The close proximity of numerous neighbours means that for the average Tokyoite, there are restrictions on what can and can’t be done at home. Any hugely expensive surround sound stereo system may well be rendered useless by the pathetic volume levels permitted, and a spot of overtly vigorous nocturnal naughtiness could well result in knowing looks or averted gazes at the next neighbourhood watch meeting.
For budding musicians however the situation is arguably even worse, as anything above a tin whistle is more than likely to cause nothing but complaints and consternation. Meaning playing equals paying, with a practice studio offering the only viable place to go and cut loose.
Unless of course knocking out a few tunes at the side of the road isn’t too off-putting.
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