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100 Soundscapes of Japan

In 1996, as part of its efforts to combat noise pollution and to protect and promote the environment, the Ministry of the Environment designated the 100 Soundscapes of Japan (100?).[1] There were 738 submissions received from all over the country and the 100 "best" were selected after examination by the Japan Soundscape Study Group.[1] These soundscapes are intended to function as symbols for local people and to promote the rediscovery of the sounds of everyday life.[1] The follow-up Sixth National Assembly on Soundscape Conservation was held in Matsuyama in 2002.[2]

Soundscape Category Location Prefecture Image Sound
Drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk () Sea Sea of Okhotsk shore Hokkaid? Ryuhyoh 02.jpg
Bell of Sapporo Clock Tower () Bells Sapporo Hokkaid? Sapporo Clock Tower Hokkaido Japan.jpg
Bell of Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church () Bells Hakodate Hokkaid? Hakodate Russian Orthodox Church, May 2006.jpg
Mountain creatures in Asahidake, Mount Daisetsu () Wildlife Higashikawa Hokkaid? Daisetsu-zan asahidake with flowers.jpg
Japanese crane sanctuary, Tsurui () Birds Tsurui Hokkaid? Grus japonensis 01.jpg
Black-tailed gulls in Kabushima, Hachinohe Port () Birds Hachinohe Aomori Prefecture Gull in water3.jpg
Wild birds of Lake Ogawara shore () Birds Misawa Aomori Prefecture Lake ogawara landsat.jpg
Oirase River stream () Water Towadako Aomori Prefecture Oirase keiryuu.JPG
Nebuta (Neputa) Festival () Matsuri Aomori/Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture Aomori Nebuta AUG 2006 0003.jpg
Kaminari-iwa (Thunder Rock), Goishi coastline (?) Sea ?funato Iwate Prefecture Goishi-kaigan1.jpg
Nambu Furin (wind chimes) at Mizusawa Station () Local life ?sh? Iwate Prefecture Mizusawa station's wind chime.JPG
Bells of Chagu Chagu Umakko () Matsuri Takizawa Iwate Prefecture
Suzumushi (bell-ringing insects) in Miyagino () Insects Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Suzumushi.jpg
Singing frogs and wild birds of the Hirose River (?) Wildlife/Birds Sendai Miyagi Prefecture Buergeria buergeri.jpg
Reed fields at the mouth of the Kitakami River () Vegetation Ishinomaki Miyagi Prefecture Phragmites australis Schilfrohr.jpg
Wild geese in Izunuma and Uchinuma lakes (?) Birds Kurikoma/Wakayanagi/Hasama Miyagi Prefecture Anser albifrons 30050.JPG
Pinewoods of wind (?) Vegetation Noshiro Akita Prefecture Kaze no Matsubara.JPG
Cicadas at Yama-dera (?) Insects Yamagata Yamagata Prefecture Yamadera 2004-11.JPG
"Matsu-no-Kanjin" conches (trumpet shells) () Matsuri Tsuruoka Yamagata Prefecture Charonia tritonis in Guam.jpg
Swans at the mouth of Mogami River () Birds Sakata Yamagata Prefecture Cygnus bewickii 01.jpg
Little Birds Forest in Fukushima City (?) Birds Fukushima Fukushima Prefecture
Natural irrigation channel of ?uchi-juku () Water Shimog? Fukushima Prefecture Ja-fukushima-ohuchijuku-1.jpg
Weaving of ramie fabric () Transport/Industry Sh?wa Fukushima Prefecture
Waves of Izura-kaigan coast (?) Sea Kita-ibaraki Ibaraki Prefecture
Tree frogs in Ajisai-zaka, Mount Ohirasan () Frogs Tochigi Tochigi Prefecture Hylidae 001.jpg
Suikinkutsu in Suikintei Garden (?) Daily life Yoshii Gunma Prefecture Suikinkutsu CrossSection.jpg
Time bell of Kawagoe () Bell Kawagoe Saitama Prefecture Tokinokane-2006-03-20 1.jpg
Insects singing in Oshikiri, Arakawa River () Insects Kumagaya (K?nan) Saitama Prefecture Arakawa WanganSen.JPG
Waterfall on conduit bridge () Water Katori (Sawara) Chiba Prefecture Toyohashi-bridge,katori-city,japan.JPG
Himeharuzemi cicadas in Mamenbara (?) Insects ?taki Chiba Prefecture Himeharuzemi0807-1.jpg
Vicinity of Shibamata Taishakuten and "Yagiri-no-Watashi" ferry (?) Complex Matsudo/Katsushika Chiba Prefecture/Tokyo Taishakuten Sando -01.jpg
Time bell at the hill of Ueno () Bells Tait? Tokyo
Sounds of birds, water, and trees at Sanp?ji-ike Pond (?) Birds/Water/Vegetation Nerima Tokyo
Keyaki (zelkova), tree-lined boulevard in Seikei Gakuen Campus () Vegetation Musashino Tokyo Zelkova serrata5.jpg
Ship whistles for the New Year at Yokohama Port (?) Local life Yokohama Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama Port 01.jpg
Approach to Kawasaki Daishi Temple (?) Local life Kawasaki Kanagawa Prefecture Heikenji Temple Gate.JPG
Stream and wild birds singing sounds in Dohogawa Park () Water/Birds Sagamihara Kanagawa Prefecture
Bean Geese in Fukushimagata Lagoon () Birds Niigata (Toyosaka) Niigata Prefecture Dy2.jpg
Himeharuzemi cicadas in Oyama () Insects Itoigawa (N?) Niigata Prefecture Himeharuzemi0807-1.jpg
Sh?my? Falls () Waterfalls Tateyama Toyama Prefecture Shomyo-daki 1.jpg
"Ennaka" channel and Owara Kaze no bon () Matsuri Toyama (Yatsuo) Toyama Prefecture Kazenobon1.jpg
Wood carving in Inami () Crafts Nanto (Inami) Toyama Prefecture
Cicada chorus droning in Honda-no-Mori Forest () Insects Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture Gratopsaltria Nigrofuscata Young.jpg
Bells of temples in Teramachi (?) Bells Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture
Tokimizu fountain in Minowaki () Water Echizen (Takefu) Fukui Prefecture
Wild birds forest at lakeshore at the foot of Mount Fuji (?) Birds Fujikawaguchiko Yamanashi Prefecture Lake Saiko and mount Fuji.JPG
Bell of Zenk?-ji () Bells Nagano Nagano Prefecture Zenkoji10s3200.jpg
Little birds singing in Enrei (?) Birds Okaya/Shiojiri Nagano Prefecture
Frogs singing in Yashima-shitsugen Wetland (?) Wildlife Shimosuwa/Suwa Nagano Prefecture Hyla japonica top ja.jpg
Suikinkutsu in Udatsu-no-machi () Local life Mino Gifu Prefecture Suikinkutsu - Yabu.jpg
Playing in Yoshida River (?) Local life Guj? (Hachiman) Gifu Prefecture
Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River () Local life Gifu/Seki Gifu Prefecture Gifuukai2.jpg
"Nami-Kozo", rumbling of the Enshunada Sea (?) Water Enshunada Sea Shizuoka Prefecture
Steam locomotives of ?igawa Railway (SL) Transport/Industry Kawanehon (Honkawane) Shizuoka Prefecture Moving C56 color of Thai.JPG
Wild birds of Higashiyama Botanical Garden () Birds Nagoya Aichi Prefecture Higashiyama botanical gardens-Gassho style house.jpg
Wave sounds at Kojigahama Beach, Cape Irago () Sea Tahara (Atsumi) Aichi Prefecture Cape Irago 04.jpg
Isobue whistling of female divers in Ise-Shima area (?) Local life Toba/Shima Mie Prefecture Ama.jpg
Evening bell of Mii () Bells ?tsu Shiga Prefecture Miidera-no-bansho-M2075.jpg
Hikone Castle time bell and insects singing () Bells/Insects Hikone Shiga Prefecture Hikone castle5537.JPG
Bamboo forest in Kyoto (?) Vegetation Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture Sagano Bamboo Forest 01.jpg
Rurikei stream () Water Nantan (Sonobe) Kyoto Prefecture Meibaku, Rurikei01.JPG
Squeaking sand of Kotobikihama Beach (?) Singing sand Ky?tango (Amino) Kyoto Prefecture
Matsumushi crickets (Xenogrillus marmorata) at the banks of Yodo River (?) Insects Osaka Osaka Prefecture
Kawachi Ondo song in the precincts of J?k?-ji (?) Matsuri Yao Osaka Prefecture Jokoji, Yao01.JPG
Sand eel fishing at Tarumi Port (?) Local life Kobe Hy?go Prefecture Ikanago 1.JPG
Danjiri Drums at Kenka Matsuri of Nada () Matsuri Himeji Hy?go Prefecture Nada no Kenka matsuri 17.jpg
Deer of Kasugano and temple bells in the neighbourhood (?) Wildlife/Bells Nara Nara Prefecture Nara Tobihino01st3200.jpg
Kino River heard inside the giant rock of Mount Fud? () Water Hashimoto Wakayama Prefecture
Nachi Falls (?) Waterfalls Nachikatsuura Wakayama Prefecture Nachi Falls005.JPG
Migratory birds at Mizutori Park () Birds Yonago Tottori Prefecture Cygnus bewickii at Beijing Zoo.JPG
Mitoku River and singing frogs () Wildlife Misasa Tottori Prefecture Buergeria buergeri.jpg
Inshu paper-making () Crafts Tottori (Aoya/Saji) Tottori Prefecture
Squeaking sand of Kotogahama Beach () Singing sand ?da Shimane Prefecture 070603KotogahanaPointVeiw01.jpg
Stream and waterwheels of Bitchu River, Suwada Cave () Water Maniwa (Hokub?) Okayama Prefecture
Brooks of Shinj?shuku () Water Shinj? Okayama Prefecture
Bell of Peace in Hiroshima (?) Bells Hiroshima Hiroshima Prefecture Hiroshima Peace Bell.jpg
Kyo-onro tower bell at Senk?-ji () Bells Onomichi Hiroshima Prefecture Senkoji Onomichi07n3872.jpg
Yamaguchi Line steam locomotives (?SL) Transport/Industry Og?ri/Tsuwano Yamaguchi/Shimane Prefecture C571-SL Yamaguchi 2006 08200011.JPG
Eddying current of Naruto () Sea Naruto Tokushima Prefecture Naruto Whirlpools taken 4-21-2008.jpg
Awa Odori dance (?) Matsuri Tokushima Tokushima Prefecture Awa Odori Tokushima Aug2009.jpg
?kubo-ji bell and pilgrim bells (?) Bells Sanuki (Nagao) Kagawa Prefecture Okuboji 03.JPG
Mann?-ike Pond "Yuru-nuki" streams (?) Water Mann? Kagawa Prefecture Mannoike from Kannoji.JPG
Time drums of Shin-u Kaku Hotel, D?go Onsen () Drums Matsuyama Ehime Prefecture Dogo Hot Spring2(Matsuyama City).JPG
Wave sounds of Mikurodo Cave, Cape Muroto () Sea Muroto K?chi Prefecture Muroto Cape.JPG
Kaki Yamakasa of Hakata Gion Yamakasa () Matsuri Fukuoka Fukuoka Prefecture Hakata gion yamakasa 2006 02.jpg
Bell of Kanzeon-ji () Bells Dazaifu Fukuoka Prefecture Kanzeonji Up200606301830.JPG
Wave sounds and ship whistles at the Kanmon-kaikyo Strait (?) Sea Kitaky?sh?/Shimonoseki Fukuoka/Yamaguchi Prefecture Dannoura.JPG
Hikiyama-bayashi music at Karatsu Kunchi Festival (?) Matsuri Karatsu Saga Prefecture Hiryu.jpg
Imari pottery () Crafts Imari Saga Prefecture ImariA.JPG
Atomic air-raided camphor tree at Sanno Jinja (?) Vegetation Nagasaki Nagasaki Prefecture Sanno torii and camphor trees.jpg
Water discharge at Ts?junky? Bridge () Water Yamato (Yabe) Kumamoto Prefecture Tsujyunkyo-housui.jpg
Dolphins in the sea of Itsuwa () Wildlife Amakusa (Itsuwa) Kumamoto Prefecture Tursiops truncatus 01.jpg
Water scoop (hydropower) of Onta Sarayama () Water/Crafts Onta ?ita Prefecture Watermills at Onta Pottery Village 02.jpg
Soughing of the wind through pine trees of Oka Castle remains () Vegetation Taketa ?ita Prefecture Okajoshi.jpg
"Yagura-no-Todoro" water roaring at Sannomiyaky? Gorge () Waterfalls Kobayashi Miyazaki Prefecture
Wild deer of Ebino-k?gen Highlands () Wildlife Ebino Miyazaki Prefecture Portrait Hirschkuh.JPG
Cranes of Izumi () Birds Izumi Kagoshima Prefecture Grus monacha Phila Zoo.jpg
Chigami River stream and trams () Water/Local life Yakushima Kagoshima Prefecture
Subtropical creatures along Shiira River () Wildlife Taketomi (Iriomote) Okinawa Prefecture
Eisa (?) Matsuri Yonashiro/Katsuren Okinawa Prefecture Seragaki eisa.jpg

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "100 Soundscapes of Japan". Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "6G - Conservation of Good Sound Environment". Ministry of the Environment. Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2011.

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