MP3 sounds of Japan：Japan Podcasts
Either select the RSS feed below to listen to and subscribe to the podcasts from Japan or select from the Individual Japan Mixes to hear individual sounds.
1. Subscribe to Podcast
To listen to the podcasts either click on the link or copy the URL and paste it into your preferred podcasting program on your computer. In iTunes for example, you just go to the "Advanced" menu and choose "Subscribe to podcast" and follow the instructions. Other programs will be different - just look in the help section if it's not obvious.
Complete Set - the complete set of sounds below given as an RSS feed.
2. Individual Mixes
The following are individual sounds from the streets of Japan. They will prove ideal for PodCasting direct to iTunes or download them to listen to later via your iPod.
Listen to an oddball 'jazz drummer' in front of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.
December 7, 2006.
Another talking machine in Japan. Another reminder to behave.
December 13, 2006.
Let's stretch together in the park at 6:30 a.m. with 50 of our best friends!
December 15, 2006.
A grizzled old nationalist of a shamisen player, strumming away in Yasukuni Shrine.
December 18, 2006.
The cry of the neighborhood yaki-imo (roast yam) seller. Of the many peripatetic vendors in Japan, one of the most beloved must be the baked yam, or yaki-imo', man.
December 23, 2006.
The howl of the alms-seeking priest. In Kyoto, priests make their rounds to gather alms.
December 27, 2006.
Listen to the latest in Japanese vending machines. The coke machine of my boyhood this is not.
January 14, 2007.
The incessant song of the Tamagotchi - one of the new 'joys' of parenthood in Japan. This can last for hours!
January 22, 2007.
Your own private temple tour guide. The tones of automation echoing through the heart of antiquity.
January 27, 2007.
Hiroshima's Mobilized Students' Memorial. Listen to recorded commentary played by this memorial to students sacrificed to war.
February 5, 2007.
Men singing a sumo song in front of the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium in Sumida ward, Tokyo.
March 21, 2007.
Buddhist monks of the Shingon sect chanting mantras at Narita-san Temple, Inuyama, near Nagoya.
April 16, 2007.
A recorded voice guides you in Chishakuin Temple's Museum. The recording comes on, triggered either by the door or a sensor. As soon as you enter the room--alone with the Momoyama Period paintings--She begins her lecture.
April 26, 2007.
At Kyoto's Eikando Temple, there is a well that creates a haunting and peaceful sound when you pour water into it. The sign calls it "sui kin kutsu" (koto of water).
May 8, 2007.
Across the street from Kyoto's Ryoanji Temple, there is a Japanese style cafe that has a small speaker in front that plays koto music. It had a very Pied Piper kind of effect, as people wandering in the neighborhood tried, first, to find the source of the music, and then went ahead and sat down for tea.
June 7, 2007.
The Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival, takes places annually on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of July in Tsushima just outside Nagoya. The evening festival, on Saturday night, features five wooden and straw ships illuminated with paper lanterns, floating gracefully on the Tenno River.
Taiko drummers on other small boats entertain the crowds massed on the banks of the river.
June 7, 2007.
Yutaka Fukuoka has collaborated with musicians from around the world, notably Cambodia, Morocco and Singapore, but his collaborations as Yen Calling remain dearest to his heart. The Tokyo-based former member of the band Pink returns to his homeland in Hamada, Shimane Prefecture in the deep Japanese countryside to host an eclectic festival of electronica and traditional kagura.
August 28, 2007.
In late October, the small mountain village north of Kurama, Kyoto, hosts the annual Fire Festival.
If you are averse to crowds and being yelled at, repeatedly, by cops--"Stand back, keep moving, here comes the fire, be careful, watch out!"--don't go.
The crush begins at the Eiden train's Demachiyanagi Station. On the day of the festival, ropes are set up to funnel the crowd onto the platform. Once on the train, it is a 30-minute Tokyo-like rush-hour ride up into the mountains.
October 28, 2007.
Donating blood is not an idea that finds a lot of takers in Japan. Therefore, those canvassing for donations have to overcome considerable resistance. Listen to the cry of a blood donation canvasser on a street in Tokyo's Shinjuku area that virtually defines the word "strident"!
November 18, 2007.
Other sounds from Japan
Malte Jaspersen and DJ Stormer bring you a disparate selection of 10 different sounds that each open a door on a different facet of life in Japan, from packed sports area to tranquil Japanese garden.