The other day, I read an essay about soundscape and soundwalk. According to the essay, each city or place has its specific soundscape. Reading it, I thought of the soundscape of Hakodate.
I live in the old district called west area that is located at the foot of Mt. Hakodate. There are churches, temples, shrines and a park in my neigbhborhood. In the morning, I can hear birds chirping cheerfully. At noon, I can hear the peal of bells of Russian Orthodox Church. This church used to be called "Gangandera" or Ding Dong Temple by citizens. Today, I heard strong sound of a horse wagon passing up the paved slope. Where I live is a sightseeing area and I often see a horse wagon for tourists.
The essay referes to soundwalk, too. Soundwalk is a walk trying to be aware of good sounds.
When I had a walk in my neighborhood, I could hear a street car running. It is one of the characteristic sounds of this town. When I walked along the waterfront, I could hear cries of seagulls. It is my present boom to be counscious of my sonic environment and to pick up comfortable sounds for me.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。