神戸市内をサウンド・ウォッチング 音風景で綴る1996年
by Takao Iba, c1997 (WWW Version by Kobe University Library, c2001)

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  Title Place recorded Sound scene Data Duration
1 Port of Kobe at New Year Maya Pier #1 Berth,
Minato-ku
11:59 p.m., January 1 (Mon.)
Ships passing the old year at the Port of Kobe sound whistle to celebrate the New Year at 10:00 o'clock. 8K 1.3MB 1:26
2 Kobe City Oji Zoo Flaming cage,
Oji-cho, Nada-ku
9:21 a.m., January 7 (Sun.)
Zoo, favorite family recreation spot on holidays. Flamingo cage, located right past the entrance, is highly popular. 8K 1.7MB 1:52
3 Yanagihara Ebisu Shrine Yanagihara Ebisu Shrine,
Nishi-Yanagihara-cho, Hyogo-ku
1:15 p.m., January 11 (Thu.)
Incredibly packed precinct with worshippers and stalls. Microphone picked up sounds from the nearby sacred lot drawing place. 8K 2.1MB 2:16
4 Underground mall Santika Town,
Chuo-ku
7:10 p.m., January 29 (Mon.)
Underground mall Santika Town suffered only minor damages despite being close to the most-badly affected downtown area. Hear the bustle of crowd in the underground mall. 8K 2.3MB 2:32
5 Setubun Festival Nagata Shrine,
Nagata-cho, Nagata-ku
1:49 p.m., February 3 (Sat.)
Sacred act of driving evil spirits held every year. Several itinerant priests go on the stage blowing trumpet shells to purify the site on the special stage. 8K 4.6MB 5:01
6 Mosaic Garden Mini-jet coaster,
Higashi-Kawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku
11:29 a.m., February 11 (Sun.)
Amusement facility right next to the Mosaic, also provided with terrace and restaurants with ocean view. Fun spot for kids with many rides, including a huge Ferris wheel. 8K 2.8MB 3:01
7 Nankin-machi Spring Festival Nankin-machi Square,
Motomachi-dori, Chuo-ku
6:28 p.m.,
February 11 (Fri.)
Spring Festival, held since 1987, is the Chinese New Year festival. Being suspended in the year of the earthquake, held for the first time in two years. Dragon dance to the tune of gongs and drums. 8K 5.4MB 5:51
8 Sumaura Ropeway Gondola,
Ichinotani-cho, Suma-ku
10:50 a.m., April 14 (Sun.)
Ropeway links the Sumaura Park (old battle ground) and Suribachi Mound. Enjoy aerial stroll while listening to announces. 8K 3.7MB 4:00
9 Earthquake reconstruction prayer floats 3-chome, Morigo-cho, Nada-ku
1:17 p.m., May 4 (Sat.)
First ever parade of all 6 floats of Nada Ward in pray for quick reconstruction from the earthquake damages. 8K 11.2MB 12:12
10 Giant container ship launching ceremony MHI Kobe Works, No. 3 Dock
8:54 a.m., May 16 (Thu.)
Launching ceremony of a giant 69,000 DWT container ship, witnessed by large crowd, including many guests. From preparation stage to the moment of cutting the rope to let the ship slowly run over the rail in the midst of deafening sounds of fire crackers. 8K 5.5MB 6:00
11 Thunder and thunderbolt Verandah of my house,
Nakajima-dori, Chuo-ku
8:28 a.m., May 22 (Wed.)
On hearing thunders on my way to work, I hurried came home to activate the recorder. One often happen to pick up sounds of the nature, like thunder, and no success guaranteed even if one sits and waits ready to record. 8K 2.6MB 2:53
12 Nightingale song Mayasan Aotani Hiking Course,
Iwaya, Nada-ku
3:08 p.m., May 25 (Sat.)
Rokko Mountain Range is home to many birds, among which nightingale is the bird of spring. After several trials, the bird was kind enough to sing right in front of the microphone. 8K 1.5MB 1:41
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1996 Kobe Sound Scene
c1997 Produced and written by Takao Iba

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