About The Project

The Japan Sound Effects Collection is a series of recordings from the Kansai, Kanto, Tohoku, and Hokkaido regions of Japan. The project was started in September 2013 by field recordist/sound designer Chris Trevino while studying Japanese at the Japan Center For Michigan Universities in Hikone, Shiga. All elements are recorded at 24-bit/96KHz. An additional 3-month recording trip was successfully funded on Kickstarter in March 2015.

In addition to it's commercial value, the collection acts as a sonic time capsule of contemporary Japan. As such, the library will feature a greater depth of metadata about recording technique and location.

Post-production of the material collected during the Kickstarter in March 2015 is on-going. 300-400 hours more of material (including redudant tracks) were recorded during the crowdfunded return trip.

The three libraries in the collection center around:

Trains & Subways

Japan has an impressive rail infrastructure that, between the national and private lines, reaches practically every part of the country. Each region has different kinds of bullet trains, subways and local lines, all in varying states of repair.

This library's focus is: train passbys, station ambiences, interior/exterior start/running/stop and every click, clack and horn that bullet trains, subways, and normal trains make.

Crowds & Urban Ambiences

Some of the largest cities in the world have formed in Japan because over 2/3rds of the country is too mountainous to inhabit. The rise of these megalopoleis means that people, and the sounds they make, are in high supply.

This library's focus is: small to large groups of people in settings as varied as shopping malls, city streets, and cafeterias as well as urban soundscapes.

Nature & Cultural Sounds

Japan, much like every country, has sounds that are inherently native to it which are woven into the cultural fabric, whether it be the peculiar crow cahs (ah-ho, ah-ho), the evening chorus of insects or even sounds as simple as the ones programmed into the microwave.

This library's focus is: Half nature and rural ambiences. Half grab bag.

About Me

Chris Trevino here. Thanks for dropping by!

I am a field recordist & sound designer for linear and interactive media. Born and raised in the seclusion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I grew up surrounded by endless woods and the world's largest freshwater lake. I began this project in Fall of 2013 while I was studying Japanese at a language center in Japan.

Our world, and the sounds in it, changes every day. The extinction of species, abandonment and adoption of technologies, the increased sprawl of human development and loss of truly isolated indigenous groups all mark significant changes in our sonic experience. I capture sounds to archive and share them with the world. With this library, I will preserve a slice of Japan at this moment in time so that I can enable others to experience something that has been so important to me.

During the summers of 2012/13, I trained with Ric Viers, author of the Sound Effects Bible, in the art of field recording at the Detroit Chop Shop. While there, I helped record and edit four commercial sound effects libraries for BlastwaveFX. I also starred in Seasons 3 & 4 of the YouTube series, "Chop Shop Video diaries", which document the creation of BlastwaveFX's "Zombie Apocalypse" and "Superheroes & Villians" sound effects libraries.

I graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in sound design in August 2015, and studied Japanese at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Shiga in 2013-2014.


The Japan SFX Collection was made possible by:

Official Sponsor Backer

Benjamin Dubois, JSIDD

Ben Jaszczak

Steven Green

Stephanie Litz

Mason Pew

Matt Busch

Katie Berry

Kara Bakowski

Todd Enyeart

Jef Aerts

Jonah Mueller

James Dean

Eben Mannes

Jack M

Simon Tooke

Collin Doerr-Newton

Caroline D'Ambrosio

Kaitlynn Hegarty

Reese Wickes

Stephen Schappler

Cera Kolenda

Luca Fusi

Steve "Oz" Pankotai

Andrew Villa

John W Campbell

Joakim Heinonen


Graham Hayes

Pat Kolenda

Claire Allison

Martin Dürr

Dom Stevens

Jade W.

Benjamin McCracken

John Rake

George Vlad

Giacomo Vaccari

Matthew Marteinsson

Bonnie Bogovich

Dan "Skew" Crislip

Ben Minto

Tracy Kite

Jeroen Quint

Jason B Scott

Elena Martin Hidalgo

Justin Weber

Anton Fischlin

Nikhil Raktale

Christian Tovar

Olaf Woldan

Chase Peterson

David Mertl

Laurian Gridinoc

Lyle Barrere

Christian Giraud

Rick Goddard

Randy Bufanda


Sébastien Périer

Annette Perkowski

Lucien McRobbie

Ben Miller

Jay Vana

Luke Thomas

Will Stowell

Gina Marie Testa

Matthew Dziepak

David Flachs

Dwight Bishop

Patrick Ayoob

Laura Bishop

Jacqueline Harms

Michael Middleton

Mark Estdale

Adam Pearce

Michal Fojcik

Dave Schreifels

Robert J. Minger

Bruno Strapko

Brad Dyck


Laura L.

Alexander Verbitskiy

Michael Jarasz

Luke Smiles

Kyle Sheedy

Perle Carneva

Jenn Lewis

Eric Mooney

Kaleb Elwert

Renata Putzig

Eric Greenwald

Jared Kauppila

Kristen Provost

Rodrick M Davis

Thomas Vertongen




Randall Ray


Bryan Thorne

Alex Slepak

Christopher Plummer

Doreena Clark

Erik Steele

Jeremy "Mr Sunshine" Loucks

Chamois Steve

Andrea Chang

Jeff King

An Extra Special Thanks To:

The Japan Center for Michigan Universities

The U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs

Kevin Heras

Ben McKracken

Karen Collins

Jack Menhorn

Carl Boland

Karl Hedburg


We'd Love to Hear From You Questions, comments, suggestions and critiques are all greatly appreciated.

E-mail Chris at: info@japansfx.com