Hassha Merodi from Several Station in Tokyo

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I really enjoyed the sounds we could hear in the stations in Tokyo, especially the jingle right before a train departs. Although simple and short, the melody of the jingles sounds very beautiful. I felt like listening to an instrumental music in the midst of travelling, and I always listened to it with joy. A few melodies even comes to mind just talking about it. One of my favourite jingles was the one from Tokyo Station that sounded modern and futuristic. I recorded many jingles while I was staying in Japan.

It turns out that the person behind those jingles was a person named Minoru Mukaiya, a composer and keyboard player from the jazz band Casiopea. Minoru-san had created over 110 jingles for the stations in Japan. The jingles he made have this unique melody created from a digital synthesizer. The melody is very unique to Japanese culture that reminded me of pop music, video games, and jazz fusion of Japan from the 70’s and 80’s. The Japanese people call these jingles “Hassha merodi” that translates to the melody for a train departure. Quoted from ABC News, Minoru-san explained the meaning of these short jingles “People know the doors won’t close while the music is playing and it gives comfort to people.” Arigatou gozaimasu, thank you Minoru-san for creating such wonderful jingles that brightened the day of many people in the station including myself. If only there were beautiful melodies in every Indonesian station, other than the famous melody: mi do re sol, sol re mi do, do mi re sol, sol re mi do…

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