Ride to Biwako after Typhoon 11 and Super Moon

Typhoon 11 of 2014 passed through western Japan on August 11. By midnight the southern sky was clear enough to see the super moon, although fast-moving clouds from the southwest often obscured the view. The morning of August 11th was clear in the east, so I took a 36 km bike ride down along Yasugawa […]

New Year 2014 Temple Bells

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 […]

Merry Christmas from Ritto, Japan

Merry Christmas! This year Christmas Day in Ritto City is fairly warm and sunny. In Japan it’s an ordinary work day. Of course in cities, we can see a lot of illumination display, and there are many events, bargain sales, etc., especially for college students and other young folks with money. It’s purely commercial. I […]

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 […]