Yasugawa Small Rapids

July 18, 2014, is World Listening Day. In the morning I went to Shinjo-cho in Moriyama. The water level was very low, but I did some fishing and caught a few hasu. I also made a short field recording of small river rapids, a crow, a Japanese bush warbler, and other sounds. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/yasugawa-small-rapids Here is […]

Wind and Birds in Lower Yasugawa Reeds

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/wind-and-birds-in-lower-yasugawa Last year I bought an Audio-Technica BP2045 microphone for stereo soundscape recording. Last week I finally added a good windscreen, a Rycote Baby Ball Gag Windshield with a Windjammer, and a good shockmount and extension handle with a foam grip. On Saturday, July 5, 2014, I rode to Shinjocho in Moriyama, about 7km from […]

Lower Yasugawa Sounds

On 1 July 2014 I rode my bike about 7km down Yasugawa and recorded insects, birds, and a lot of low frequency noise from machinery and aircraft. Six minutes of my recording can be heard on SoundCloud. Listen with good headphones or speakers to hear the low frequencies. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/lower-yasugawa-on-1-july-2014 This location along the river is […]

Yasukawa Rafting in Moriyama

Moriyama City held its 33rd annual Yasugawa Adventure Tournament on June 29, 2014. I did not know about the event, but as I was cycling down Yasugawa in the morning I saw dozens of hand-built rafts slowly floating down the river from just above the Shiga Route 48 bridge to a few hundred meters below […]

A Few Big Birds

Rainy Season seems pretty dry this year, and local rivers are running low. On Monday, June 23, 2014, I rode down along Yasugawa, looking for egrets and other wildlife along the way. Only a few large birds were on the river, mostly a little downstream of Shiga Route 2. I spent nearly an hour watching […]