Website Maps Japan's Noisy Neighbors
Nobody likes noisy neighbors — but one Japanese website is trying to make sure people never have to deal with them in the first place with the Dorozoku Map.
The word dorozoku means "street tribe," and refers to children who play in the streets as if they were parks, although the word can also be used to refer to anyone who is noisy in public.
The map, released by DQN Today, uses colorful circles to show places with the most noise problems. Complaints include babies crying, elementary school children playing and even adults talking too much.
For example, one complaint in Hachinohe, Aomori prefecture, says: "The road and the apartment's parking lot have become a children's playground, like a park."
The map was created in 2016, and now has information on more than 6,000 locations across the country — more than half of them in the areas around Tokyo.
It was created by a man in his 40s who has asked not to be named. He told The Asahi Shimbun that he had problems working from home after children started playing in the street in front of the place where he used to live. He said he started the map to help people choose good places to live.
Users can report noisy areas by filling in a form on the website, which is then checked before being published.
However, some people aren't happy to find out they have been included. A children's care facility in Tokyo told The Asahi Shimbun it didn't know it was on the map, and had been open for more than five years without any complaints from the community.
1.When was the Dorozoku Map made?
2.Why did the creator of the map decide to make it?
3.How can users suggest areas to be added to the map?