Biwako Waves

On October 12, 2015, a strong southwest wind blew across Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Waves crashed against the rocky east shore north of Chomeiji. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/biwako-waves This spot is only a few meters from a lakeside road that runs along a steep hillside. Since it was a public holiday, many cars and motorcycles passed […]

Sounds of Aircraft and a Boat at Lake Biwa

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/airplane-and-boat-at-biwako A small airplane and a fishing boat recorded from the shore of Lake Biwa along Shiga Route 25 in Okishima-cho, Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan (map). We can hear gentle waves on the nearby shore, but internal combustion engines dominate this otherwise quiet environment. Other human sounds include a jet aircraft high overhead and […]

Sounds along Biwako

Sounds of Biwako Near Chomeiji At a small corner of land we can hear boats, personal watercraft, cicadas, and sounds from a nearby small temple a few hundred meters west of Chomeiji Port. Recorded on August 13, 2014 with a Sony M10 recorder on a bicycle handlebar bag and facing Lake Biwa. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/biwako-near-chomeiji The recording […]

Ride to Biwako after Typhoon 11 and Super Moon

Typhoon 11 of 2014 passed through western Japan on August 11. By midnight the southern sky was clear enough to see the super moon, although fast-moving clouds from the southwest often obscured the view. The morning of August 11th was clear in the east, so I took a 36 km bike ride down along Yasugawa […]

Biwako, Rice Fields, and an ELVIS License Plate

August 1, 2014, was a hot but overcast day here in Shiga Prefecture. I took a short mid-day bike ride down along Yasugawa to Biwako, rode north along the lake for a few kilometers, and then returned to Yasugawa and rode home. I carried some camera gear, including a new tripod that I wanted to […]