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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 to 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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  Japanese Garden was updated. And what is the change? Waterfall noise used to be too loud and tonal and it became quieter, wider and more balanced with the others. Have I noticed the change correctly? P.S. If it seems sleepy, add the 32 Hz isochronic tone which imitates a cicada.

  This is a beautiful sound, peaceful and zen. I can just imagine the scene from just these sounds. <3

  So calming! First put it on to work to and very quickly realised I'd fall asleep before getting anything productive done, but that it would be great for winding down after work. Love it.

  Thank you - most relaxing - perfect to focus on!

  This one is the best!

  It's so calming and soothes my ADHD!

  This is one of my favorite sound to combine with my favorites audiobooks. It really adds to the experiences.

  This is the best for any occasion. I'm probably going to have a speaker playing this in the background for next year's Easter egg hunt.

  İt İs perfect ! Super relaxing.

  Superb relaxing and soothing! My fav so far for relaxation and stress relief.

  I've been feeling really overwhelmed and incapable recently and this has had a massive impact on my ability to do work. Just listening to this in the background is making me feel a lot calmer, more at ease, and I've been able to get more done. I can't thank you enough.

  So relaxing Zen environment which gives me a peaceful feeling and makes me focused.

  Super relaxing!

  As soon as it started playing I felt myself become more relaxed. Seriously great soundscape. Just found this website, thanks for making this available to us.

  This is perfect for those online meetings who working from home. Having another background noise makes the meetings less heavy, specially if they last a long time.

  This is so calming, thank you so much for making this. I have struggled with anxiety my entire life and this really helps me calm down.

  I love the Japanese Garden. I leave it on all day while I'm working. It helps me relax and is a great distraction from the tinnitus that I have had for the last 20 years. I am thankful for myNoise.

  This "Japanese Garden" sound is my favorite. I often listen to it after a difficult therapy session. It's so calming and reminds me of home (I grew up in Tokyo).

  You changed my life, in that sense it’s literally what I would create if I learned how. Quite perfect. ^^ all I ever wanted when it comes to sound. Hail Autism lmao

  I love this so much. It's perfect for studying, meditating, relaxing, or just working. (P.S. best website ever for calming sounds)

  A very peaceful background that helps me concentrate on my work. It has a perfect combination of white noise and variation to keep it from being monotonous.

  You sit inside a traditional Japanese house - the summer day is warm and windy, the view on terrace is open. The vegetation is lush - bamboo leaves brushing onto each other with playful ease, cicadas ringing in the distance. An old shishi-odoshi giving in its gentle trickle with lazy knocks. You take that old book you wanted to read weeks ago and indulge in it with this intricate quietude around.

  This is perfect. Usually enjoy more experimental generators but this incorporates many of my favourite sounds with this preset.

  I can picture myself sitting on the grass, there's this small Japanese coffee table in front of me, my dog is running over the fence, birds are humming, there are some clouds above me, but the sun is also shining. The weather is just perfect.

  This and a little less than that but most importantly, my cat Sugar approves.

  I love this. It's perfect for studying, meditating or just relaxing. (P.S. best website ever)

  I'm a huge fan of your work. The Japanese Garden is my favorite with the Shishi-Odoshi :) I use it every single day while at work. It really helps me focus.

  Perfect for that very needed zen.

  I love that there are descriptive captions for the elements used in the environment generators, in The Japanese Garden for example, you're invited to visualise the scene: meditation without blah.

  Rediscovered this page since university years ago - and very happy I did!! Since working from home this has been a welcome escape. What a marvellous project that is deserving of support. Thank you, Stéphane.

  Thank you, I suffer from tinnitus, and this has been helping me to be able to read again!

  On a pleasant afternoon, you relish the slight bitterness of matcha paired with spring's sweets --- beautiful hagashi arranged on a lacquered plate. You listen to the wind chimes, hear the birds in the forest nearby, and watch the shishi-odoshi tipping in the garden. It's as if you don't have a care in the world. <3

  I have been using myNoise app as a lovely whitenoise generator for my bedroom for years. This Japanese Garden is one of my favorites. I usually only use the waterfall, wind, bamboo leaves, shishi-odishi sounds. Together it's a like a tranquilizer and I turn it loud enough to drown out all other sound…

  As many others there I have to study and do my homework. But I just can't do something without anything playing in the background. So, I listened to music while studying, but it often distracted me and when I found these site it became my rescue as noises, particularly noises of Japanese garden, help me to focus on and do my best without distracting.

  This is perfect for my prayer time! It helps me focus and keeps my mind from drifting off! Thanks so much, myNoise.

  This helps with with sensory issues while at work, noise cancelling headphones and this relaxing outdoors sound is very calming. 100% been talking this up to others when I heard about this site on a ASD chat. Thank You from the bottom of my heart for this.

  I use this almost every day as I work from home and otherwise in a very quiet environment. The Japanese Garden really enhances my working experience. I donated almost immediately as I consider it a fantastic resource that needs to be supported.

  I have to study for finals at home, as many other uni students have to in the pandemic, and the noise at home can start to feel like it is sabotaging my study sessions. I'm also a HSP (highly sensitive person) and easily overwhelmed by everyday noises sometimes, like my sister talking nonstop on the phone all night. This site, and particularly this Japanese Garden noise, is truly such a relief.

  Why is this not more popular? I found this yesterday and OMG you guys are amazing. This garden is really nice especially with the water stream volume up! It's epic! I have it whiles doing Math and it's just so niceeee - I can let this list flow endlessly!

  This is so soothing to me, I suffer with anxiety and bipolar disorder, when things get too overwhelming for me this helps bring me peace when I need it most.

  I love this website. It calms me down and helps me to focus on my work. I'm working in a noisy environment that often distracts me, especially the conversations. So I'm wearing a noise-cancelling bt headset with all kinds of your noises on. Thank you.

  Japanese garden is really relaxing! I love it !

  I use this Garden every time I'm in my tutoring class! This helps me focus a TON thank you!

  I've been trying to learn to lucid dream, but have been struggling to imagine myself in the location I've planned to 'visit' - this generator's been able to help me get closer to feeling like I'm actually there and helped to focus my mind in the process. Thank you!

  Love it! I was mad earlier and I remembered this site, so I played a bit of this and closed my eyes. I feel so much better. Thank you so much!

  This is the best place to find custom music for any video production [Editor's note: THIS IS NOT ALLOWED - please read the terms of use].

  This is so nice! It helps me focus, for some reason, but sometimes I just listen to it without doing anything. My favorite part of it is the trickling stream.

  Very calming. I like to meditate with this.

  The moment I heard the sounds from this lush soundscape my mind felt at peace and I was ready to work. Thank you so much for this!

  Great for escapism and for getting work done! Thank you!

  I've always worked around the site trying to layer up different noises to make an ideal environment to paint in - but with this generator, I've got everything I need. Thank you, Dr. Pigeon!

  I always imagined that this is what my Zen garden would sound like. Alive with birdsong, and mystical with the sound of water running, and the wind chimes creating their own melody.

  This is the best noise ever . The wind chimes are my favorite.

  This is exactly the tranquility I needed tonight. I've always adored the sounds available on this site; they truly transport people elsewhere during crucial times. I've lowered the waterfall noise — nothing grandiose today. I just need a garden, and now I have my own, all to myself, and it hushes my frantic thoughts. Thank you, Stéphane. Beautiful work.

  A wonderfully relaxing set of sounds to help relax and focus on tasks. Reminds me of home (not Japan, but the east of England!), feels like I'm writing in the garden on a summer afternoon rather than cooped up at my desk.

  I love this. It puts my mind at peace, without being too much at once. The cicadas really give me the feeling of summer again, in this ending of winter.

  This is a wonderful noise! Makes me want to visit Japan again. <3

  This is just so... I cant describe it. It's so amazing and calm. I just love it!

  This helps with my attention and I showed this to my father too, he said it was very relaxing. You're great, thank you for this site.

  This is one of my favorites with Primeval Forest. I'm very sensitive to noise and have trouble focusing, after years of earplugs and trying to shut every noise down, myNoise is a life-saver. I'm still a student but I swear, as soon as I have a steady job you'll be the first one to get a donation. Thank you so much for your work!

  Very good with Thunder.

  This is an amazing background noise. I was looking for an app to replace my Ambience app launched back for MacOS X but since the developers lost the code it was abandoned. I am so great full myNoise exist. I can finally say - after many many years looking for a replacement of Ambience - I found replacement and way more sophisticated. Thank you!

  This noise is like my dream place. A waterfall, birds, and a water stream. I don't know how you do it. I'm a student with ADHD, and this helps tremendously with concentrating.

  Wow. This is by far my favourite audioscape on this website. The chimes, leaves, and birds keep me calm and drown out background noise. The star of the show is definitely the Shishi-Odoshi. Whenever my mind starts to wander, it always brings me back to the task at hand! Great stuff.

  So crazy how with a few slider changes you can feel like you're in completely different parts of Japan.

  It's really beautiful. it relaxes me and increases my motivation while studying.

  For years I've struggled with sleeping problems but these noises seem to finally be the answer I needed. I discovered this site a few weeks ago and I've been sleeping much better with it playing in the background. The sense of calm it puts over me is like no other. Thank you!

  This is just so so calming! I can get very stressed while studying because of fear of failing & not being successful, and this stress prevents me from concentrating. This sound, however, makes a great difference! Thank you so much for making it free, I appreciate~ <3

  I listen to this album on Apple Music to go to sleep every night. Love it! Thank you!!! :D

  It makes me forget all the troubles in minutes <3 Thanks.

  Oh my gosh, I love this setting. The bird and stream and windchimes work together to calm me down, but the Shishi-Odoshi keeps me alert. Now I can do work. Thank you!

  I really like Japanese Garden because of how calm it is.

  This is my favorite sound on this website! And my two birds love to hear it to!

  I love all the sounds in Japanese Garden except the cicadas because they give me anxiety.

  This is very relaxing and calming.

  I've been using this website for years and I love it so much. It's so great for relaxing and focusing on work. One of the best hidden gems out there!

  I love this, it helps me sleep and calms me down in general. Thank you so much :] !!

  I have severe swallowing phobia which prevents me from eating with others. When listening to this on my own, I find the peace to finally eat.

  Been using Japanese Garden and Rain noises for a while during work to help keep me level. It works as both a good way to block outside noise and to calm down.

  I'm so glad I found this website. People are returning to the office and I need something that helps me concentrate. I found this helps.

  My computer stopped working right before a Zoom meeting and left me very stressed. This really helped.

  The pandemic left me extremely mentally ill, even remaining productive inside home. I usually leave this preset for online class and working; helps me focus on good things instead of the bad ones, in the hopes that I can be more thankful of the little things that we hardly pay attention on normal times.

  I used to use this one as background noise for studying, but now I mostly use it to help me wake up! I mute it and use the timer setting so it starts right before my alarm goes off - Really helps to prevent me from falling back asleep. ^_^

  As a patron (seriously become one, it is a simple thanks) I hit Surprise on the presets and this is what nearly came up. Had to tweak a few sliders but this is EXACTLY what I needed to get through my documentaiton task. The sounds of a garden with wind and a grouding tonk of the bamboo will get you through.

  Super nice to have some background nature sounds while working everyday from home during COVID - DG

  Thanks for allowing me to edit the volumes. I left the nicest ones, and shishi-odoshi is amazing!

  This helps me relax and not be as distracted since my mum or dad is always on a Zoom or Webex so it differently helps me. Thank you so much myNoise for helping me.

  I love to use this generator with an emphasis on bird and water sounds for background noise for working, it's calming but the rushing water and squawking birds prevent me from getting sleepy. I've also found that the default settings on low are great for staying calm during aggravating online work meetings, which I've used it for a couple of times now!

  It is a very nice web app! I really enjoy it when I'm trying to relax and turn my mind off at the night. Thanks!

  Thanks for helping me get over my burnout.

  I am using this track when working, and the neighbours' kids are being very loud in the backyard. Love it.

  When i'm having trouble focusing, this is my go-to noise. It helps me have that calm mindset and helps me be productive more!

  So calming! Press the blue heart to calm down wherever or whenever you want!

  Sometimes even music doesn't set the right tone for me but this, *this* is perfect. It's so calming and takes me right away into a lovely mindset.

  Ultra relaxing... It makes me feel calm and peaceful.

  Having severe ADHD makes it hard to focus when there's no background noise. This helps cut through the lack of noise beautifully! And it's so relaxing!

  I like the stream noise but what I love most is the birds singing with the stream. It's just so relaxing.

  C'est parfait ! It's what I need for the end of my working day, when focusing becomes more difficult. I could keep listening to birds and bamboo leaves for hours! Thanks!

  I love Japanese Garden. It just helps me through hard times and panic attacks.

  I love it. When I cannot study with music, these noises totally help me concentrate!

  Time has passed and I've changed, but throughout my college years I've always returned to this custom Japanese Garden setup (I prefer low cicadas and high shishi-odoshi). Thank you to Daniel Mills and myNoise for this elegant page that has guided me through many days of both work and relaxation.

  This noise gotta be my favorite! It is so calming :)

  I literally always use this sound while I sleep, study or basically anything at all! The soothing sounds of the birds and wind chimes soothes and relaxes me sooo much while I do my essays, but not too much because the shishi-odishi helps me stay alert and prevents me from sleeping... I have told all my friends about your amazing website and they too have loved it.

  I have been so very fortunate to spend time in Kyoto and visit temples and gardens. It is a magical land; I wish I could stay forever. I have hundreds of photos to remember it by, but these sounds transport me much more than images ever could. Thank you for this blessing <3

  I leave this noise on in my living room for my cat overnight to help them relax and feel immersed in nature, it also works to relax myself!

  I lived in Japan till I was 15 years old and moved to America! This sound reminds me of when I used to meditate with my grandma in the garden... and BTW the shishi-odishi was my favorite toy to play with when I was younger!

  This was extremely soothing and helped me focus.

  This was very relaxing and helped me focus.

  Just what I needed to focus while being sleepy.

  This sound was so relaxing for me the second it started playing. When slider animation is turned on it feels like I’m in a real Japanese garden! There is just the right sounds to bring peace. The water sounds quiet on it’s own so the shishi odoshi breaks up the silence in a good way and I have always loved the sound of bird chirping so that added some extra calmness.

  Being on the Autism spectrum with Aspergers, the randomness of the chimes and shishi-odoshi are actually annoying in the middle of the night. I like the water sounds for sleeping because that is more like white noise.

  This noise is so wonderful. I'm able to concentrate on what ever I'm doing and get it done well. This noise will be a permanent favorite.

  The trickling water and shish-odoshi sounds are so calming and effectively noise blocking, in combination with the Japanese Heritage and Healing Water sounds.

  I read a book start to finish today, and I had this on throughout. I love everything about this site, I use it every day and I'm so grateful for it. Thank you x

  Amazing experience, I do feel like chilling in a real Japanese garden!

  This my custom setting really feels like my village in Indonesia.

  I listen to myNoise so much since I started working from home. At least my ears can get out of the city, and expericence al kinds of thing. This is the one I return to most often.

  I cannot get enough of this. This is so incredibly calming and makes me so productive. It clears my head so much. Thank you!

  Sitting next to the shishi odoshi. Reading and contemplating my research color vision. So relaxing and warm.

  This is friggin awesome. My preset is eliminating everything that resembles white noise.

  It’s the best noise here! I love the Shishi-Odoshi sound!

  I found it quite nice for focusing on my (literal) headache-inducing history work. And my kitten seems to like it as well considering as I'm working she's falling asleep on my arm, after coming from all the way across the room to investigate the sound!

  Turn down all the continuous noise (wind, cicadas, etc.) and this become wonderfully ambient and relaxing.

  For a relaxing day in the work-from-home office garden.

  Try this with 88 keys... thank me later ; )

  This setting is like you are hidden away inside a forest clearing - near the action, but not in it.

  I find this sound relaxing, but it doesn't put me to sleep while I work. I make the birds and chimes a bit distant so I can still hear them but they aren't distracting.

  Every noise I have listen to on this site I have loved. This one is my favorite because I love birds and water. This makes me block distracting noise out from doing my work and I find it SO calming! Thanks so much!

  This is my first day on this website and I guess today is the beginning of a very long journey with these amazing sounds. Utterly relaxing, makes me zone out and focus my things easily. Thank you.

  This one helps me sleep.

  Chill Anime vibe.

  He just sold me with the Japanese Garden sound. I've used the Brown Rain since this was a beta back in college. Finally got around to donating a bit after all the time Dr. Pigeon has saved me.

  I don't know what it is about the Bamboo Garden setting, but as soon as I heard it I got chills and déjà vu/nostalgia. It has quickly become one of my favorites.

  This is so calming and peaceful. I imagine myself in a hammock, swaying back and forth, looking at the clouds and leaves swaying. There's a slight breeze, on a warm summer day. This is perfect! I LOVE this site! Thanks so much!

  Simple concentration meditation excercise- try to count each shishi-odoshi beat up to 10 and repeat the count without getting distracted by your mind and losing count, or counting above 10 without realizing it - if you do recognize you've been distracted then start over again at 1... Not as easy as it sounds at first!

  So beautiful. This has always calmed me down no matter what situation I am in. Whether I am studying, working, reading, or just chilling, these sounds never fail. Definitely one of my favorites on this site!

  This sound helps me focusing on my studies and makes me happy at the same time. Thank you for being awesome, myNoise! (And special thanks to Barış Özcan who introduce us this amazing website!)

  I love this! It helps me calm down when anxious, and it also helps me with my studies since it makes me able to completely forget the world and only focus on my studies!

  Japanese Garden helps me focus on my work and do better! I use this every day to relax my mind. This is the BEST!

  Japanese Garden everyday at work! It makes my day better and calms me and my clients! This is the BEST yet! THANK YOU!

  I absolutely love this. This makes me so calm and helps me study. This is frankly the best website for custom noises and the sound of Shishi-Odoshi is just beautiful. Tysm to the creators of this. You're all truly wonderful.

  This one is so versatile! You can change the level of the birds and cicadas sounds to listen to the garden in different seasons. The waterfall sounds more like traffic but I don't hate it. This is so beautiful and relaxing. I feel like I'm sitting next to the water, it's early May, it's warm but not hot, spring is slowly transitioning into a humid summer, and the worldly worries are fading away.

  Sounds really similar to my backyard, so I like to listen to it when I get homesick. It helps me remember when I was a kid, reading a book in the early spring. We kept the door open to let in the air, and the wind in the trees almost sounded like the ocean.

  This really helped me calm down and helped me focus on my tests.

  This set-up is awesome for days when my students need to be focused on drawing or planning for their next project. I've noticed a difference in their ability to work more steadily and consistently.

  This one is really relaxing in my class. Sometimes I'll listen to this and lo-fi, or this with quiet speech blocker white rain in the background. Marvelous.

  Relaxing while trapped in a box. Still I feel like sitting in the wild.

  This really helps me tune out distracting background noises when I'm trying to focus on homework.

  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.

  ← Bird's garden

  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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Each slider controls a particular audio stream; adjust sliders to taste and mood. The animation button turns the soundscape into an slowly evolving texture. Use this feature if you intend to listen to the generator over a long period of time!