46 episodes

Fifteen minutes of binaural audio recorded wherever I may be at 09:45am.

Best listened to with headphones.

Season 01 & 02: daily from April 15, 2019
Season 03: Dec 2-Dec 10

By Craig Mod. More info at: https://craigmod.com

SW945: A Walk in Japan Craig Mod

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

Fifteen minutes of binaural audio recorded wherever I may be at 09:45am.

Best listened to with headphones.

Season 01 & 02: daily from April 15, 2019
Season 03: Dec 2-Dec 10

By Craig Mod. More info at: https://craigmod.com

    S03, E07: Shichirigahama Shoreline

    S03, E07: Shichirigahama Shoreline

    December 9, 2019, 12:30pm: Ise-ji north-south, day 7. Final day. Flat leading out of Kumano City. Coastal walking. Leaden winter skies all heavy with moisture — thankfully none of it falling down. A bench by the ocean, rotten boards, falling apart. Fifteen minutes of listening to the ocean waves rolling down the Kii Penninsula towards Shingu, the final destination.

    • 12 min
    S03, E06: Mos Burger

    S03, E06: Mos Burger

    December 8, 2019, 18:30pm: Ise-ji north-south, day 6. Hello from inside fast food. Today was a day with too many peaks (7), not enough daylight. A day of racing the sun. I stopped for no more than five minutes an hour. Finally, when I stopped for long enough to record, we were in Mos Burger. Marvel at the aural chaos of so much of contemporary life. This crispy landscape is, too, part of the history of the Ise-Ji. Christmas songs and all.

    • 11 min
    S03, E05: Yakiyama Kojindo

    S03, E05: Yakiyama Kojindo

    December 7, 2019, 12:00pm: Ise-ji north-south, day 5. Hello from the steps of the recently rebuilt Buddhist temple, Kojindo, near the peak of Yakiyama. The small temple was rebuilt just a few months ago to the tune of about $200,000. The copper roof was brand new, still yet to patinated by the elements. Planes fly. Forest animals shuffle. The afternoon song of a distant village plays just barely over loud speakers.

    • 12 min
    S03, E04: Furusato Onsen

    S03, E04: Furusato Onsen

    December 5, 2019, 09:30: Ise-ji north-south, day 4. Ohayou. Perched above Furusato Onsen in a beautiful little hut looking out over the small islands running the coast of the Ise-Ji. Crashing waves. Cawing birds. Some gunshot (wild boar hunting?) in the background. A few fishing boats starting up their engines somewhere in a nearby cove.

    • 13 min
    S03, E03: Jurin Kissa

    S03, E03: Jurin Kissa

    December 4, 2019, 14:10: Ise-ji north-south, day 3. Oh, hello again. We recorded once again at Jurin in Kii-Nagashima. Think of it less as a repeat than a rhyme; new music, new customers, same countryside intonation from the owner.

    • 12 min
    S03, E02: Takihara Shrine

    S03, E02: Takihara Shrine

    December 3, 2019, 13:37: Ise-ji north-south, day 2. Why, hello. A perfect weather day — chilly when still in the shade, but just right when moving fast through the forest and villages of the Kii Penninsula. Emerged from the Misesaka Pass only to arrive at the Takihara Shrine.

    Come, walk with me down the gravel path, pray at the four shrines within, stand and listen to the world for a few moments, and then start to make our way out.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Aokajiya ,

Sound of Place

How often do we stand in one place, just listening? Not often enough, is my takeaway from this series of in situ, non-scripted binaural recordings taken from Craig Mod’s trek along Japan’s Nakasendo road. We’re only five episodes in and I already have two favorites on heavy rotation: episode one, for a little forest meditation (with a serendipitous ending), and episode four, for that “cafe background noise” vibe. Can’t wait to hear what comes next.

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