Cherry Blossoms and Bugs in Takano

Cherry trees bloom at the beginning of April at the entrance to Takano Shrine and in Takano Park next to the shrine. With both old and young cherry trees, Takano Park is a good place to see blossoms up close. https://flic.kr/p/mMkftr Many people go to famous sites to view cherry blossoms from a distance as […]

New Year 2014 Temple Bells

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/new-year-2014-temple-bells Temple bells in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, ring in the New Year 2014 just before and after midnight. This recording was made along a path between fields northeast of Takano Shrine. The location can be seen on radio aporee ::: maps ::: Tsuji. http://www.flickr.com/photos/glpjp/11684843175 I mounted the recorder and stereo microphone on a […]

Hayama Danchi Mochitsuki 2013 video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ctzPghJDA This short video is an attempt to express the spirit of my neighborhood as we made and ate mochi (sticky rice cakes) on December 22, 2013. I did not shoot or record with a plan, so it’s pretty rough. Also, wanted to use it for teaching, so I used photos in three ways: original […]

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 […]