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    This study will investigate how people negotiate their relationships to sound in densely populated, ageing metropolises (Tokyo and Kyoto). We will examine sound’s pivotal role in mediating relationships between public and private spheres in Japan. This anthropological research focuses on ‘sonic practice,’ a way of understanding the situated, embodied means by which sound is made significant, in places such as train stations, factories, concert halls, sports clubs, and therapeutic sessions.

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  • Soba noodles are a popular dish in Japan. Served either hot or cold, soba noodles are made from buckwheat and are typically eaten with a broth. Sometimes they are served with pickles (tsukemono). Part of the enjoyment of eating soba nooldes (indeed, any noodles in Japan) is sensory- feeling the noodles slip through your pursed ... Read more
  • The following sounds were recorded during an evening protest in front of the Government offices in Kasumigaseki and  Nagatacho in central Tokyo.I began my sensory experience at the Anti Nuke Occupy Tent, which was located near exit A12 of the Kasumigaseki Station.  There, in front of METI (経済産業省), activists have constructed a sort of headquarters ... Read more
  • The music industry in Japan, as elsewhere, is seen to be a troubled industry. Since the late 1990s, sales figures of CDs in Japan have been in steady decline, in part due to the rise of online music as the primary source for consumers. Another reason was the redirection of dispensable income into other youth ... Read more
  • Ochanomizu is an area in central Tokyo that is located near several major universities:  Meiji University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Juntendo University (Ochanomizu University moved to another part of the city after the 1923 Kanto Earthquake. Tokyo University’s Hongo Campus is a short distance away).    The retailers in this area cater in part to ... Read more
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