- 14 Mar 2002
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Kakokawa City in Hyōgo Prefecture has decided to remove a street piano after officials concluded too many people were displaying poor manners while playing.
The local council in Kakogawa placed a piano inside the area's main railway station in November. Authorities hoped residents would respond to a global trend that has seen a massive rise in street pianos. But officials were disappointed by apparent rule-breaking, such as people playing too long or singing. In law-abiding Japan, some directives were laid out for the piano's use. Officials insisted that users disinfect their hands before playing, that performances should be kept to 10 minutes and that people should avoid voice accompaniment. But they decided to pull the plug because too many people used the piano for longer or sang loudly while playing. Some budding musicians stand accused of practising the same sounds repeatedly - for up to an hour - while others provoked complaints by continuing to play during station announcements.
Japan street piano confiscated after public 'break rules'
Authorities in a Japanese city decided too many people were displaying poor manners while playing it.
Japanese city to remove street piano due to users' bad manners, rule-breaking | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
A Japanese city in western Japan will soon remove a street piano, only six months after the instrument was placed at a station. City officials cited users who were disruptive or did not follow rules.