Why would anyone post about garbage trucks?
Well, they are pretty unique in Japan. They are – first of all – TINY because they need to be to get through the many narrow, winding streets that makes up Tokyo suburbia.
Secondly, and more uniquely, they play this happy, cheerful music as they go, giving you the feeling that you should run for the ice-cream truck. They don’t do early morning runs like back home, thankfully, so they make a good 11am wake up call. But still, the music is bizarre. And catchy. I’ve caught myself humming it some days.
Not all trucks play music, it should be pointed out. Some are simply a recorded announcement played again and again. What they say is beyond my comprehension, but my best educated guess is that it’s extolling the city government’s disposal program.
The garbage disposal method is interesting. I live in Yokohama so we have the insane recycling program to contend with. But even in other prefectures, the garbage is left in their bags under nets on the side of the street (to stop crows and strays getting at it). Japan is a relatively clean country, when you think about how many people live here – but one thing that often gets to me is the smell. I think that if they tried using BINS for that garbage, they wouldn’t have the crow or smell problem anymore.
Ha, but then, how could they inspect our garbage to make sure that we’ve properly sorted everything?