Starting in 2015, Japan Sound Portrait began with Nick Luscombe’s realisation that on his frequent trips to Japan he increasingly found himself recording sounds rather than taking pictures of the inspiring things he was encountering. Visual images of Japan have settled into a fairly fixed representation, but what new ‘picture’ might emerge if one were to start ‘looking’ at the country from the starting point of sound? We are pursuing this idea through a number of different forms, with rewarding and surprising results, eager to share our discoveries as the gaze of the world turns towards Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.