Sonic Japan: Sounds of Osaka

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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)
Haruka Express from Kansai Airport to Kyoto
This recording of a train platform is somewhat different from all of the others because it was made early in the morning at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Rather than capturing the sounds of regular commuters, this platform is full of families and single people who have just returned from overnight flights from overseas. They are excited and relieved to be on their way home after a long flight. The photograph shows the researcher's son waiting for the train after a long over night from Melbourne to Osaka via Singapore. (2015/04/03)

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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...>>

大阪の大丸デパート Daimaru Department Store in Osaka

Wed Apr 02 2014 by Thomas Baudinette
The Daimaru chain of department stores are principally located in Kansai, although they may be found within other regions of Japan and also in other parts of the world (interestingly, there used to be a Daimaru in Melbourne, Australia, but it has since changed hands). .>>

大阪の新世界 Shin Sekai (New World) in Osaka

Wed Mar 26 2014 by Thomas Baudinette
Shin Sekai (literally New World in English) is a neighbourhood in Osaka. Originally developed during the 1910s as a modern, fashionable "Western" district, after WW2 the district fell into disrepute and became one of Japan's poorest neighbourhoods.>>