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Noisy Serenity

June 14, 2004

One of the most serene places I visited in Japan was Engakuji (yup, more temples). The grounds gradually slope up a hillside, and the top area is surrounded by tall tress on three sides. But just like photography, recording memorable sounds is not always as simple as pushing record. While I was at the highest point of Engakuji, my recording session was overtaken first by loud construction, and when that finally abated, by a group of loud dogs. It especially irked me because no later than 15 seconds after the construction crew stopped to take a break, the dogs chimed in with their yelping. Despite all the interference some sort of bird was singing a cheerful melody and you can still grasp a bit of the feeling of the area despite all the unwanted noise.

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