Sonic Japan: Studies in Sensory Anthropology

Sound blog and sound maps featuring recordings from Japan

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Osaka Inside Out
A meta-mix of collectively-gathered soundscape recordings throughout Osaka c. 2007 (2007/07/01)
Osaka Train System
A short mix of several recordings made on different train lines and stations in Osaka’s rail system, including the Midosuji subway line, JR Osaka station, Hankyu Umeda Station, and the Hankai tram line. (2007/07/01)
Genkoan (源光庵)
Established as a temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism in 1346, Genko-an Temple was turned into a temple of the Soto sect in 1694. (2016/10/31)

Latest posts

Osaka Inside Out

Thu Dec 22 2016 by David Novak

This mix draws from a field recording project undertaken in July 2007 with several collaborators from around the city of Osaka, in the Kansai region of western Honshu, Japan. I asked my friends and colleagues to bring me to places that sounded most like Osaka and the experience of living...>>

Night time sounds in Tokyo

Fri Sep 02 2016 by Carolyn Stevens

Many of the recordings in this repository were taken during the more 'sociable' hours of 9 am to about 10 pm, as the ethnographers moved through a 'normal' schedule in Japan. On my recent trip, however, I explicitly tried to take recordings outside of business hours to provide contrast to...>>

The Beatles in Japan, Fifty Years On

Fri Aug 05 2016 by Carolyn Stevens

As part of another research project on popular music in Japan, I have been looking at the Beatles fandom in Japan. I happened to be attending a conference in Kyoto in late June, so I decided to extend my visit for a few days and take the Shinkansen to...>>