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
25 Kobe Jazz Street Parade Kitano-zaka,
Chuo-ku
11:05 a.m., October 12 (Sat.)
A regular event in the fall, now in the 15th year in a row. Dixie Marching Band of about 20 players parades from Hankyu Sannomiya Station all the way up to the Kitano-zaka to announce the opening of events. 8K 2.7MB 2:58
26 Viccel Kobe wins place in the J-League Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium
2:40 p.m., October 27 (Sun.)
The moment Viccel secured entry to the J-League by defeating NTT Kanto in the final match of the Japan Football League. Manager Baxter was hoisted in the midst of roaring cheers and tapes thrown by team supporters. 8K 3.8MB 4:11
27 "Kobe Sound Scene" at midnight in uptown Kobe Verandah of my home,
Nakajima-dori, Chuo-ku
Midnight, November 3 (Sun.)
Sounds picked up in a minute before and after each hour for 24 hours on a day are put together, i.e. you can hear sounds of a whole day in 25 minutes. CD player's display tells you the time recording was made. For instance, if the display shows 5 min., it means the sound scene at 5:00 a.m. with an approaching newsman's motorbike; 14 min. is 2:00 as a ship blows a whistle in the Port of Kobe; 18 min. is 6:00 p.m., sweet-potato baker crying on the street. 8K 22.9MB 25:00
28 Gateway to Kobe, Bullet Train Shin-Kobe Station Bullet-Train Land Bridge facing the Kumochi Hachiman Shrine
6:43 p.m., November 9 (Sat.)
Shinkansen Line Shin-Kobe Station where 157 trains stops a day. Streets of Kobe one sees after alighting the bullet train give a relieving feel after a hectic business trip. I don't think I am the only person who feels that way. 8K 4.2MB 4:36
29 Tourists in Kitano Ijinkan Area Oranda-zaka,
Kitano-cho, Chuo-ku
11:55 a.m., November 10 (Sun.)
Earthquake severely damaged 24 Ijinkan (old foreigners' residences). I visited Kitano-cho on this day when 21 Ijinkan were opened after being restored. Footsteps and chats of people going up and down slopes made me feel that tourists were coming back to this town. 8K 1.8MB 1:56
30 Nunobiki Fall "Odaki" Nunobiki Park,
Chuo-ku
4:27 p.m., November 10 (Sun.)
Among a total of four falls, Odaki (male fall), 43 m tall and 4 m wide, is the largest. Many hikers visit as falls are on a popular hiking course. 8K 1.4MB 1:32
31 Light sculpture Kobe Luminarie opening Lighting ceremony,
Old Foreign Concession
5:45 p.m., December 12 (Thur.)
Moment of lighting,
Higashi Park
5:27 p.m., December 14 (Sat.)
Many events were suspended in the earth of earthquake, but "Kobe Luminarie" was born in that year. This time, in much larger scale with 220,000 bulbs were lit up in four sites for 14 days. At the lighting ceremony, the Bell of Hope first rang in the pitch dark night, then bulbs were turned on all at the same time, enveloped in cheers and clapping of hands. Equally huge burst of joyful cries at the Higashi Park on the moment of lighting up. 8K 2.4MB 2:38
32 Rokko Ski Slope Rokko Country House
10:16 a.m., December 15 (Sun.)
The only (man-made) ski slope in Kobe. First Sunday in the year after opening on the 10th. The 260 m long and 50 m wide slope was filled with many skiers of all ages and families. 8K 2.0MB 2:11
33 Kobe Fresh Market on New Year's Eve Higashiyama Shopping Center,
Hyogo-ku
10:48 a.m., December 31 (Tue.)
Kobe Fresh Market, Kobe's kitchen, is a term for a complex of five shopping districts and markets to the north side of Minatogawa Park. Bustling sounds were picked up as I walked through shopping centers packed with people shopping New Year's goods. 8K 2.0MB 2:11
34 Watch-night Bell at Arima Hot Spa Onsen Temple,
Arima-cho, Kita-ku
11:45 p.m., December 31 (Tue.)
Arima Hot Spa, one of the nation's oldest spas alongside Kusatsu and Dogo. At the Onsen Temple there, first 108 happy people are allowed to strike the watch-night bell. People on hot-spring cure clad in dressing gowns pay homage to the temple at the start of a new year, leaving sounds of wooden clogs on the cobbled streets. 8K 4.1MB 4:32
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1996 Kobe Sound Scene
c1997 Produced and written by Takao Iba

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