Unfortunately, Angry Birds is not popular in Japan. When I tell this to foreign people, they are surprised. However, this is a fact. Why? The main problem is that there are a lot of rivals of Angry Birds. Too many mobile games & too many characters… In fact, Japan resembles Finland. At first, the area of the country is the almost same. 80% of the country are the forest and don’t have underground resources. However, Japan has a big difference. It’s population. Population of 125 million produces mobile games and characters and to consume. Well, Japan has a closed specific market. I think that the reason is not only it. Many Japanese adults have a feeling of repulsion to “banging oneself”. They watch Angry Birds and says in this way, “What a cruel game!”, “I feel sorry for the birds and piggies!”. Why? I write it in the blog someday.
In opposition to the Zushi City Council’s ordinance to ban music on the beaches of Zushi
“Music to be banned regardless of genre.”
The Zushi City Council in Kanagawa Prefecture is planning to place a music ban on the beaches of Zushi. What good can come from enacting this kind of ordinance?
If this ordinance is enacted, many forms of music, including live music and background music chosen by the venues (Umi No Ie) operating on the beaches will banned. Even portable music players, regardless of size will be banned. Only “Authorized Music”, chosen by the city will be piped in.
In other words, if you listen to music you enjoy on the beach, you will be breaking the law. Are there any beaches anywhere in the free world that bans music?
The roots of the problem began when the Zushi City Council, in an attempt to attract more customers, opened up the beach to “Urban Style Live Houses”. They also opened the door for “Disco Style Clubs” to set up shop. Both styles have traditionally played music at very large volumes. The City also allowed the beachgoers to play loud music on their portable players in and around the streets near the beach.
The regulation should not just be a ban on music, but on the volume of the music coming out of the venues. And a stricter policy on the noise coming from customers in and around the streets near the beaches as they leave the area should be enforced so as not to be a nuisance to nearby residents. A ban on music is not the solution.
Music has always been an integral part of Japanese culture, from ancient court music to the music played at festivals, many of these on the beaches themselves.
To continue on this path, could set a bad precedent to totally ban music at all other festival events, regardless of location.
We urge the Zushi City Council to rethink this music ordinance, and to keep music on the beaches, and to provide a safe environment for residents and outsiders to enjoy.
So we ask your support to fight this ordinance to ban music on the beaches of Zushi. Let the healing power of music be there for all to enjoy. Let the music play!
Are you interested in the Yakuza(Japanese Mafia)? This site gathers up images of Yakuza offices based on Google Street View. Unfortunately all the texts are Japanese. Please utilize Google translation.
However, you may be disillusioned. Because most Yakuza offices are common private houses and buildings. Movies are full of fictions! :D