Sounds of Notogawa Suisha

Notogawa Suisha is a very large old waterwheel that continues to turn slowly in Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The site includes a small park and a boat rental facility. Recorded with a Sony M10 on August 13, 2014. https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/notogawa-suisha The recording is also available on radio aporee ::: maps. The map below shows the location […]

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 […]

May Evening in Moriyama

http://youtu.be/QQ3xIghIMzQ As it passes through Moriyama to Lake Biwa, Yasugawa nourishes fields or barley and rice, separated from the river by a high embankment. Although it’s only a short walk from the river to the fields, the embankment makes a border between two worlds: wild on one side and pastoral on the other. These scenes […]

Canal Fish

http://youtu.be/VNwnr2hcC6w Little fish, about 10-15cm long, are swimming in an irrigation and flood control canal at the southeast corner of the Hayashi Kita intersection in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. This location is about 120 meters from my house. The canal is covered from the camera position and runs under the sidewalk along the north […]