Sonic Japan: Sounds of Matsumoto

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Ema at Yohashira Shrine, Matsumoto
Ema (picture horse) are small wooden plaques that can be found at Shinto shrines. Worshippers can buy an Ema and inscribe a message on its back to the deity (kami) of the Shrine and the priests. The message may request good luck for an exam or marriage (depending on the specific shrine) but is left to hang alongside other Ema and later burn't as part of a ritual to release the wish to the shrine deity. In early Shinto religion, horses were understood to carry messages to deities. The Ema make a rattling sound in the wind as they bump up against each other. (04/19/2019)
Tōryanse Street Crossing
At a crossing just outside Matsumoto station in Nagano-ken, a tune is played indicating that it is safe to cross the street. The tune is based on an old folk tune that describes passing through a checkpoint to Tenjin Shrine, where on a child's seventh birthday parents pray for their child's future health and longevity. (2019-04-20)
Matsumoto Station
Arriving to Matsumoto station you can hear the distinctive announcement "Matsumotoo, Matsumotoo". This is a nostalgic announcement signalling to travellers that they have reached a mountain district, a place to relax, enjoy the fresh air and to hike or ski in the mountains. (2014/09/24)

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小学校での給食 Lunch at an elementary school

Wed Jun 18 2014 by Thomas Baudinette and Martin Chenhall
Since the early 20th Century, school lunches (known as kyuushoku) have become a daily tradition in Japanese elementary and junior high schools. They usually consist of a bread roll, a carton or bottle of milk and an inexpensive dish containing protein (such as a fried fish) and increasingly, since the 1980s, rice, soup and popular dishes such as Japanese curry or rissoles called "hanbaagu" (also known as Hamburg steak).>>