What this post is about is peace in my neighborhood. Sunday is an election day for the local assembly here. There are two candidates (thankfully only two) running this time around. On our trip up north last Sunday, we saw some areas around Mito City where there were six candidates listed. Signs are posted around the neighborhood so we can all recognize the
The annoying part of campaigns in Japan is that there are vans (buses for higher offices) with LOUD SPEAKERS on them which patrol the neighborhoods "thanking" supporters in a non-stop banter. How loud are they? The other day I was down by lake Kitura and could hear one on the other side of the lake about two miles away. Campaign workers and sometimes the candidates themselves occupy the van and wave to everyone in sight.
I can't vote here, but if I could, I'd vote for the candidate who promised to ban vehicles with loudspeakers from our streets. The least they could do is hand out ear plugs.
With the election will come peace, at least until the next election.