SW945: A Walk in Japan

SW945: A Walk in Japan

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Fifteen minutes of binaural audio recorded wherever I may be at 09:45am. Best listened to with headphones. Season 01 & 02: daily from April 15, 2019 Season 03: Dec 2-Dec 10 By Craig Mod. More info at: https://craigmod.com


S03, E04: Furusato Onsen
Dec 5 • 13 min
December 5, 2019, 09:30: Ise-ji north-south, day 4. Ohayou. Perched above Furusato Onsen in a beautiful little hut looking out over the small islands running the coast of the Ise-Ji. Crashing waves. Cawing birds. Some gunshot (wild boar hunting?) in the…
S03, E03: Jurin Kissa
Dec 4 • 12 min
December 4, 2019, 14:10: Ise-ji north-south, day 3. Oh, hello again. We recorded once again at Jurin in Kii-Nagashima. Think of it less as a repeat than a rhyme; new music, new customers, same countryside intonation from the owner.
S03, E02: Takihara Shrine
Dec 3 • 11 min
December 3, 2019, 13:37: Ise-ji north-south, day 2. Why, hello. A perfect weather day — chilly when still in the shade, but just right when moving fast through the forest and villages of the Kii Penninsula. Emerged from the Misesaka Pass only to arrive at…
S03, E01: Higashi Tokida Shrine
Dec 2 • 12 min
December 2, 2019, 12:15pm: Ise-ji north-south, day 1. Hi there. Season three begins with pouring rain in the morning breaking way to patches of blue sky around noon. The birds missed their wakeup song so they came alive just after lunch. Sitting next to…
S02, E13: Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Takanomiya
Jun 25 • 11 min
May 28, 2019, 9:45am: Standing beside Takanomiya shrine inside of the Geku of Ise Jingu as pilgrims come and clap the gods awake. Devoured by morning mosquitos.
S02, E12: Jurin Cafe, Kii-Nagashima
Jun 24 • 13 min
May 27, 2019, 1:08pm: Recording after lunnch at the wonderful Jurin Cafe, near Kii-Nagashima station.
S02, E11: Train from Umegadani to Minose
Jun 23 • 14 min
May 26, 2019, 2:35pm: Training back to the inn for the night.
S02, E10: Halfway up Magose Pass
Jun 20 • 15 min
May 25, 2019, 9:45am: On a bench in the forest, halfway up to Magose Pass.
S02, E09: Yakiyama Peak
Jun 19 • 14 min
May 24, 2019, 14:39pm: Sitting up at the lookout point at Yakiyama. Sitting up there, then lying outside on the benches. Then swatting away flies. All while amazing birdsong takes places in the background.
S02, E08: Kobodaishi Footprint Spring
Jun 18 • 15 min
May 23, 2019, 9:52am: Sitting in front of a spring/shrine (https://goo.gl/maps/Fcou5wrVJoHM7nyq5) in the mountains supposedly made when Kobo Daishi (Kukai) stepped there over a thousand years ago. Just up above the cove-nestled Hadasu Station.
S02, E07: Ichirizuka, outside Shingu
Jun 17 • 14 min
May 22, 2019, 10:17am: Standing on a small mountain road about one hundred meters above sea level, ichirizuka mile marker behind me, ocean spreading out before me. A car drives by. A bike rides by. A train trundles past in the distance along the shoreline.
S02, E06: Kumano Oyu-no-Hara, birds galore
Jun 16 • 15 min
S02, E06, May 21, 2019, 10:53am: Sitting in the middle of Oyu-no-Hara, by Kumano Hongu Grand Shrine. The weather broke. Sun was shining. Tourists were in t-shirts. We were off the mountain.
S02, E05: Tamaki Jinjya, Tent
Jun 16 • 16 min
S02, E05, May 18, 2019, 06:58pm: Inside my tent, ready for bed at 6:58pm, just down below the car park at Tamaki Shrine, next to some bee hives. The winds and rain hit just as we finished setting up. Soon after, nine hours of sleep.
S02, E04: Jikkyou no Shuku Koya
Jun 13 • 11 min
S02, E004, May 17, 2019, 11:43am: Sitting in Jikkyou no Shuku Koya, making coffee, generally feeling very fine after a very lazy and early lunch. Fellow hikers coming in and out, packing up.
S02, E03: Hakkyogatake
Jun 12 • 15 min
S02, E03, May 16, 2019, 9:43am: Sitting at the peak of Hakkyogatake.
S02, E02: Sanjyogatake Omine Sanji Temple
Jun 11 • 14 min
S02, E02, May 15, 2019, 9:49am: Sitting on the stoop in front of Omine Sanji Temple. Priest cleaning in background. Hums a little song to himself. Walks out, asks us a question. Three of us. All sitting silently. We look nuts. Just nod. He moves on.
S02, E01: Between Yoshino and Dorogawa
Jun 10 • 15 min
S02, E01, May 14, 2019, 9:47am: Just as the rain began to fall enroute to Dorogawa Village on a leg of the Kumano Kodo. Two airplanes. Lots of silence. Pulling out an umbrella.
Day 25: Matsuo Basho’s grave
May 9 • 14 min
Day 25, May 9, 2:31pm: Sitting in front of poet Matsuo Basho’s grave at Guchu-ji temple. Very simple, small, austere marker in a tidy little garden. Almost like a, you know, haiku. Children playing and screaming at the pre-school next door. Gardener…
Day 24: Small Park, Shinkansen Tracks
May 8 • 14 min
Day 23, May 8, 12:31pm: Between Musa Juku and Kusatsu. Sitting in a small park just meters away from the Shinkansen tracks. Near silence punctuated by four whooshes.
Day 23: Okuishi Shrine, near Musa Juku
May 7 • 14 min
Day 22, May 7, 3:30pm: Near Musa Juku. Sitting in the back of Okuishi Shrine, listening to the birds and wind rustle leaves. Every so often you can hear the deep whoosh of the shinkansen fly by in the distance — it rattled the very earth, like it was…
Day 21: Pass before Torii-imoto Juku
May 5 • 15 min
Day 21, May 5, 2:45pm: Walking down from the pass between Maibara Jyuku and Torii-imoto Juku. Weirdly, was asked for directions. And wasn’t asked which country I came from.
Day 20: Goudo Cafe
May 4 • 15 min
Day 20, May 4, 9:45am: A cafe near post town, Goudo.
Day 19: Kanou / Gifu Station
May 3 • 15 min
Day 19, May 3, 6:40pm: Come walk with me from my hotel, outdoors, around the exciting world of Kanou Post Town and Gifu Station.
Day 18: Vista, children playing
May 2 • 15 min
Day 18, May 2, 9:30am: Between Hosokute Juku and Mitake Juku, looking out over the valley, two children playing, sun shining, bees out in full force polinating the world.
Day 17: Frogs in Rice Paddies
May 1 • 15 min
Day 17, May 1, Reiwa 1, 11:16am: Between Ooi Juku and Ookute Juku. Standing next to an expanse of rice paddies, ready for their seedlings to be planted, filled with frogs, giddy and loquacious in the rain.
Day 16: Shinchaya Ichirizuka
Apr 30 • 15 min
Day 16, April 30, Heisei 31, 11:48am: Standing atop the ichirizuka (mile marker) at Shinchaya, just on the edge of Magome post town. You can hear the noon town song begin playing about 12 minutes in.
Day 15: Bamboo Grove, Ne-no-ue Pass
Apr 29 • 9 min
Day 15, April 29, 2019, 10:04am: Sitting in a bamboo grove next to a river between Nojiri and Tsumago post towns, along the “historical road” starting at the Ne-no-ue Pass.
Day 14: Gyokurinin Temple
Apr 28 • 15 min
Day 14, April 28, 2019, 1:31pm: Sitting on the steps at Gyokurinin Temple, in Agematsu Post Town, as friend eats nuts sitting to my left.
Day 13: Small Cafe, Narai
Apr 27 • 16 min
Day 13, April 27, 2019, 9:50am: A small but bustling cafe in a 180 year old Edo-period building.
Day 12: Shiojiri Pass
Apr 26 • 15 min
Day 12, April 26, 2019, 10:30am: Sitting on a bench at the top of Shiojiri Pass, looking down over Lake Suwa as rain patters my hat.
Day 11: Wada Pass
Apr 25 • 4 min
Day 11, April 25, 2019, 1:30pm: A man gave me frozen bacon. In a loopy state, a rare episode of narration.
Day 10: Wakihonjin
Apr 24 • 14 min
Day 10, April 24, 2019, 11:27am: Hiding from the drizzle under the mon/gate in front of the Waki Honjin in Otaijuku.
Day 9: Mampei Hotel, Lobby
Apr 23 • 14 min
Day 9, April 23, 2019, 9:45am: Join me in the lobby of the classic Mampei Hotel, located just off the old Nakasendo highway.
Day 8: Usui Pass Walk
Apr 22 • 2 min
Day 8, April 22, 2019, 12:53pm: Technical difficulties led to this one being short. But some of my footfall walking up the old Nakasendo mountain path to the Usui Pass that splits Gunma Prefecture from Nagano Prefecture.
Day 7b: Honjin Teahouse
Apr 21 • 14 min
Day 7, April 21, 2019, 11:55am, recording (b): Sitting in the engawa of the Honjin Teahouse, about 10 kilometers outside of Takasaki City. It’s one of the very few original buildings on this strip of the Nakasendo. It was under private ownership until…
Day 7a: Bowling Alley
Apr 21 • 14 min
Day 7, April 21, 2019, 10:45am, recording (a): A bowling alley just outside the downtown limits of Takasaki City, past an abandoned shotengai.
Day 6: Temple, beside tree
Apr 20 • 14 min
Day 6, April 20, 2019, 9:45am: Recorded a few kilometers north of Fukaya City, in a small temple tucked in between farms — Fusaji-in. Workers a few hundred feet behind me were loading their trucks with broccoli for the market, politicans off in the…
Day 5: Pachinko Parlor
Apr 19 • 14 min
Day 5, April 19, 2019, 10am (when the parlow opened): (Warning: This one is pretty noisy.) Just a few clicks north of Kitamoto station. Pachinko parlor. Weekday morning but packed. Like walking into an ash tray. Sat on a sofa in the front and recorded.…
Day 4: Kumaya Coffee, Hikawa Shrine
Apr 18 • 14 min
Day 4, April 18, 2019, 11:45am (slow morning): On the Nakasendo, just outside the Hikawa Shrine grounds. Kumaya coffee.
Day 3: Cars, heels, crows
Apr 17 • 15 min
Day 3, April 17, 2019, 9:45am: A harsh one. Noisy city, part and parcel of the road heading out of Tokyo. On the Nakasendo, one kilometer north of the Zero Milestone at Nihonbashi, the official starting point of the route.
Day 2: Park just outside of Yokohama
Apr 16 • 15 min
Day 2, April 16, 2019, 9:45am — on a bench in a small park several km north of Yokohama station. A group of 80 year olds playing “ground golf” (something like croquet), children playing, trains whipping past.
Day 1: Daibutsu Hiking Course
Apr 15 • 15 min
Day 1, 9:45am, on the ridgeline above Kamakura. Best listened to with headphones.
Welcome to SW945
Apr 14 • 4 min
Hi there. I’m Craig Mod. This is SW945. For the next six weeks I’m going to be walking across a big chunk of Japan. I’m going to record fifteen minutes of binaural audio from 9:45am to 10:00am each and every day. Wherever I may be. I hope you enjoy this…