Japan Podcasts 4

Japan Podcasts

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.

Japan Sounds 4.

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.


Elevator Operator

Listen to the sounds of an elevator operator in a department store in Kyoto, Japan.

Listen to the elevator operator in a department store in Kyoto, Japan.


December 18, 2007.


Electronics Store

Listen to the sounds of an electronics store in Kyoto, Japan.

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.


Train Station Pastry Shop Workers

Listen to the sounds of pastry shop clerks in Osaka, Japan.

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.


Kyoto Priests Chanting

Listen to the sounds of temple priests in Kyoto, Japan.

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.


Girls Singing Yoiyama Festival

Listen to the sounds of girls singing at Yoiyama Festival in Kyoto, Japan.

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.


Talking Computer

Listen to the sounds of a talking computer, Tokyo, Japan.

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.


Nijo Castle's Nightingale Floor

Listen to the sounds of Nijo Castle's talking floor, Kyoto, Japan.

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.


An Old Door Sliding Open and Shut

Listen to the sound of an old front door, Kyoto.

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.


Kyoto Bento Singer

Listen to the sound of a bento seller, Kyoto.

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.


Kyoto Train Crossing Bell

Train Crossing Sign

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.


Kyoto Miyako Messe

Kyoto Miyako Messe

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.


More podcast sounds


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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