one another or otherwise violated personal space (Replaced by nods, bows, glances).
- Conversation on a crowded train
- Individuals’ music (e.g. boomboxes, loud headphones)
Sounds You Will Hear in Tokyo:
- Formalized routine sales pitches, recorded music via loudspeaker (in commercial districts)
- Loudspeakers blaring from moving trucks (in residential areas – electronics resale shops; in busy centers – right-wing hate speech)
- The rattle of passing trains
- The klaxons of train crossings
- Beeps (crosswalks, backing trucks)
- Happy chatter (only late at night, after patrons begin leaving bars and cafes)