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Water, Wind, Birds... and a Shishi-Odoshi
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A Sophisticated Quietude

By using elements such as rocks, streams, ponds, and islands interleaved with dense vegetation, Japanese gardens recreate the world in miniature. To the observer, they are a beauty for the eye, and for the ears!

Enjoy spending a quiet afternoon in our Japanese Garden, while a gentle breeze caresses bamboo leaves and a solitary wind chime. In the distance, you hear the rumble of a distant waterfall. Closer to you, the cicadas remind you that the summer just started.

This soundscape has been made possible thanks the kind contribution of Daniel Mills, a fan of myNoise who lives in Japan. Among the various recordings collected, one in particular deserves a special attention: the sound of a Shishi-Odoshi, an ingenious device made of bamboo, which literally translates as 'Deer Scarer'. The Shishi-Odoshi works from the water of a fountain to create a sharp sound, and is used as a scarecrow. It is often associated with meditational environments too, and serves as a slow paced timer.

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  I love bring down the waterfall and cicadas and focusing on the birds and rainstick!

  This feels really nice and soothing, and makes me feel like I'm in a garden on a cool springtime afternoon.

  I love using these settings for when I'm writing in a quiet room. The water provides me with constant flow, with the chimes and Shishi-Odoshi punctuating my listening every so often to keep me focused.

  Less cicadas - this should be more of a distant background noise IMHO.

  I know it sounds kind of silly, but I listen to this while I study Japanese.

  Helped me do my school work. Love it.

  This is so calming and well made. As someone with ADHD this is helping me immensely with my studies. Thank you so much!

  Thanks for providing these wonderful sounds. I use them often, they help me focus and concentrate since I work in a open office. Greetings from Germany :)

  Now that school is back, we have a ton of homework and I can't concentrate. This helps me concentrate on homework!

  This is so similar to the sound of my parent's garden! Very calm, with a shishi-odoshi, small waterfall, lots of birds (they live near a forest). I love work there when I can.

  Like to listen to this to relax, but the cicadas kinda wake me up and remind me too much of daytime, and I've never been a huge fan of constant, multiple bird noises in background music (love to hear them in real life, but similar to the cicadas, they kinda wake me up). This way I enjoy the sound of the garden without being mentally 'woken up.'

  It's peaceful, but the shishi-odoshi interrupts the peace enough to keep it from fading into the background like a lot of electronic white noises do. It helps me to regain focus when I'm working and to stay on task.

  It's my rescue remedy, almost instant relief of tension... soothing, calming, balancing, uplifting. It feels like I'm breathing in peaceful joy. I feel it down my neck, my shoulders, my back, my spirit lifts and I am grateful and thankful. Ahhh... :) This is such a wonderful site; it's value goes way beyond money. So if you're listening then have the grace to donate what you can in support :)

  I love this one, I listen to it every day while I'm servicing computers. It reminds me of when I lived out on the countryside.

  Super great background noise for writing or just relaxing.

  As a kid, I used to dream of a small walled Japanese garden of my own, because of how much I loved the birch trees and birds and streams down by a nature reserve some way off from our home. Since I moved away for studies, I've had a hard time focusing without nature, and I find myself longing for a garden even more. This is perfect for studying, to hear the birds, the trickle and wind again!

  This is probably the most favourite soundscape in our office currently. All the noise you need to get into the zone. Some constant white, some random/regular dings that show time still exists, some happy birds.

  God this made me kinshift to deku so hard.

  I work with data and spreadsheets and need a place for my thoughts to rest while my mind concentrates. This is my go-to all week long. I am a proud patron (of a pitance) and sincerely hope all will contribute, as well.

  This is the most relaxing website in existence. This has helped me focus and work on my homework today. Will definitely be returning.

  This preset helped me concentrate for a test I had. Recommend it.

  This makes me feel at peace.

  Used in harmony with the YouTube live stream of BGMchannel, I can close my eyes and feel as if I was at an outdoor cafe in a Japanese Garden. It is the ambience I prefer when I am working overtime, or there is something difficult I have to do in school. Soothe your soul, calm your mind.

  I combine this with Japanese Oase to relax. They're both so calm together!

  I just came back from a visit to Japan, where I saw many temples and gardens. This transports me right back to the tranquil beauty of nature.

  J U S T . B E A U T I F U L .

 The Japanese Garden helps me get through busy days in the home office. It is a delightful backdrop when working intensively and alone.

 Like standing in a forest, next to a waterfall.

 Try listening to this alongside Osmosis, especially the water streams/shishi-odoshi, alongside some of the Osmosis presets like Flying. It's truly soothing.

 Loved it! How do you guys do it?!!

 Pairing this setting with my preset of the Singing Bowls is simply the most serene landscape I can fathom. It fuses the tonal drones I need for focus with a touch of peaceful nature to make me feel more connected to Earth and less to my desk. Perfection.

 This setting helps me, a full-time student with ADD and procrastination issues, to study for long periods of time with minimal distraction. The ultimate chill mood can be achieved!

 I listen to this all day, then at night, but I turn the birds down.

 This preset put me right to sleep! Thank you so much for your hard work!!!

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 Thanks so much for this tool. This setting with the chimes turned way down, had me asleep all night - so restful!

 This is probably one of the most relaxing environments Ive ever heard.

 Absolutely lovely. 'Japanese Garden' with its very quiet natural sounds took me away from the rumblings in my mind after a difficult day, and is now helping me to study in much needed solitude in my library. Beautiful ~ much appreciated ~ gratitude.

 I absolutely love how the water sounds (water is one of my favorite noises) but to have it combined with the other sounds is just heavenly. It reminds me of sitting by a creek and just drawing and not having a care in the world. Definitely my favorite noise.

 For some reason I just love the sound of the Shishi-Odoshi! I like to combine it with other generators and it's great to add a pleasant sound every once in a while to something repetitive.

 I am transported, all at once carried away from the bedlam of construction and anxiety of having to relocate due to gentrification, to a most serene and happy place!!! I thought it impossible to be calm and focused in this chaos.This Japanese Garden mix brings me peace! The wind in the Bamboo sends shivers, the light chimes and gentle stream play to the bird and summer cicada calls. THANK YOU!

 We recently moved to a guesthouse that is adjacent to a major freeway. Found this site by simply searching "white noise" in my non-google search engine. Very well done, helps us focus on anything but the passing vehicles. Thank-you so much for improving our quality of life. Chapeau  M. Pigeon.

 This is exactly what Inokashira Park in Tokyo sounds like in August.Brings back all my memories of living there. <3

 I keep coming back to myNoise.net after years of loyal attendance and this soundscape always draws me in... thank you so, so very much.

 Recently I updated my 2.1 sound system to a very modest Creative 5.1 system for less than $100. I live among the woods. After updating the audio system, many a time, unknowingly I looked at the window for birds, only to realize a split second later that they are from the speakers. Such pure is the quality of Dr.Stephane's recording & reproduction. Meticulous work. Hats off.

 This plus the Zen Garden and Wooden Chimes makes for a very relaxing mood setting. Perfect for laying back and meditating or reading.

 I'm so happy I discovered this site! So many natural soundscapes, and so many options to play with and customize the sounds. I love the purring kitty, it helps me fall asleep or drown out my next door neighbor's racket. I also love the Japanese garden, I use it to create a soundscape and background for relaxation and meditation. Wonderful!

 This is my absolute favourite noise on this website, as not only does it help me focus when studying, but it also helps me relax after a long day. I just lie down, close my eyes, and pretend I'm somewhere else for a while.

 I love this one cause it's so subtle, yet provides me just enough ambience to brighten up the soundscape of an otherwise quiet moment. I enjoy falling asleep to it. I'm about to do that right now! See you in the morning. Gnight. Zzzzz.

 Absolutely love this soundscape! I live in a one-room apartment with my boyfriend and this really makes it so much easier to focus and work! Thank you.

 As someone with ADHD, I sometimes struggle with staying on task when doing homework. This helps block out all outside noise, and it's so much easier to focus with Japanese Garden playing. Thank you!

 Just beautiful. I've used this before but never commented; right now, though, I have pneumonia and this is what's helping me relax. The more I relax, the better I'll rest, and the quicker I'll heal. Heh-- I work in a hospital; wish the patients could play these things in their rooms with earbuds in, I bet it'd make some of them a lot happier. Why not?


 This is so relaxing! I've been working on a very important economics assignment for 5 hours and this noise is the reason for me being able to do that. Thank you, developers! <3 I've also just downloaded the mobile app and am already loving it. Will buy the "all noise pack" very soon. :)

 It's my favorite generator ever. I work at home, with husband and kids around, and it really helps me focus at work. It's also an excellent noise blocker. Thank you for this amazing site. :)

 I wish I could contribute money to this site but I am just a child. This is sublime and helping me a lot with exam stress.

 This, combined with Telecaster Licks, both on animate - absolute bliss! This website is one of few things that can tame my ADHD!

 Getting me through finals.

 In my head, I imagine how in a total forest, that there is a very small and subtle garden meant for meditation and thought. So close to the nature such that you can hear everything but still apart.

 As someone with ADHD, I sometimes struggle with staying on task when doing homework. This helps block out all outside noise, and it's so much easier to focus with Japanese Garden playing. Thank you!

 Lovely with relaxing music.

 Amazingly tranquil, minimalistic and wonderful. A small fountain or stream with birds in the background.

 So peaceful, tranquil, meditative, minimalist. Perfect for studying and working on my code.All of your audio is so clean. Much respect!

 This is absolutely PERFECT! Thank you so much for creating this.

 This soundscape is invaluable to me, my peace of mind, and my studying. I typically pair this with a drone type of soundscape, or some instrumental music when I study, and it makes me focus like nothing else can, as well makes me feel relaxed and calm. When I turn this soundscape on, it's like my brain breathes a sigh of relief. Thank you for this website.

 Japanese Garden + Indian Drone = work work work Thank you so much for this site.

 It's so relaxing. I could fall asleep for days!

 Yours is a wonderful site - sound is so important and it's so refreshing to have these selections rather than listening to sirens and jackhammers and loud lawnmowers (I like the sound of the old-fashioned rotary mowers though)! Thank you so much for doing this.

 Indian Drone pairs really well with this!

 Sounds great! Thank you so much for the amazing music and sounds!

 Gives me nostalgic feelings...

 I fell asleep to this mixed with Crystal Stream on 2x animation. Great.

 Sounds like a hot summer day in the hills of California.

 So peaceful and soft, lulling me into a sense of pleasant ease. I struggle with anxiety and this keeps me grounded, calm and smooth.

 I listened to this when I was learning the kigos that indicate the four seasons in Japanese poetry. The uguisu indicates the spring, nudity signifies the summer, the moon is a symbol for autumn and snow represents the winter. Then I wrote a haiku in Esperanto with some confusing kigos: La lumo luna / kuas kiel neo sur / la hato nuda

 This noise track gives me so much peace at work when I need to focus! It is very serene and a great addition to myNoise. Tracks like this are the reason I support mynoise.

 What I like about the generator are the sound of bamboo leaves and windchime. It creates feeling like I'm really at home now and it make me relax.

 I find this mix perfect for writing to.

 This one was the right mood to study for my last exams before graduating! And I did it, so, to me, it is sweet and sour to listen to it, but it helps a lot with my concentration.

 This is so great for when you're stuck inside on a nice day. Pairing it with Wooden Chimes, I feel like I'm relaxing out in a garden on a cool, breezy summer afternoon. I love it!

 It's funny how much this noise generator reminds me of my home, which is nowhere near Japan (Northeastern Ohio!). The bird calls are a little different, and the shishi-odoshi is an entirely unique (but lovely) sound, but the wind, the leaves, the cicadas, and the background chatter of birds sounds so much like a summer morning in my neighborhood. We're not really so different, I guess. :)

 This is the next best thing to writing outside in the middle of a garden. The shishi-odoshi, uguisu bird, and bamboo leaves play off of each other in a sort of music improv: The distant bird and gentle swaying leaves relax and distract, letting you drift off, while the shishi-odoshi brings you back. Perfect for brainstorming, writing, and creativity.

 This is absolutely beautiful and relaxing. A minute of playing around and I feel like I've come across the (..er, at least my) perfect combination. I added Nocturnal Garden and now use it to sleep at night. I love it (:

 I love Japanese Garden! Recently I've been losing motivation/getting distracted with doing my homework for my classes, and this has really helped me to keep focused!

 After fiddling around in the "Japanese Garden" I got myself a soothing water stream with some birds and the occasional wind chimes. I didn't even know one could get this relaxed by just closing your eyes, laying back and listening... I was never too interested in these "background noise" websites until I ran into this one and I'm just amazed. Definitely recommending this to friends and family.

 I absolutely love this site! I work at a customized living residence for people with severe and persistent mental illness, and I often have one or a mix of your generators on in the background in our offices. It helps increase the privacy of sensitive conversations, and also puts both residents and staff at ease in what can often be a very stressful environment. Thank you! <3

 I like this with the breeze rustling the leaves, closer to the Shishi-Odoshi than the windchime, with a few birds here and there. Very peaceful.

 In the middle of Winter, this really lets me feel like it's early Spring or Fall again with the wind rushing through the leaves. That and the occasional chime (?) of the Shishi-Odoshi is amazing. It sounds something like the reminder of a heartbeat to me.

 So, I sometimes have trouble studying at home without some form of background noise. I absolutely love this site and love this noise configuration because it really reminds me of home (especially with the wind chimes). Thank you so much!

 Japanese turned Australian bush. I close my eyes for a minute at work and I'm on a remote property on a hot, windy day without a care in the world.

 This track is exceptionally calm and relaxing... I pulled back on some of the tracks that were too loud, and now I absolutely love it. I'm switching to this from the Distant Thunder sound for study time.

 I love to listen to this when I'm at work. It makes me really feel relaxed and destresses me when things get hectic!

 I love this noise generator. I use it to help me go to sleep.

 This generator is amazing! I just have some wind, some leaves, some birds chirping, and the occasional wind chime. I'm in the library studying, but if I close my eyes, I feel like I'm laying back in a garden or in a field, just listening to the sounds of nature... Very relaxing! Thank you!

 I love listening to this as I do rewrites. With a few minor adjustments, the waterfall, bamboo leaves and cicadas perfectly cancel out the voice of my boss.

 I love listening to this as I read, or to help me fall asleep. It puts me in a very relaxed, meditative like state, and for a very high-strung person that is a gift!

 The natural sounds help to relax me even on my busiest days <3

 This made me forget about the cold winter weather outside. My new favorite!

 Japanese Garden is my new favorite sound, especially when I am at the office. I am soothed by the cicadas and the Shishi-Odoshi. Janet McKensey ~ Corvallis, Oregon, USA

 Use this setting and just the harps and plucked from Three Friends of Winter for a truly zen experience.

 I love the wind with the subtle sound in the back and the bamboo leaves. I am high strung and dealing with anger management. This really calms me down.

 I have difficulty breathing, and certain sounds help me to relax enough to be able to breathe easily. This soundscape, from the moment I put it on, gave me the peace of mind to inhale and exhale with ease. After tweaking with it for a bit, I found the perfect soundscape for me. Thank you so much for this  it's so calming and really, truly helped take a load off of my chest.

 This is so nice and calming, hearing the voices of nature without actually being in nature while sitting at home trying not to procrastinate and actually be able to concentrate enough to do my work.

 Listening to this is almost like going back to the shrines, gardens, and other meditative spaces I loved to go to when I lived in Japan. Thank you!

 Quiet garden with a singing bird and the occasional gust of wind. Very relaxing.

 Literally sitting with senpai on a nice warm day

 Putting this on animate was the perfect way to help keep focused on the paper I had to write. Thank you for another wonderful generator!

 How I wish my backyard sounded, like the chaotic serenity of an almost abandoned garden.

 It's like living in an Anime. Cozy as hell.

 I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland. From the water to the cicadas, this generator reminds me of home. Thank you. :)

 As always, a fantastic soundscape to relax to. I love the mix of wind, water, and birds together. Thank you so much for all your work.

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 A very serene feeling of the waterfall, the odoshi and birds help drown out the noisy chatter of my peers whom of which are rather annoying.

 Really happy to have water, birds and chimes all in one generator. I've been running this on animate for hours to create a calm and pleasant environment to study in, and it's great for meditation too!

 Perfect! Esp. the ciccadas - peaceful, calming, but not sleep-inducing. A great generator for work, study, concentration... i.e. tasks where you need to focus mental energy.

 Beautiful and relaxing. My favorite garden soundscape yet. Keep up the good work!

 I layer this soundscape with the Three Friends of Winter. It's like being in a Japanese meditation room. It makes for great writing background music as well.

 I've been listening to this Japanese Garden for two full days now. This is my First Choice, Go-to. It makes my little work cubicle seem spacious, and calm. I'm getting so much done!

 I love this setting: quiet, but blocks out distracting noises from colleagues; calming when the work is stressful; but not *too* calming, because the Shishi-Odoshi keeps me awake!

 Soothing meditative rhythm by the stream.

 This setting feels like a still summer day in a warm, sunny garden. Love it! It reminds me of home, but is also just different enough to allow me to relax with a focused mind.

 Wonderfully relaxing. I'm visiting Kyoto very soon, and this is making me look forward to it even more. I'm sure that when I return to my office, this generator will make me feel like I never left.

 This makes me wish that it was summer whilst in fall.

 Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting the Japanese garden section of my local botanical gardens and learn about zen. The principle of zen is not unlike adjusting sliders on a noise machine  everything is deliberately put in place to seem accidental and natural. Thanks again for another fantastic environment!

 This makes me feel like I'm in a peaceful quiet place.

 Very peaceful atmosphere, really nice to listen to! I love the water sounds such as Dark Water and Intertidal, but this perfectly combines those with the insects and Shishi-Odoshi to make a slightly more complex and therapeutic sound. The birds are also a lovely touch. Can't wait to use it for a meditation sometime!

 My new favorite. I use it for writing and meditation. It creates a very peaceful and calm environment, perfect for a spacious but intimate moment.

 Beautifully relaxing - a new favourite! <3

 The perfect soundscape to let everything go and find your inner zen! Absolutely amazing!

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