2006/12/07

Peace Coming Soon

I hope you know better than to expect peace between nations soon.

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 culprits candidates, even if we have no clue as to their source of graft platform - as if that matters.

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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.

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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.

8 comments:

YD said...

haha... just like the advert-van in Thailand... so annoying!

Or like the old-newspaper-collecting-van in malaysia. "Old news paperrr!!! Suratkhabar lamaaa!! Shou jiu bao zi!!! siu ku po zhuaaaa!!!"

YD said...

oh, another difference...

The old-newspaper-collector sometimes waves to people in the streets too, but people do wave back!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Back when I lived in Itako there was one apparently heated election where they actually had campaigners going door-to-door. On three separate occasions I had groups of middle aged and elderly people knock on my door, and when I opened it they just looked at each other, said, "He can't vote. Let's go," and walked off without so much as an apology for disturbing my privacy.

All three groups were supporters of the same candidate. Thank goodness he lost.

Today I drove to the immigration office in Mito. Those damned speaker vans were EVERYWHERE...

Anonymous said...

*Love IT*

callie
www.calliesrealm.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

You're nicer than me. I'd shoot rubber bands at that annoying noise-maker. But peace in a neighborhood is a good thing.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Peace was the theme of our church service this morning. Members of the congregation brought items that reflected the topic for them -cards, photos, a cross from Al Salvador (I think) made by ordinary people when there was a military junta in place. One woman played 'Clair de Lune' on the piano as her contribution. I played one of Erik Satie's 'Gymnopaedia' pieces and some Chopin - nothing very religious, just to set a mood of quietitude. But of course some kinds of quietness and silence are not about peace but a situation of being in distress caused by bullies who will not allow dissent.
W.

Pandabonium said...

Sounds like a beautiful service, Wendy. It seems to me that those who have benefited from the action of bullies in the past are also the same. The power of law, however acquired, can be used a weapon that is sometimes more potent than a gun to deprive people of their rights. Many parts of of our world today are witness to the fact that there can be no peace without justice.

I hope that justice will prevail in our world, for peace will follow naturally in its path.

Robin said...

yes 2 weeks of carnivals during election where people turn on the loud speaker shouting as if there is really some audience.

i cant believe this is happening for real too. but luckily in sg, everything is so controlled. I think the mosquito that just flew past had permits too.