Emergency vehicles not only use the usual sirens, but also megaphones to ask for caution and apologize for the inconvenience. Whichever store I was in, I was welcomed friendly and loudly with "Irasshaimase! In the shop itself, besides the in-house recognition melody, promotion for two or three products or services is often heard - simultaneously and audibly.
Arrived in the open-plan office, in which about 120 colleagues grouped into 10 islands dedicate themselves to work, the gong sounds at 9:00 a.m. at the start of work, at the beginning and end of the one-hour lunch break, and finally at the official closing time at 5:45 p.m.
No matter how much the colleagues discipline themselves - a certain background murmur cannot be avoided, accompanied from time to time by a "Haai, haai" softly whispered into the pone by a colleague opposite of me, an energetic, loud one by the colleague behind me or an empathetic reaction expressed audibly (“höööööö?!”) next to me, or by handling the metal drawers of the desks. That's where my noise cancellation headphones gave up.
There are particularly lively districts such as Shibuya with its famous giant intersection or "Electric Town" Akihabara, which, in addition to numerous electronics shops, has many cafés, anime shops and pachinko halls - when their doors open, the noise of the slot machines penetrates the street.