In this morning’s Radio 4 Tweet of the Day Liz Bonnin presented the red-crowned crane of Japan, Russia and China. Although it is today an endangered species, its cultural significance is centuries old. Click the button to listen to the original Tweet.
Cranes are revered for their elegance and dancing displays, and attract thousands of tourists to the crane sanctuary on Hokkaido, Japan.
In Japan the Ministry of Environment has designated the 100 Soundscapes of Japan, in an attempt to counter the growing menace of noise pollution. 738 suggestions were gathered from all over the country and 100 were selected by the Japan Soundscape Study Group as symbols for local people and to promote the rediscovery of the sounds of everyday life. The red-crowned crane sanctuary at Tsurui, Hokkaido, is one of thirteen that feature birds. Others include eleven that feature bells, eight insect soundscapes, and numerous human ones such as festivals and industry.
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