Uguisu (鶯)

On June 4, 2017, a quiet Sunday, I took a bike ride in Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On the way home I heard a Japanese bush warbler (uguisu, ウグイス, or 鶯). https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/20170604-uguisu I always carry a small audio recorder and a pair of Primo EM172 mics in my touring bike handlebar bag. The bird […]

Hatonomori Park in Summer

Hatonomori Park in Moriyama City (守山市の鳩の森公園) is a wooded public park with a few concrete picnic tables, a play area for children, and a small stream on two sides. The park covers 1.86 hectares. On some weekday mornings local people, mostly seniors, gather to play ground golf. On hot summer days the sounds of ground […]

Yasugawa Riverside Ground Golf and Traffic

https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/yasugawa-riverside-ground-golf-and-traffic (Listen to the recording on SoundCloud.) A well-maintained leisure space runs along the left bank of Yasugawa (野洲川) for about four kilometers in Ritto City and Moriyama City. It begins as a narrow space a few hundred meters upstream from the Japan Route 8 bridge, Yasugawa Ohashi (野洲川大橋) and ends near a dam in […]

Biwako Waves

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 […]

Sounds of Aircraft and a Boat at Lake Biwa

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 […]