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
13 Rokko Mountain Range in rainy season Downstream of Nunobiki Reservoir,
Fukiai-cho, Chuo-ku
2:11 p.m., June 8 (Sat.)
Ravine streams and songs of wild birds, and fairly heavy rain. I wonder whether sounds alone can recreate the whole scene. 8K 1.9MB 2:02
14 Training ship Kaio-maru clearing the port Shinko No. 1 Pier,
1:49 p.m., June 11 (Tue.)
About to sail for Seattle with Mercantile Marine University students. Students say good-bye from atop masts to other students and families standing on the berth. Three whistles express regret at parting. A typical sound scene of the port. 8K 6.0MB 6:35
15 Singing frog in limpid stream Upstream of Ichihara,
Fukiai-cho, Chuo-ku
5:09 a.m., July 7 (Sun.)
Singing frog, according to a dictionary "green frog family; lives in shallows of clear valley waters, with dark-green back, male sings charmingly." Nowadays hard to hear its song unless very deep in the hearts of a mountain probably due to scarcity of limpid streams. 8K 2.0MB 2:14
16 Kobe Festival
Reconstruct! Kobe Parade
Motomachi-dori 3-chome
Shopping Arcade
2:36 p.m., July 20 (Sat.)
The 26th Kobe Festival, held for the first time in two years after an interruption due to the earthquake. Music bands parading through the Motomachi Shopping Arcade. 8K 4.2MB 4:35
17 Kobe Festival
Fireworks and Music Festival
Suma Beach,
Sumaura-dori, Suma-ku
7:47 p.m., July 28 (Sun.)
Neighborhood-version of Kobe Festival, apart from main events. Fireworks from the Suma Ward Festival on the Suma Beach. 8K 1.5MB 1:40
18 Coffee shop with "bell-ring" insects Coffee Shop Ako,
Nozaki-dori, Chuo-ku
8:08 a.m., June 10 (Sat.)
Chirrup of bell-ring insects recorded helped by the coffee shop owner couple with eight years of experience raising these insects. Maybe bit noisy as the coffee shop is on a bus route. 8K 2.6MB 2:51
19 Kobe Akashi Strait Bridge on inauguration Maiko Beach,
Higashi-Maiko-cho, Tarumi-ku
10:25 a.m., September 18 (Wed.)
Two sections were joined on this day after 8 years and 4 months since the work had started in 1988. Sound of the waves washing the beach front at the time when the first crossing ceremony was held after tightening last bolts. 8K 1.6MB 1:50
20 Orix wins Pacific League championship Right-field seat,
Green Stadium Kobe
4:14 p.m., September 23 (Mon.)
Orix Blue Wave, just one more win the pro-baseball league championship. The moment mighty outfielder Ichiro made a clean hit to decide the game in midst of roaring "Ichiro! Call" in the second half of the tenth inning, no out with a runner on the first base. Thank you Blue Wave for giving us dream and emotion in the hard time after the earthquake. 8K 3.9MB 4:17
21 Kobe Portopia Land Clock tower,
Chuo-ku
10:54 a.m., September 29 (Sun.)
Amusement part opened at the time of the Portopia'81 exposition. Highly popular fun place with many rides, including the giant Ferris wheel, one of the largest in the world and the double-loop jet coaster. The clock striking the hour and the jet coaster zipping through overhead will take you right into the park. 8K 2.6MB 2:52
22 JR West Japan Konan-Yamate Station opened East side of platform,
Higashinada-ku
5:18 a.m., October 1 (Tue.)
New station born for the first time after 28 years since the Asagiri Station on the JR West Japan line. On getting to the station at 2:00 a.m., I found five people already in a queue to get the first ticket. A train spotter's footsteps and voice were also picked up. 8K 4.2MB 4:33
23 Tour bus City Loop Between Subway Sannomiya Station and Motomachi 1-chome
11:05 a.m., October 6 (Sun.)
This old-fashioned type bus takes you to major attractions in Kobe with announces on nearby sites too. At the time of this recording, included opening of the observation lobby at the City Hall and the old Concession, and Kobe's Chinatown, Nankin-machi. 8K 3.4MB 3:42
24 Harvest time "Harvesting Rice" Sakamoto,
Yamada-cho, Kita-ku
11:48 a.m., October 10 (Thur.)
Kobe is flanked by the sea and hills, but in Kita Ward beyond the Rokko Mountain Range is expansive farm land. As I was driving, I spotted a combine harvester in work. 8K 3.1MB 3:22
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1996 Kobe Sound Scene
c1997 Produced and written by Takao Iba

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