Merry Christmas from Ritto, Japan

Merry Christmas! This year Christmas Day in Ritto City is fairly warm and sunny. In Japan it’s an ordinary work day. Of course in cities, we can see a lot of illumination display, and there are many events, bargain sales, etc., especially for college students and other young folks with money. It’s purely commercial. I […]

Sounds of Mochitsuki at Hayama Danchi

Neighborhood adults and children are making mochi (Japanese rice cake). We take turns pounding the rice. Adults help and encourage children to keep this winter tradition alive in rural Japan. http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526968496/in/set-72157638970732745/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11526886765/in/set-72157638970732745/ More photos of the event are on Flikr: Hayama Danchi 2013 Mochitsuki.

Yasugawa After Typhoon 18

http://youtu.be/VPV-dsyOiA0 Yasugawa near Ritto City after Typhoon 18 on September 16, 2013. These clips were shot hand-held from a few hundred meters above Yasugawa Ohashi, where the river flows under Japan Route 8. We can see the bridge and two small mountains: Mikamiyama (straight across the river from the camera) and Bodaijisan. The wind was […]

Egrets and Trains in Late Afternoon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptf_b_e_B5s Egrets and a couple of grey herons hang out in Yasugawa about 600 meters downstream from Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) where Japan Route 8 crosses the Yasu River in Shiga Prefecture. The Shinkansen is about 1300 meters from the camera, and the JR Tokaido line, which we can see under the Shinkansen tracks, is about […]

Crickets in Takano Playground

Crickets at night in the trees andbushes between Takano Shrine and Takano Playground in Ritto City, Shiga Prefcture, Japan. I recorded with an Audio-Technica BP4025 stereo microphone and an Olympus LS-100 recorder. For post-processing is used Audacity on CentOS-6 (GNU/Linux). There was a lot of traffic noise, so I applied a high-pass filter aggressively from […]