Sounds of Mochitsuki at Hayama Danchi

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.

Yasugawa After Typhoon 18

http://youtu.be/VPV-dsyOiA0 Yasugawa near Ritto City after Typhoon 18 on September 16, 2013. These clips were shot hand-held from a few hundred meters above Yasugawa Ohashi, where the river flows under Japan Route 8. We can see the bridge and two small mountains: Mikamiyama (straight across the river from the camera) and Bodaijisan. The wind was […]

Crickets in Takano Playground

Crickets at night in the trees andbushes between Takano Shrine and Takano Playground in Ritto City, Shiga Prefcture, Japan. I recorded with an Audio-Technica BP4025 stereo microphone and an Olympus LS-100 recorder. For post-processing is used Audacity on CentOS-6 (GNU/Linux). There was a lot of traffic noise, so I applied a high-pass filter aggressively from […]

Rice Harvest in September

http://youtu.be/9oBlh2oQX5k This is a rice combine harvester in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan, on September 5, 2013. Mikamiyama (Mount Mikami) is in the background. It had been raining heavily the previous day, and we can see fallen rice plants lying in an adjacent field. Fortunately, other fields seem to be okay. Rice combines reap and […]

Yasugawa Wildlife – August 20-31, 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1BhQo77bo This video shows wildlife in and near Yasugawa between Mikamiyama and Bodaijisan in late August, 2013. We can see crows, egrets, herons, geese (high overhead), cormorants, and a nutria. It was extremely hot during most of this period. I had never seen so many crows and cormorants together. Also, I had no idea that […]