Japan Field Trip 3 Nikko

Down to my last days in Japan and I hadn’t recorded any insects at all – too early for cicadas and had only heard crickets/higurashi once in Onamachi… so on Thursday we caught the Shinkansen to Nikko – about an hour out of Tokyo and a truly beautiful location…

Japan field recording

Thanks to not actually adjusting to local time, it wasn’t too hard to wake up early – this photo was taken at 4.30am (ie 7.30am NZ time) and I recorded some beautiful dawn birds which were slowly joined by insects as the sun came up & the temperature rose…

Japan field recording

The Nikko area has a lot of onsen/hot pools and the resort we stayed at had beautiful outdoor pools – recording 45min of insects while soaking in hot pools is my idea of multi-tasking! Bliss!

Japan field recording

There was a historical village nearby which we went to have a look at, but as soon as we got near it I heard a distinctive Japanese sound that was on my list to record: a shishiodoshi! – I shot some sync video of it so will post it next week when I get time…

Japan field recording

We drove quite a way through the mountains of Nikko… the contrast with Tokyo could not be apparent!!

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

This road was literally off the map for the car navi! It is somehow reassuring to know that even with the huge population in Japan (127 million) that within an hour or two of central Tokyo you can find absolute quiet, shared with only birds and insects..

Japan field recording

Recorded beautiful birds & insects here!

Japan field recording

One distinct advantage of having a vehicle when recording is that I could leave the mics all rigged & cabled in the boot, and when we came across a likely spot, I could be in record within a few minutes of stopping. The rental car we got for the Nikko trip was a hybrid and I have to say I really enjoyed driving it – when we cruised slowly up these remote roads with the windows open, listening to the environment, the car was almost silent with just the gentle sound of the tyre movement… On foot or train/bus we simply could not have reached many of these locations, and with all the gear rigged it meant we could stop & do a lot more recordings in the time available than if I had to set up from scratch each time…

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

This was back in Nikko township, in an area known as the Kanmangafuchi Abyss due to it being a narrow valley with a mountain river surging through it.

Japan field recording

Japan field recording

Posting this while waiting for my flight from Auckland to Wellington… captured over 50GB of material, time to get busy!! Arigatou gozimasu to all the wonderful people I met during my travels!

2 Responses to Japan Field Trip 3 Nikko

  1. Edward Larsen says:

    it is a dream no its real and you have the microphones to prove it, have you ever gone somewhere without them? would you ever want too? i never thought i would say this but
    there are no people.Something i worry about with my own pics but i have only one human subject that i care to photograph and it is worth while but it is the stuff i take photos of around that, they are mine.

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