Hotaru no Hikari

Hotaru no Hikari: Japan’s Take on the Famous ’Auld Lange Syne’ Tune

Natives from Scotland, the US, and other English-speaking countries might be confused to hear the tune to “Auld Lange Syne” played over loudspeakers in stores in Japan minutes before closing. This phenomenon is all across Japan, in department stores, grocery stores, and even pachinko parlors. Why is this? If you ask a Japanese friend about…