https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/uguisu-at-yanomunegawa While cycling in the countryside on June 15, 2014, I turned off Shiga Route 32 in Yasu to explore the farmland and see Yanomunegawa (Yanomune River), a small stream that meanders through Yasu to Lake Biwa. Along the way I heard the voices of uguisu (Japanese bush warbler), along with blackbirds, pigeons, and crows. […]
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 […]
https://soundcloud.com/gpjp/pee-wee-baseball-practice On Sundays we can see many activities along the banks of Yasugawa in Ritto and Moriyama. There are several ground golf courses, a golf putting course, tennis and basketball courts, a beautiful track for track & field events, and, in Moriyama downstream from the JR train tracks, a large grassy field for picnics. On […]
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 […]
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.