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I am wondering why the Japanese schools, and apparently more Asian countries, use a melody as school bell. Searching around can only tell me that it is common, but can't really state the reason for that. Where does this originate from? Is this some kind of cultural influence?

Examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuMfyndwARQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEQ3c8xyLZc

  • Our schools in Israel generally use a melody as well. – Madara's Ghost Mar 4 '14 at 20:08
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about Japanese culture per se rather than any of the "on-topic" topics. – Maroon Mar 4 '14 at 20:53
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    My high school used electric bell similar to the ones in the Wikipedia article, which sounds like fire alarm. – nhahtdh Mar 4 '14 at 21:01
  • Well, According to their middle school English textbook, the previous bell sounded too much like an air-raid siren, so a teacher and mechanic ( no names places or dates give ) made a new device with this chime. – Dimitri mx Mar 4 '14 at 23:24
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    I agree this is off topic. Until just after WW2, Most school used fire alarm style sound. but in the time most people remember emergency bell in WW2. then avoid using fire alarm style bell and start using current one. – kumagoro Oct 29 '14 at 8:06

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