What's an Eki-melo!?
An eki-melo is a short song, about 10-20 seconds to inform to passengers on trains in Japan that the doors are closing on a train. Most city rail systems have jingles to let the passengers know that the doors are closing, but Japan's are much better. They started in 1989 at only Shibuya and Shinjuku stations and have grown since. Eki-melos are a fun, calming and informative way to tell passengers to get their asses on the train. Here's a video of an eki-melo jingle at Tokyo Station. The line is the Yamanote Line. Click here for the eki-melo with better sound quality.