Sonic Japan Digital Respository

 Sonic Japan Digital Repository

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A quiet space in Kyoto
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Music shops in Tokyo

The Repository is a new online database of sound recordings, funded by the ARC project Sonic Practice in Japan (DP1312035). The Repository features recordings made in Japan. This site will provide research training for postgraduates in Japanese studies and cognate disciplines, as well as providing an important resource to a global community of social scientists in the burgeoning field of sensory studies. Furthermore, many of these recordings will have pedagogical uses in the Japanese language classroom at a variety of levels. The Repository will also provide a useful example to other scholars working in sensory studies wishing to develop cartographies of the senses.

At the official launch on 4 June, the chief investigators of the project and their research assistant made presentations regarding their findings and the construction of this digital repository. They invite students and researchers of Japanese language, culture and society, as well as ethnographers of the senses, to utilise and contribute to it as a digital resource for years to come.

Special thanks go to Thomas Baudinette, the research assistant for this project, for making the launch a success.

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Professor Stevens introduced the repository by telling a story about the ‘chakumero’ of the Yamanote Line in Tokyo
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The audience: Japanese studies and linguistics researchers and teachers as well as others from the academic community
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A/Prof Kohn spoke of her sonic experiences on the aikido mats at the headquarters of the Japanese Aikido Association in Tokyo.
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Dr. Chenhall performed the piece Honshirabe and spoke about the corporal experience of learning to produce sound with the shakuhachi.
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A/Prof Kohn demonstrates how to ‘slap’ an aikido mat as postgraduates look on

Photo credits:  C. Stevens and T. Baudinette

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