Late January, from the 25th to the 29th, is the middle of the traditional Japanese cold season, Daikan (大寒), or Big Cold. This year, 2020, has been quite warm and often gloomy, with heavy clouds and light rain.
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 […]
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 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 […]
On August 13, 2014, I rode my touring bike along Lake Biwa to Hikone Harbor and back via Notogawa Suisha (waterwheel) and Dainaka. It had been a while since I’d gone such a distance, but I know the route well, and it was a pleasant ride with nice weather except for a little rain late […]