The Reason behind Japan’s 5 P.M. Chime

Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media
Published in
4 min readDec 15, 2023

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A megaphone pole at sunset

f you have been in Japan, you have probably noticed that at 5 p.m. every day, in most neighborhoods, a little music is broadcasted through speakers. Sometimes a voice is saying something in Japanese too. What is this music? What is its purpose? Is the phenomenon nationwide? Read on to find all the answers.

Why Is There Music at 5 P.M. on the Streets in Japan?

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Amélie Geeraert
Kokoro Media

Living in Japan since 2011. I love interviewing inspiring people.