Hatonomori Park in Summer

Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (守山市の鳩の森公園) is a wooded public park with a few concrete picnic tables, a play area for children, and a small stream on two sides. The park covers 1.86 hectares. On some weekday mornings local people, mostly seniors, gather to play ground golf. On hot summer days the sounds of ground […]

Yasugawa Riverside Ground Golf and Traffic

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/yasugawa-riverside-ground-golf-and-traffic (Listen to the recording on SoundCloud.) A well-maintained leisure space runs along the left bank of Yasugawa (野洲川) for about four kilometers in Ritto City and Moriyama City. It begins as a narrow space a few hundred meters upstream from the Japan Route 8 bridge, Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) and ends near a dam in […]

Taiko Practice

http://soundcloud.com/gpjp/taiko-practice Listen to the recording on SoundCloud (5:48). A taiko group often practices in Moriyama on Saturdays. Sometimes they sound like a professional group, but January 23, 2016, was a practice day for children. This recording is the end of one nonstop session that lasted about 15 minutes. They practice very close to the Shikansen […]

Yasugawa Fireworks – 野洲川花火大会 – 2015

Our local summer fireworks festival – 野洲川花火大会 – was held on July 25, 2015. Hundreds of people lined the riverbank along Yasugawa Sports Park to watch a 30-minute display of fireworks over the river. Many arrived in late afternoon, lined up to buy food and beverages, and enjoyed some entertainment before the fireworks began at […]

New Year 2015 Temple Bells and Fireworks

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-2015-temple-bells-and-fireworks Since there was a light rain this New Year’s Eve, I recorded from my house by placing a stereo microphone in a window facing North toward the nearest Buddhist temple. Nearby houses reflect sounds, so the sense of space may seem distorted in the recording. This was my first time to use a new […]