A Few Big Birds

Rainy Season seems pretty dry this year, and local rivers are running low. On Monday, June 23, 2014, I rode down along Yasugawa, looking for egrets and other wildlife along the way. Only a few large birds were on the river, mostly a little downstream of Shiga Route 2. I spent nearly an hour watching […]

Uguisu

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. […]

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 […]

Shinkansen at Yasugawa

http://youtu.be/dFelSTYdqtQ Several Shinkansen trains at Yasugawa seen from the Moriyama side of the river. Trains going from right to left are bound for Tokyo. Trains coming from the left will soon stop at Kyoto. Shinkansen passengers have a beautiful view of Mikamiyama and other scenery as they pass through Shiga Prefecture in comfort. Audio for the […]