The Yaki-Imo Truck Song
For a lighter form of Japanese nostalgia than the pictures I posted yesterday, here is a beautiful recording of the sound of a yaki-imo truck song. Yaki-imo are roasted sweet potatoes that are often sold by trucks that go through residential neighborhoods playing a song that advertises their product. It might be compared to the ice cream trucks that would come through my neighborhood where I grew up in the US, except that the song is very different. I don’t miss the ice cream truck songs much, but whenever I leave Japan for an extended period of time, this sound as well as that of the warabi mochi truck I miss. Often it’s not until I do hear it here, which is rare, that I know how much I had missed it. . .
(I need to work on resizing the YouTube window, but for now, I’ll just put it up although the balance is off. I have to run to the doctor to get this cold checked like a good Japanese person. Haha!)