Japan Podcasts 3

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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.

Japan Sounds 3.

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.

RSS feed from an eclectic podcast. URL = http://feeds.feedburner.com/JapanVisitor

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.

Shinjuku oddball performer

Listen to the sounds of an oddball performer in Shinjuku.

Listen to an oddball 'jazz drummer' in front of Shinjuku Station, Tokyo.

December 7, 2006.

Talking Escalator in Kyobashi, Osaka

Talking Escalator in Kyobashi Station, Osaka.

Another talking machine in Japan. Another reminder to behave.

December 13, 2006.

Morning Calisthenics

Morning Exercises in Kyoto

Let's stretch together in the park at 6:30 a.m. with 50 of our best friends!

December 15, 2006.


Listen to the sounds of the shamisen.

A grizzled old nationalist of a shamisen player, strumming away in Yasukuni Shrine.

December 18, 2006.

Yaki Imo

Listen to the sounds of the yaki-imo seller.

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.

Begging Priests

Listen to begging Buddhist priests in Kyoto.

The howl of the alms-seeking priest. In Kyoto, priests make their rounds to gather alms.

December 27, 2006.

Japanese Vending Machine

Listen to a Japanese vending machine.

Listen to the latest in Japanese vending machines. The coke machine of my boyhood this is not.

January 14, 2007.

Tamagotchi DS software

Listen to a Tamagotchi DS software.

The incessant song of the Tamagotchi - one of the new 'joys' of parenthood in Japan. This can last for hours!

January 22, 2007.

Temple "tour guide"

Listen to a piped-in tour recording.

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 a recording at Hiroshima's Mobilized Students' Memorial, Peace Park, Hiroshima.

Hiroshima's Mobilized Students' Memorial. Listen to recorded commentary played by this memorial to students sacrificed to war.

February 5, 2007.

Sumo Song in Ryogoku

Listen to a recording of a man singing a sumo song at Ryogoku, Tokyo, the home of sumo in Japan

Men singing a sumo song in front of the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo stadium in Sumida ward, Tokyo.

March 21, 2007.

Buddhist Chant at Narita-san

Listen to monks chanting in a Buddhist temple.

Buddhist monks of the Shingon sect chanting mantras at Narita-san Temple, Inuyama, near Nagoya.

April 16, 2007.

A Canned Voice in Chishakuin Temple's Museum

Listen to a recording at Chishakuin Temple.

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.

A "sound ornament" at Eikando Temple

Listen to a recording at Eikando Temple.

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.

Cafe Music Near Ryoanji Temple

Listen to a recording near Ryoanji Temple.

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.

Owari Tsushima Tenno Festival

Tsushima Festival illuminated boats.

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.

Yen Calling

Yen Calling, Hamada, Shimane.

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.

Crowd Control at Kyoto's Fire Festival

Crowd in Demachiyanagi Station, Kyoto.

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.

Howling for Blood

Howling for blood.

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.

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Other sounds from Japan

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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.

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