Sounds of the real Japan: Nijo Castle Floor
Nijo Castle's "Nightingale" Floor
Built as a military facility, Kyoto's Nijo Castle has wide moats, thick walls, and floors that "sing" like a nightingale.
The purpose of the last building technique was, of course, to alert those inside - perhaps even the Shogun himself - that intruders had broached the walls.
Nijo Castle Inner Garden
This recording was taken as hordes of tourists tramped through.
In the background, you can hear the voice of the young tourists and, in the distance, an announcement within the Castle.
A single intruder, late at night, would not create quite as much volume, but a single step would surely rouse the guards within.
May 3, 2009.