Either select the RSS feed below to listen to and subscribe to the Japan podcasts or select from the Individual 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 the elevator operator in a department store in Kyoto, Japan.
December 18, 2007.
Sound is important in an electronics store.
The beeping and squeaking and singing and calling out and discussion and client negotiation provide a rich symphonic din to any such store in Japan.
December 30, 2007.
All Japanese store employees are trained to greet customers as they enter. From convenience store clerks on the late shift to high-end boutique sales people, the cry of "Irashaimase!" (welcome) is ubiquitous.
At a large train station platform on Osaka's loop line, there is a shop that sells pastries and sweets.
January 16, 2008.
Every evening at six, priests gather in the main hall of Kyoto's Kurodani Temple. Then they begin their nightly chant--right before your eyes.
It is a moving and beautiful experience to observe them.
July 3, 2008.
At Kyoto's mid-summer Yoiyama Festival young girls sit at tables and sell traditional items. They sing at passersby to entice them.
They are singing an old Kyoto song that all children in the city know--it is learned as a way of remembering the street names in downtown. They have changed the words.
July 20, 2008.
Sales pitches take many forms. In a Tokyo DIY shop, computers are set up that speak and demonstrate products.
This one has the typically high-pitched female voice found so often in Japan.
September 18, 2008.
Kyoto's Nijo Castle was originally a military fortress. As such, it was equipped with many defensive architectural elements.
One such element was its famous "nightingale" floors.
May 5, 2009.
Listen to an old door as it slides open, and then slides back closed.
In Japanese, you say, Doa ga gata gata ("The sound the door makes is gata gata..." Listen and you will get the idea.)
May 28, 2009.
Listen to the song of the bento seller.
He sings to passersby to buy the lunches he is selling on a corner in downtown Kyoto.
June 23, 2009.
Listen to the sound of a train crossing bell.
They are very much a part of the aural landscape of Japan.
The sign pictured at right reads: Warning, Train Crossing.
July 17, 2009.
Listen to directions from a speaker at the east entrance of Kyoto's Miyako Messe.
High-pitched, polite, and she repeats herself in case you don't get it the first time.
July 20, 2009.
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.