Sounds of the real Japan: Talking Intersection
Talking Intersection, Kyoto
At noon on a Sunday, Karasuma Dori (street) in Kyoto was bustling with people and cars. When the light changed, the normal chirping to alert the blind that it is safe to cross started up (and probably from another nearby speaker).
In addition to that, moreover, there was another sound: a woman's soothing, mechanical voice:
The light is going to change to red. The light is red. This is the Karasuma-Rokkaku intersection.
May 28, 2006.