Friday, January 02, 2015

1990 Here and There; 1991 Tokyo Motor Show; 2014 Here and There

I'm waaaay behind with updating this.  The last time I updated my list of videos was a month and a half ago.  I've been busy with one thing and/or another and just barely had time to  upload videos - there wasn't any time to write about them and put the links in a list.  So - here I am on New Year's Eve, determined to at least get started!  I doubt I'll get this finished before crossing over to 2015, but should be able to wrap it up in a day or two (or three...).
For this batch, I've separated the 1990 and 1991 stuff - putting it at the top of the list.  Most of the 1990 material consists of going about town.  I had the video camera with me as I went around for work, etc., and took scenes as I went.  Getting into 1991, there are views that were taken as video projects, such as spending a day at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show (two hours of views, in two videos) and a fairly detailed look at the old Korakuen Amusement Park (since rebuilt and renamed).
1990 町田一回り Machida Quick Walkabout 901005

This starts off with a look out the front of a first generation Okakyu Romance-Car train that I took to Machida.  I had to go to Machida every week for some contract work, and often splurged on the way there, followed by taking a regular train back to central Tokyo.  Playing it back while I write this, I'm - once again - struck with how important the soundtrack is to conveying the atmosphere of an area at a given point in time....

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 夕方 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 901211

Late evening view of taking a Seibu-Ikebukuro Line train into town.

1990 夕方池袋駅内 Evening Ikebukuro Station 901211

Walking through busy Ikebukuro Station from the east side to the west side.

1990 夜池袋駅西口前と駅内 Evening Nishi-Ikebukuro and Station Interior 901211

Walking around on the west side of Ikebukuro Station in the rain with an umbrella - lights, reflections, street sounds....

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 901211

December 1990 and you were beginning to see automatic ticket gates at some entrances to some of the stations.  At Shinjuku, I think the south exit may have been the first.  In any case, in this video, both the ticket gate I enter in Ikebukuro and the one I exit in Shinjuku are automatic, but still much of (most of?) the system had manual gates.

1990 夜雨の新宿散策散歩 Evening Shinjuku Walkabout in the Rain 901211

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the south exit and walking into Nishi-Shinjuku in the rain at night.  (This was taken with my first video camera, which was hypersensitive to florescent lights, causing the picture to suddenly darken in places.)

1990 Underground Passageway to Shinjuku Station 新宿地下通路 901211

To escape the rain, I went into the underground passageways to continue on to the station without getting the camera wet.

1990 新宿駅-中野駅 中央線 Shinjuku to Nakano - Chuo Line 901211

The first two minutes are of Shinjuku Station.  Different lighting, different trains and some other changed details give Shinjuku a different feel from what it is now....

1990 Midnight Rainy Streets in Nakano 夜中の中野雨道 901211

Very short, but it does show the atmosphere of a street in Nakano away from the busier station area.

1990 中野駅-武蔵境駅 夜中の中央線 Nakano to Musashisakai - Chuo Line 901211

Taking a midnight train in December.  Rustic looking now on the screen, but at the time I just wanted to be home and out of the cold, wet night.

1990 夜中の雨道 Midnight Streets in the Rain 901211

After getting off a midnight train, I walk away from the station in the middle of the night.  Tokyo depends on its residents to provide the vibrancy the megacity is know for, so lonely streets in the middle of the night can be quite desolate.

Incidentally, the population of Tokyo is often vastly undercounted by ignoring the suburbs.  Including them, the population is 37,900,000 (according to Wikipedia on January 1st, 2015: )

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901005

A technical note (about the first minute or so of this video):  This was taken with my first video camera (a CCD-V900) that overreacted to bright light, causing very dark scenes if there was a bright element somewhere in the picture.  There was a manual override, but it was difficult to control and often led to bleached out pictures... which is what happened with parts of this video.  (It's a 10-minute video, so there are many elements to it.)

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910102

1991 池袋駅内の様子 Ikebukuro Station Interior 910102

1991 January Shrine Visit 910103

1991 池袋駅と西武池袋線など Ikebukuro Station and Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 910103

1991 夕方のひばりが丘 Evening Hibarigaoka 910118

1991 池袋とひばりが丘とか Ikebukuro and Hibarigaoka 910213

1991 原宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Harajuku to Hibarigaoka 910220

1991 Harajuku Walkabout 原宿散歩 910220

1991 後楽園遊園地 Korakuen Amusement Park 910223

This 18-minute video of Korakuen Amusement Park is interesting now in a historical way, since the entire amusement park has been rebuilt and renamed.  One interesting element of the old park is how its around-the-park train ride and roller coaster both ran in parallel with a short section of the Marunouchi (subway) Line where it runs on the surface.  Looking at this video now, I'm also struck with how many trees there appear to be.

At the time, I nearly always went to Toshimaen Amusement Park (it was closer to where I lived and had faster attractions), and rarely went to Korakuen, so I may never have visited it in the summer (this was taken in February).  In any case, it makes me feel nostalgic watching this now.  It seems like it was long, long, long ago... which I guess 24 years is.  One generation back basically, although from the feeling in this video, it seems like two or three generations back.

1991年の東京モーターショー 29回 (前半) 幕張メッセ 1991 29th Tokyo Motor Show 1/2 911026

If you want to know what it was like at the 1991 Tokyo Motor show, these two (above and below) videos will give you a good idea of the sights and sounds of the event.  The first one is 42-minutes long and the second 91-minutes, so it's a pretty detailed look at the event.  It starts at Kaihin-Makuhari Station, showing the fairly long walk over to the main exhibition spaces and then ends after I walk back to the station and up to the platform at night.

October 26th, 1991 was a busy day for me with the video camera.  I recorded the trip out to the event (several trains) and then the trip to Hiyoshi after the event (several more trains).  While over two hours of motor show footage may seem excessive, there was a lot to see at the event and I was there for around six hours.

1991年の東京モーターショー 29回 (後半) 幕張メッセ 1991 29th Tokyo Motor Show 2/2 911026

1991 海浜幕張駅-東京駅-渋谷駅-日吉駅 Kaihin-Makuhari to Hiyoshi 911026

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 911025

1991 池袋東口雨の散策散歩 Ikebukuro Rain Stroll on East Side 911025

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-東京駅-海浜幕張駅 Hibarigaoka to Kaihin-Makuhari 911026

1991 山手線 FCビュー 池袋駅-東京駅 FC-View - Ikebukuro to Tokyo 911025

1991 東京中央郵便局 地方記念切手 Special Issue Stamp Crowds 911025

1991 東京駅-新宿駅 中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Chuo Line 911025

1991 新宿西口と東口の散策散歩 Shinjuku West and East Side Walkabout 911025

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 911025

From here, the videos jump up to the year 2014:
Boarding Yamanote Line Somewhere 山手線 141104

夕方秋葉原駅前広場 Akihabara Plaza 141104

新宿駅南口夜の見回る Shinjuku Station South Exit 360-View 141104

新宿夜の思い出横丁 Stroll Through Shinjuku Omoideyokocho 141104

The old style izakaya street - looking a bit like the set from Bladerunner in the rain....

朝早くの中央線 水道橋駅-神田駅 Early Morning Chuo Line 141106

Chuo to Yamanote Transfer at Kanda 朝早くの神田駅の様子 141106

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141106

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141106

バスで駒込からお茶の水まで Bus Ride - Komagome to Ochanomizu 141118

If you like buses, these two videos (above and below) might be of interest.  I don't use buses so much in Tokyo, so tend to enjoy the experience when I do ride in them (city buses that is, I really hate the long-distance highway buses!).

都営バス 御茶ノ水-秋葉原 Toei Bus - Ochanomizu to Akihabara 141118

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-A 自転車 141108

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-B 自転車 141108

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-C 自転車 141108

Hallways and Staircases - Echoes of the Past 141114

Friday Night Yurakucho-SB 金曜日の有楽町SB 141114g

Freight Train Passing Nishi-Kokubunji Station 西国分寺駅 141115

Midnight Escalator 夜中のエスカレーター 141115

大崎イルミネーション End of Year Illumination in Osaki 141106

東京駅八重洲口バスエリア散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side at Night 141107

東京駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Tokyo to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141107g

上野駅-日暮里駅 夜の山手線 Ueno to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141107

夜中の新宿駅ホーム Midnight Shinjuku Station Platform 141107
目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Mejiro to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 141111

池袋駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141111

巣鴨駅-駒込駅 山手線 Sugamo to Komagome - Yamanote Line 141111

西日暮里駅-日暮里駅 山手線 Nishi-Nippori to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141111

Old Stairway 古い階段 141111

日本橋散策散歩 Walking Through Nihonbashi 141111n

浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141113

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141113

東京駅開業100周年の茶色山手線 TS100A-Brown Yamanote Line Train 141114

Twilight Evening Melody in Osaki - Plaza Fountain 141114n

Yurakucho Night - Shinkansen Passing 有楽町夜 新幹線が通る 141114

高田馬場駅ホームの様子 Takadanobaba Station Platform 141118

高田馬場駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141118

秋葉原駅の夜ホームの様子 Akihabara Station Platform - Waiting 141118

Train Shadows on Platform 電車の陰 141119

豊田駅-八王子駅 中央線 Toyoda to Hachioji - Chuo Line-FCV 141119

夕暮れの大崎 Twilight in Osaki 141121

山手線が有楽町駅から出発 Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho 141121

Autumn Yurakucho Night Stroll 秋の有楽町夜散歩 141121

Bicycle Ride Near Tamagawa-Josui Canal 玉川上水近くの自転車ビュー 141123

Looking Over Autumn Rikugien Gardens 秋の六義園の林 141125

雨の銀座晴海通り Ginza Harumi-Dori in the Rain 141125

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote Line 141127
Rooftop Photographers in Marunouchi 夜の丸の内 141128

高田馬場駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141118

ミヤチ.Y.ヒロミ展示会 - 銀座YsARTS-508 - Miyachi Y Hiromi - Ginza Exhibition 141125

Shinjuku Southern-Terrace Illumination Quick View in the Rain 雨と風の新宿サザンテラス 141125

Trains Arriving at Kokubunji Station 国分寺駅の到着電車 141126

Walking Towards Osaki Station at Night 大崎 141128

大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141128

Walking Through Crowded Bus Area - Tokyo Station Yaesu Side 東京駅八重洲側 141121

神田駅 山手線と京浜東北線 Kanda Station - Trains Arriving and Departing 141127

田町駅-品川駅 山手線の左側 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141127

Waiting for the Yamanote Line 山手線を来るまで待っている 141128

品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141128

有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 141128

Marunouchi Night View from Former Central Post Office Roof 丸の内 141128

夜の丸の内 Lights and Towers in Marunouchi 141128

市ヶ谷駅-飯田橋駅 中央線 Ichigaya to Iidabashi - Chuo Line 141030h

神田駅ホームの様子 新幹線が通るとか Kanda Station Platform 141030h

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141030h

Kanda Station Platform Lookaround 神田駅 141031h

Yamanote Line Arriving at Kanda Station 神田駅の山手線 141031h

東京駅-新橋駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141031h

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141031h

Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 田町駅-品川駅-山手線 141031h

中央線 神田駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Kanda Station - FC View 141009h

神田駅で山手線を来るまで待っている Kanda Station - Yamanote Line 141010h

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141010h

秋の六義園 Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-A 141202h

Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-B 秋の六義園 141202h

有楽町SB - Yurakucho-SB 141128g

大崎駅エスカレーター Osaki Escalator to Platform 141120g

上野駅-有楽町駅 快速京浜東北線と山手線 Ueno to Yurakucho - Yamanote と KTL 141125g

電車台風 新幹線 山手線 京浜東北線 東海道線 Tokyo Train Typhoon 141125g

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 左側後ろ向き Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 141127g

夜大崎駅辺りの電車と光風景 Trains Passing in the Night at Osaki 141127g

六義園 秋-1 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-2 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-3 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-4 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-5 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-7 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View 141202

六義園 秋-8 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View - Bridge 141202

Main Street at Night in Komagome 駒込夜の大通り 141202

高田馬場駅 西武新宿線 Waiting for Seibu-Shinjuku Line Train 141202

豊田駅-八王子駅 中央線 国鉄115系電車 JR Series-115 - Toyoda to Hachioji - Chuo Line 141201g

Looking out the window of an old Series-115 JR train... listening to the sounds of this type of train.  The sound of the motors and the various creaks and rattles make me feel nostalgic for when I often rode this type of train on the Tokaido Line in the mid-eighties.  Oh, and the sound of the train's PA system!

高田馬場駅-目白駅-池袋駅-大塚駅 Takadanobaba to Otsuka - Yamanote Line 141206

玉川上水隣の散歩 Walking Along Tamagawa-Josui 141206
夜の神田駅 Kanda Station at Night 141204

A look at newly opened shops within Kanda Station - part of extensive renovation of the station.

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141204

Ginza Line Train Departing Kyobashi Station 銀座線 京橋駅 141205

Illumination at Tokyo Square Garden 141205
東京駅八重洲口前の光 Tokyo Station Front Lights - Yaesu Side 141205n

東京駅-神田駅 山手線 Tokyo to Kanda - Yamanote Line 141205

神田駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Kanda to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141205

秋葉原駅-御徒町駅-上野駅 山手線 Akihabara to Ueno - Yamanote Line 141205

Nishihara Taiji Exhibition 西原大路展 Art Space Rondo アートスペース ロンド 141205

新宿駅南口内部一回り Shinjuku Station Upper Concourse 141216

Shinjuku - Waiting for Late Night Train 夜遅く新宿駅中央線ホーム 141216

夜遅く中央線が遣って来る 新宿駅 Late Night Chuo Line at Shinjuku 141216

Takahashi Mariko Exhibition 高橋まり子展 Jungaro 純画廊 141209n

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141209

神田駅の朝の電車 Morning Trains at Kanda Station 141211

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141211

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141211g

雨の新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho in the Rain 141216g

東京交通会館イルミネーションの一見 Tokyo Kotsu-Kaikan -December Lights 141218n

Walking Towards Ginza 銀座へ向かう 141218

新宿駅埼京線ホームの様子 三列に並んでお待ち下さい Shinjuku Station Saikyo Platform 141225
新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン横須賀線直通 Shinjuku to Osaki - Shonan-Shinjuku Line - Yokosuka Line 141225

立川駅買い物通路 Tachikawa Station Shopping Concourse 141224

立川駅 改札からホームまで Tachikawa Station - Concourse to Platform 141224

立川駅南口 クリスマスイブ Tachikawa South Side - Christmas Eve 141224g

Tachikawa Christmas Eve Shopping 立川駅 クリスマスイブなど 141224

立川駅北口イルミネーションとか Tachikawa - Escalator to Street Level 141224g

立川駅へ向かう クリスマスイブの夜 北口 Christmas Eve Tachikawa - North Side 141224

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“Into the Warmth of a Cold Night”

Arctic chill in the castle
So I venture forth
Into the warmth of a cold night
To buy a Christmas Eve Dinner
Under the strangely warm glare
Of florescent tubes

A stranger's smile
Brings me back to humanity

In a cold park
I have my Christmas Eve dinner
With the dark night
As my convivial companion
I toast distant friends across oceans
With my can of cold beer

Happy Holidays my Friends
Thank you for being there

All I can do...
All we can do
Is our best....

Lyle H Saxon
December 24th, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Looking for a New Movie to Watch...

I haven't been watching new movies for several years now, so I got on-line and watched several previews (trailers).  The result is that I seem to only want to watch some combination of romance and or comedy.  The Bang!-Bang!-Bang!, Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! movies leave me feeling like I've stumbled back into my old high school days or something.  Here are the previews I watched and made a quick note about so I can make a list of things to watch.  The comments (in most cases) are based solely on watching the preview, without having read anything about the movie:

The Color of Time
Man goes back to old hometown and meets complicated current reality and complicated past, etc.  Personal mystery/adventure/discovery - sentimentality?  Seems like it might be interesting...

The Councilor - Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz
Looks like it could be interesting - cool people, bad people, destruction, death.

Palo Alto
Story about High School Life - Teenage pathos/adventure/discovery/danger/etc.  Looks kind of interesting - probably a little uncomfortable to watch (complicated memories of a complicated time...)

Before I Disappear
Druggie guy gets call to go pick up niece.  Unlikely meeting of souls takes places.  Looks like an interesting movie from the trailer....

Suburban Gothic
Comedy Horror movie... No Thanks.  I mean... it looks like it's a funny movie actually, but I really don't like horror movies, not even good ones!

The Lookalike
Dead woman - leading to search for lookalike to carry out some dangerous task.  Hmm... maybe interesting....

Miss Meadows
Sweet woman elementary school teacher is ba*a*s vigilante killer in her free time.  Hmm....

Space Station 76
Science fiction comedy - from trailer looks like retro-60's movie?  I get the feeling I might find it simultaneously amusing and irritating to watch...

The Prince
Bruce Willis action-revenge movie (what else?) in the “Die-Hard” mold it seems.  Maybe good Bang!-Bang! movie to see.  Action, cars banging into each other, chases, people killing each other, etc.  [sigh/laugh]

The Protector 2
Huh... I hadn't heard of the first one.  Looks like a new version of the Jackie Chan series.  At my age, maybe not something I'm all fired up to see.

Reach Me
Self-help book at center of various people's adventures.  Looks like it might be interesting.

Dying of the Light
Nicolas Cage as CIA guy going on revenge trip.  Violence, action, adventure, etc.  In light of the actual deteriorating state of the world - maybe profoundly depressing to watch....  I think I'll pass on this one.

Will Smith in Big Job con job movie.  Hmm..  Might be interesting.  Bang-bang, zoom-zoom, wow-wow....

Furious 7
Cars!-Cars!-Cars! - Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! - So this is the 7th one in the series?  Oookayyy... can't deny it looks entertaining, but at my age I think I'd end up rolling my eyes at lines written for high school students?  Not sure... probably should watch one to see how it plays.

Story of perseverance - and not breaking.  From the trailer, the scenes - in a modern movie - of WW-II POW situations in Asia... I wonder how accurate this trans-Pacific story can be?  So many before it (most) have got it wrong in one way or another.  Understanding another culture is not actually an easy thing to do - add in time and you're nearly guaranteed nine parts fiction for every one part that actually matches (somewhat) what it's supposed to match.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Huh... OK, a 2015 version of the 1986 movie “9½ Weeks” - this time with helicopters, etc.  I remember when watching “9½ Weeks” in 1986, a scene with a CD being pulled automatically into a CD player seemed futuristic.  Time flies...  //  I looked up 9½ Weeks and see the character's name was “Gray”!  Ha-ha!  So is that what the “Grey” in “Fifty Shades of Grey” is?  Just a coincidence you say?  Yeah, okay, sure, whatever....

If I Were You
Two women decide to tell each other how to live their lives.  Comedy, maybe funny....

Looks like a fun comedy movie.  Trailer got me smiling, can't be all bad.  Think I'll check this one out.

City of Angels
Saw this one before.  Good movie.  Romantic... not comedy, but a romantic movie.  Liked it before - think I'd like to see it again.  (It's an old movie, BTW.)

After spending all this time in Japan, I'm reluctant to see Hollywood movies that feature Japan at any point in history, as they tend to get it wrong, but this looks like it might... might be interesting....  The story line (from what I gather from the preview) revolves around a man coming to Japan to acquire material and/or know-how for silk production.  I seem to recall reading about some actual event like that happening historically, although I thought it took place in China, not Japan?  (I need to look that up when I get time.)

The Cobbler
Looks like a fun comedy to see!  Cobbler discovers magic machine in the basement that makes shoes that transform the wearer into the original owner of the shows.... 2015?  It's still 2014!  Guess I'm going to have to wait for this one.

The Longest Week
Romantic comedy about rich playboy that gets cut off from his rich family's money supply.  Looks like it might be entertaining.

Third Person
Oh... now this definitely looks interesting.  Writer overseas getting mixed up in things....  A movie for people beyond the young student stage of life.  (I was about to say it was an “adult movie” when I realized that term has been taken already to represent something entirely different - age-restricted movies for adolescents....).

Well - that's what I have for now.  I like movies, but haven't been watching many of them for some time now.  What I've found in the past, is that actually makes me easy to please in a way (movie-wise)... in spite of what my comments above may indicate!  What I remember from back when I rented a lot of movies, is that if you watch too many movies in too short a time, you get hyper-critical of them and can't just enjoy the story.  Maybe that's why there are so many Bang!-Bang!-Bang!, Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! movies - they aim to give you an adrenaline fix that bypasses thinking.  While you're waiting for the next Bang! or Zoom!, you stop thinking about the idiocy of the story line and lack of any intelligent content in the dialog....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 08, 2014

Train Rider Vampires and Ginza Exhibitions

Transcribed from handwritten text:

2014/12/05 - [Onboard inbound train]

I've often complained about the recorded announcements in trains, but there is one aspect of them that is quite nice (or *can* be nice), and that is a consistent volume level.  I'm reminded of this by the train I'm currently riding in, in which the conductor is reading the announcements live (nice), but has (unfortunately) set the volume level so high that it's actually physically painful to listen to (not so nice).

2014/12/05 - 16:40 - [Inbound Seibu-Shinjuku Line train]

I brought an audio recorder with me today.  As I put it in my pocket, I envisioned getting started on the walk to the station, and then talking on the station platform (while waiting for the train), etc.  It didn't happen.  The problem with dictating things outside, is you need at least a little bit of space between yourself and others, and that hasn't happened... yet.  I'm hoping to do some voice-writing later on.  Writing things by hand, as I am now, is wonderful, etc., but it takes so much time!

Incidentally - as I write - I'm continually having to stop and plug my ears to lower the volume of the announcement to a level that isn't painful.  It's too bad, because otherwise, the live announcement is actually pleasant to listen to.

The middle-aged woman sitting to my left... either she has exceptionally wide hips (possible) or likes being glued to me.  It feels quite unpleasant, so I suppose she's a vampire.  I say that in a joking way, but some people really do seem to suck energy out of the people they're near.  For example - the woman on my right has her elbow in my side, and there's no feeling of damage.  The woman on the left however... is a very different story!

Standing on the platform in Takadanobaba...  Not wide hips.  As I stood up, I checked her left side - lots of room between her and the guy on her left... so I suppose she's vampire.


Transcribed from audio recordings:

2014/12/07 15:40:33

December 6th, 2014 (at Takadanobaba Station)

It's a weird thing when it's crowded - if it's not very crowded and there are only a few people, everybody is self-conscious about what the other people are doing, but when you get past a certain level of people density, you just kind of tune everybody out and view them as physical obstacles - well, not obstacles, but objects to navigate between.  You can't pay attention to any individual for very long.

I'm in Takadanobaba Station now, heading for the exit closest to the BigBox building... a camera is watching me as I go out the gate....

I don't know if this is going to work or not, but one thing about this I just realized, is that I don't need to describe sound effects, because the sounds are in the background automatically.

As I walk out of Takadanobaba Station, I see seasonal illumination out on the pedestrian traffic island, with the usual crowd of students there milling about - many of them probably from Waseda University.

The problem with dictation is that at some point, I have to sit down, listen to this, and type it up, which really sucks.  I'll have to see if I can get a program to put recorded voice into text.  The technology exists of course, but I don't personally have it....

Well, let me play this back and see if it's working OK.

December 6th, 2014 (walking into subway)

And we're rolling again...  I just realized something else nice about recordings.  In this day and age, people are becoming hyper-sensitive to cameras, which is ironic, because basically no one has any privacy any more anyway, since every time they go outside, their every move is being recorded by security cameras.  With a voice recorder though, you can *describe* situations that you couldn't take photos of.

December 6th, 2014 (making transfer at Nihonbashi from Tozai Line to Ginza Line)

I'm in the middle of making a transfer from the Tozai Line to the Ginza Line at Nihonbashi... I've got to get used to the idea that I can be dictating while I'm walking around.  And the sound effects!  I don't know why I didn't think of that before!  Come to think of it... one of the things that has repeatedly surprised me when watching old videos I took, is how the sound is often more important than the pictures for bringing back old memories.  So much is in the sound...

[Back to the present as I transcribe the recording: I then go on to talk about the sounds in the background, but it's kind of pointless to transcribe that when all you can experience right now is this text.  Maybe someday I'll put together a CD with these recording on it.]

In Nihonbashi, by the Tokyo Square Garden Building...

In Kyobashi... standing in front of Gallery.b.Tokyo... the exhibition there now is: Moteki Tamana (茂木たまな展) - let's have a look...

I'm now standing in the gallery and I've received permission to make a recording while I'm standing here.  There are two pictures in particular I'm really interested in - there's one that I told the artist kind of reminded me of the set for Blade Runner.  She didn't seem to agree with that, so I pointed out that actually the scenes in that movie are based on Tokyo... but anyway, apparently the painting that I like is based on one of the back streets in Ueno.

It's pretty cool... it's very realistic in feeling and has kind of a dreamy quality to it with no hard edges... but very realistic in capturing the atmosphere and feeling of those Ueno back streets.

On the other side of the room there's a painting that's kind of a blur of motion - depicting a busy train station.  It's an interesting thing, because when you're in a busy station, anything you look hard at is in focus, but everything is always in motion, and so as a whole, it's kind of a big blur in a way, and you can't spend much time looking at any one thing.  As in real life, the people in the foreground are clearer, but still their faces are not clear enough to identify.  It actually seems like that when you're navigating through a station like Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno, etc.  While you *could* take a hard look at someone walking by you (going the other way), that would take away from instantaneous navigation duties and so usually you don't really see anyone - even the people who are right by you.

So - again - the picture is very realistic in feeling and atmosphere, and dreamy in the details.  A very cool combination of a clear atmosphere and a dreamy effect.

At Tokyo Station... on one of the Yamanote (and Keihin-Tohoku) Line platforms, waiting for a Yamanote Line train.  Hmm... now I've pulled out the audio recorder, the machine is kind of standing between me and the atmosphere, but before I pulled it out....

Anyway - what prompted me to want to comment was the vibrancy of the city, with people rushing around, trains coming and going, constant motion, etc.  This actually ties in with the painting I saw earlier in the evening at Gallery.b.Tokyo - the dreamy quality of the painting is pretty close to the overall effect.  If you stop and focus on something, you can see it, but it's within a constant sea of motion, so there's no one point (in time or location) where you can take everything in.  It's pretty cool actually.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

1990 Ueno, Tamachi, Shinjuku, Etc.; 2014 Ginza, Shinjuku, Etc.

This batch opens with views of 1990 Ueno Ameyokocho - an area that visually *looks* quite similar today, but *feels* a bit different.  The area has become a little more of a tourist destination for foreign tourists, and a little less of a shopping destination for local residents.  Or at least that's how it seems to me - I could be wrong.
After that is a trip to Omiya, trips to Tamachi, Machida, Shinjuku, Machida, etc.  Thinking back on this period of video recording, I think I had separated the use of the two cameras I had into using the one this batch was recorded with for daily around town stuff, and the other (newer and better) camera for video recording expeditions.

1990 上野のアメ横丁 Ueno Ameyokocho 900921

1990 上野駅と上野駅辺り Ueno Station and Station Area 900921

1990 大宮駅の見回り Omiya Station Look-around 900921

1990 大宮散策散歩 Omiya Walkabout 900921

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-田町駅 朝の通勤 Hibarigaoka to Machida Morning Commute 901001

1990 田町駅から仕事まで歩く Walking to Work in Tamachi 901001

1990 忙しくない月曜日 Slow Work Day in Tamachi 901001

1990 夕方田町 Evening Tamachi 901001

1990 Tamachi Rail Ticket Office 901001

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901002

1990 田町駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tamachi to Hibarigaoka 901001

1990 新宿彼方此方 Shinjuku Walkabout 901002

1990 夜西新宿から新宿駅まで散歩 Night Walk to Shinjuku Station 901002

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901002

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901003

1990 Shinjuku Sky Angles 新宿角度空 901003

1990 小田急新宿駅 Odakyu-Shinjuku Station 901003

1990 新宿駅-町田駅 Shinjuku to Machida 901003

1990 町田駅辺り一見 Machida Station Area Quick Look 901003

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901003

The following few views are basically the same category as the previous batch from 24 years ago in 1990.  Comparing how it felt to record video in 1990 with how it feels now in 2014, there was a novelty to it in 1990 and now it's just an ordinary thing....

飯田橋駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 Iidabashi to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 141003

元万世橋駅-神田駅 中央線 Manseibashi to Kanda - Chuo Line 141003

The Sound of Crickets Singing Away at Kanda Station 141003

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line FC-View 141003

大塚駅の山手線 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Otsuka 141004

And back to around town views - again showing Tamachi, Shinjuku, Hibarigaoka, etc.

1990 Tamachi Overcast Morning 朝の田町 901004

1990 Tamachi Late Afternoon 午後の田町 901004

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 901004

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 Tamachi to Shinjuku 901004

1990 夕方新宿駅南口から西新宿へ Evening Walk Into Nishi-Shinjuku 901004

1990 夜の西新宿から新宿駅まで Nishi-Shinjuku to Shinjuku Station 901004

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901004

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901005

1990 新宿駅南口隣のお昼の様子 Noontime View of Shinjuku South Exit Street 901005

1990 Odakyu Shinjuku Station 小田急新宿駅ホームの様子 901005

And then the rest of the views in this batch of video views are all from 2014.  I've been busy this past month+ and so some time has passed since taking them (over a month!).  Ideally, I'd like to comment on these soon after taking them, or at least watch them again before commenting, but I really don't have the time at the moment to do that.

高田馬場駅隣土曜日お昼の様子 Takadanobaba Afternoon Stationside Scene 141004g

有楽町駅-品川駅 雨の山手線 Yurakucho to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140925

Arriving at Ochanomizu on the Chuo Line 中央線 総武線 御茶ノ水駅 140926

Quick 360 on a Tokyo Station Platform 東京駅ホーム360度 140926

田町駅-品川駅 左側の山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140926

中村千代展 Nakamura Chiyo Exhibition - Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 140926

駒込駅隣の360度 Afternoon Komagome Station Area 360 140930

駒込駅の山手線 Waiting for the Yamanote Line at Komagome Station 140930

西日暮里駅-上野駅 山手線の右側 Nishi-Nippori to Ueno - Yamanote Line 140930

御徒町駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Okachimachi to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 140930

Rattling Vertical Signs in Akihabara 秋葉原電気街 140930

Although this was taken back in September(!), I remember this one very clearly.  I was in Akihabara when I noticed an unusual rattling sound and looked up - discovering the source of the sound to be the many metal rollers inside the vertical metal frames for vertical display banners - being pushed back and forth in the metal frames by a fairly strong wind.

They used to have more of these on building sides, but they're much less common now.  Outside billboard-style advertising in general is becoming less and less common, since people are walking around looking down at their cell-phone-computer screens all the time and hardly ever bother to look around when they're outside.

夕暮れの西新宿 元淀橋 Twilight Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll 140930g

新宿工事現場 ホームの様子 Shinjuku Construction Symphony of Noise 141002g

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 141002

Akihabara Plaza 360 秋葉原広場360度 141002

Kawase Kazuyo A 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003

Kawase Kazuyo B 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003

駒込駅 夜ホームの様子 Nighttime Komagome Station Platform 141003

Yamanote Line Train Arriving Behind Platform Wall 山手線 高田馬場駅 141007

Akihabara Side Street 秋葉原横道 141007

Looking Up and Down Late Afternoon Platform at Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅 141007

秋葉原駅で総武線電車が遣って来る Sobu Line Trains at Akihabara 141007

大崎駅の夕暮れ電車など Twilight Trains Passing Osaki Station 141009

Twilight Osaki Residential Towers 夕暮れの大崎 141010

Yurakucho Evening Street 夕方有楽町の道 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (ア) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (イ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (ウ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (エ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

Una Lee Exhibition at Ginza Art Space Rondo ウナ・リー展示会 銀座アートスペース・ロンド 141010

In this view (above), the artist briefly explains a couple of her paintings.

横山光伸展示会 (ア) Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 141010

横山光伸展示会 (イ) Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 141010

Asphalt Desolation 141010

With high-rise towers now being the standard form of new construction in Tokyo, there appears to be a requirement to have a certain amount of green that goes with each tower, so areas with no plant life whatsoever like this desolate late-night view are becoming rare (fortunately!).

有楽町ガード下の居酒屋 Yurakucho Under-Tracks-Izakaya 141010

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010

有楽町ガード下スタンドバー居酒屋ストリートシーン Yurakucho-SB 141010

有楽町駅-東京駅 金曜日の夜十時山手線 10PM Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote 141010

Chuo Line Arriving at Kunitachi Station 国立駅に中央線が遣って来る 141010

Train Race to Shibuya 渋谷駅まで 山手線の隣 141011

渋谷駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン Train Race with Yamanote Line from Shibuya 141011

大崎何とか祭り Walkway Event in Osaki 141011

Halloween Exhibition and Performance Art at Ginza Forest Gallery 141021

Interesting Visitors at Art Space Rondo 銀座アートスペース ロンドの不思議の客様 141021

夕方新宿駅 Evening Shinjuku Station 141021

Welding Light Show in Nighttime Shinjuku 新宿南口 夜の工事現場 141021

新宿東口の夜道散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Night Walkabout 141021

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Riding Past Former Shinagawa Rail Yards in October 2014 (141017)

Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi 東西線 日本橋駅のホーム 141017

西武新宿線の夜高田馬場駅ホーム Seibu-Shinjuku Line Takadanobaba Station 141017

夜の秋虫音 Insect Noises at Night 141017

Narrow Stairs 141021

有楽町駅夕方ホーム Evening Yurakucho Station Platform View 141014

新宿駅夕方ホーム Evening Shinjuku Station Platform View 141014

新宿駅南口前の様子 Shinjuku South Exit Night Sidewalk Scene 141014n

新宿駅南口の夜 Shinjuku Station Night South Side Quick Look-Around 141014n

Shinjuku South Side Pedestrian Overpass Look-Around 新宿南口の夜 141014

Shinjuku Southern Terrace at Night - Installing End-of-Year Lighting 141014

Riding Chuo Line into Kanda Station 中央線 神田駅 141017

Yamanote Line Platforms at Kanda - Early Stage of Platform Wall Construction 141017

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141017

秋葉原駅山手線ホームの様子 Akihabara Station Platform View 141021

神田駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Kanda to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 141021g

Shinkansen Trains Passing Yurakucho 夕方新幹線が有楽町駅を通る 141021g

Boarding Train in Shinjuku 141023

神田駅の電車 Watching Trains at Kanda Station 141024

Keio Line Side Window View 京王線 141025

Hachioji Station Elevated Plaza 八王子駅前広場 141025

Twilight 141025

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 141023

夜の大崎 Nighttime Osaki 141023

Osaki Escalator Ride 大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター 141023g

飯田橋駅-神田駅 中央線各駅と快速 Iidabashi to Kanda - Chuo Line Local and Rapid 141024

有楽町駅-浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141024

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141024

日本橋の夜 Nighttime Nihonbashi 141024

Waiting for a Train at Keio-Takao Station 141025

高尾駅-狭間駅 京王線 Takao to Hazama - Keio Line 141025

北野駅ホームの様子 京王線 Kitano Station Platform View 141025

北野駅-京王八王子駅 京王線 Kitano to Keio-Hachioji - Keio Line 141025

The timing for this video was good and after pulling out of the station at the same time as the train on the other platform (and briefly running in parallel) a JR train comes alongside and then while passing under another JR line, a train is going by overhead while we pass underneath.  All in all, it was  a great ride for seeing other trains.

Twilight Akihabara Streets 夕暮れの秋葉原の道 141028

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141031

西武新宿線の窓情景 Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 141101

Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 西武新宿線の窓情景 左側 141101

池袋駅東口前 雨の日 Ikebukuro Rainy Day Sidewalk on East Side 141101

練馬駅-保谷駅 西武池袋線 Nerima to Hoya - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101

保谷駅-清瀬駅 西武池袋線 Hoya to Kiyose - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101

所沢駅ホームの様子 Tokorozawa Station Platform View 141101

夕方東京駅内 Evening Tokyo Station 141028

東京駅八重洲口夜散策散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side - Night Walkabout 141028

夜の高田馬場駅 Nighttime Takadanobaba Station 141028

西武高田馬場駅 夜ホームの様子 Evening Seibu Takadanobaba Platform View 141028

西武新宿線の夜窓ビュー 高田馬場駅-鷺ノ宮駅 Seibu-Shinjuku Line Night Window View 141028

東村山駅で西武拝島線を乗る Boarding Seibu-Haijima Line at Higashi-Murayama Station 141028

Evening Train Arriving at Osaki 夕方列車が大崎駅に到着 141030

新宿駅中央線ホームからの左右の様子 Shinjuku Chuo Line Platform Left-Right View 141030

Osaki Station Area Night Walkway 大崎駅へ向かう 141031

大崎駅辺り東側夜見回り Osaki Station Area - East Side Look-Around 141031

大崎夜回る情景など Osaki Spinning Night View Etc 141031

大崎駅夜山手線ホーム Osaki Station Night Yamanote Platform 141031

山手線が大崎駅に遣って来る Yamanote Line Arriving at Osaki 141031

有楽町金曜日の夜 駅辺り Yurakucho Friday Night 141031

夜の有楽町スタンドバー辺り Yurakucho-SB - Passing Night Train 141031

有楽町駅の方に走るなど Elevated Keihin-Tohoku Line at Yurakucho Etc 141031

東西線車内移動 早稲田駅-高田馬場駅 Evening Tozai Line Interior 141028g

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Teaching/Learning English

Verbal communication - not the same as written.  Superb writers are often poor speakers; and smooth talkers often can't write properly....

Context - very often missing from general studies of a foreign language.

Logistics - Verbal communication best taught one-to-one - there is only so much a teacher can do when the ratio is 35-1.

Deep-Brain Automatic Responses - Necessary for true communication, but largely missing with students of a radically different language - such as between eastern and western languages.

Vocabulary - Not exchangeable on a word-by-word basis, but this fluid concept takes a lot of time to sink in.

Foundation of Basic Grammar - Important, but difficult to mesh smoothly with the moving and imperfect targets that languages are.

Group Repeat - Logistically useful, but many in a large group fail to get it right or even to participate.

A-B-A-B-A-B Chain Practice - Maximum speaking time for students (outside of pair work that is), but with the drawback that the students are talking with each other and not with a native speaker (who can, however, correct pronunciation and intonation while monitoring the conversation practice as it progresses through a group of students - best not much larger than about 15.  (Around six or seven students is much better of course.)

Teacher and Student One-to-One Practice - Opportunity for students to speak directly with/to a native speaker, but with the drawback that students can only practice half of a conversation at a time.

Reading - Reading stories and other interesting material that is.  Textbooks are often clinical and devoid of the magic of interesting conversations.

Listening - Fairly easily done with modern technology (electronic files played back on cell phones, etc.), but students need to push on even when much of what they're listening to is (at first) flying by with little comprehension.

Pair Practice - Logistically wonderful in that a large group can all be practicing a language simultaneously, but dangerous in that the students don't fully know if what they're doing is accurate in content, pronounced correctly, or with sensible intonation.

Culture - Vitally important, but often missing from textbooks which tend to use Frankenstein text with the context and life stripped from it.

Reset-Return to Pre-Word Thinking - Non-Verbal Pure Thought Utilization of Target Language Vocabulary - Words, at their best, are clumsy tools to express non-verbal thought processes.  Non-comprehension of this vital element of language and communication (not the same thing) leads to losing the meaning and then mechanically using words, resulting in nonsensical usage and sophistry.  Ironically, this is more of an issue for native speakers of English than foreign students of the language....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Passing On the Dim Torch" (Ranting...)

I remember when I was in my mid-twenties (23-26), I would see an older person (40's, 50's, etc.) and think "You're on the way down - now it's my turn...".  Fast forward three decades and I'm (in my fifties) having some very frustrating/irritating encounters with people in their mid-twenties.  Whether they're right or they're wrong, they are always (to themselves) Right by virtue of being Wonderful and Young.  When they're right, I try to recognize it and kind of shake my head at myself, thinking: "Try not to be too rigid...", but when they are Very Clearly Wrong, their arrogance and General Nastiness are no joy to behold.

The older I get, the more amazed I am at how Truly Amazingly Stupid so many people are, and - being a humanoid biped myself, I realize I'm not exempt from this criticism.  Humans appear not to be equipped with much in the way of CPU power....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, September 28, 2014

1990 Kanda, Shinjuku, Machida, Etc.; 2014 Shinjuku, Osaki, Ginza, Etc.

Views of 1990 and 2014.  The 1990 views are basically a 1990 version of taking video here and there while going about the city for other reasons, so there are a lot of central Tokyo views.  The 2014 videos include views of Ueno Park, the large pedestrian overpass at Ueno Station, Ginza, etc.  (The photos this time, by the way, are fairly random - some related to nearby video links and some unrelated.)
1990 日本橋のさびしい雨道 Lonely Rainy Streets in Nihonbashi 900917

1990 神田駅西口通り商店街 夜の神田駅辺り Kanda Station Area at Night 900917

1990 夜の神田駅 改札口からホームまで Nighttime Kanda Station 900917

1990 神田駅-池袋駅 夜の山手線 Kanda to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 900917

1990 池袋駅で山手線-西武池袋線の乗り換え JR-Seibu Ikebukuro Transfer 900917

1990 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka at Night 900917

1990 The Map あの時の使った地図 900919

A look at the map I started the Around Tokyo video project with - marking areas I'd videotaped by highlighting them in yellow.  I'm not sure what became of this map - it's probably sleeping in a box somewhere.
1990 Hibarigaoka - East Side View ひばりが丘東側の風景 900919

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 900919

1990 池袋駅 西武線-JR線の乗り換え Seibu to JR Transfer at Ikebukuro 900919

1990 池袋駅=新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900919

1990 新宿東口散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Walkabout 900919

新宿駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線左側風景 Shinjuku to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 140827

大崎駅-新宿駅 湘南新宿ライン宇都宮線直通快速 Osaki to Shinjuku - SNSLUCK 140906

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki 140828g
新宿駅埼京線ホームから隣の工事現場と通る電車の様子 Shinjuku 140828

御茶ノ水駅-秋葉原駅 総武線 Ochanomizu to Akihabara - Sobu Line 140827

1990 思い出横丁夜の様子 1990 Shinjuku Omideyokocho Walk-through 900918

1990 夜西新宿 駅までの散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walk to Shinjuku Station 900918

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900918

1990 西新宿散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout - Old Wooden Houses and Skyscrapers 900918

夜の国分寺駅隣のタクシー乗り場 Taxis by Kokubunji Station at Night 140909s

夜の中央線が新宿駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140909s

Shinjuku Station South Exit Night Scene 新宿駅の夜南口360度 140909s

上野公園の工事 Construction in Ueno Park 140909s

上野公園の工事 横 Construction in Ueno Park - Side View 140909s
東京都美術館前の様子 Approaching the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art 140909s

上野公園の中 緑と空とパンダのポスト Ueno Park - Green と Sky と Panda Mailbox 140909s

夕方上野公園内の横断歩道の見回り 360-View in Ueno Park 140909s

夕方上野公園から上野駅公園口に向かう Walking Towards Ueno Station from Ueno Park 140909s

上野駅隣夕暮れ見回り Twilight 360-Look Beside Ueno Station 140909s

Twilight Look Down at Ueno Station Platforms Etc 夕暮れの上野駅の上 140909s

上野駅から出発 山手線 Departing Ueno via Yamanote Line 140909s

夕暮れの大崎駅隣 Beside Twilight Osaki Station 140828

秋の音 虫たちの駅隣コンサート Autumn Insect Noises Near Night Platform 140902

Boarding Yamanote Line Train - Somewhere 山手線 140904

夏と秋の虫音 Summer and Autumn Insect Noises Combined 140905g

山手線の車両と車両の間の風音 Wind Noise Between Cars on Yamanote Line 140828

This was taken specifically for the audio track - which caught some of the whistling sound made by air going through the train when accelerating and decelerating - making the noise via a gap between a closed door and the door frame.
Entranceway of Old Building in Ginza 140904

大崎駅 湘南新宿ラインが遣って来る Train Speeding into Station at Osaki 140906g

Evening Rainy View Beside Osaki Station 大崎駅隣の夕方雨の様子 140828

Hallways of Old 1932 Building 1932年のビルの通路 140904g

Seibu Train Arriving at Ogawa 西武線が小川駅に遣って来る 140906

大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Otsuka to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 140902
朝の秋葉原駅ホームの様子 Morning Platform at Akihabara Station 140904

大崎駅近くの大道路 Major Road Near Osaki Station 140904

Conference Room 会議室 140828

Boarding Yamanote Line at Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅で山手線を乗る 140906

夜遅く新宿駅の中央線 Waiting for Late Night Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku 140905n

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 140905

高田馬場駅-目白駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Mejiro - Yamanote Line 140902g

山手線が遣って来る 秋葉原駅 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Akihabara 140904

東京駅-四ッ谷駅 夜の中央線 Tokyo to Yotsuya - Chuo Line Reflections 140902
夜の新宿 思い出横丁辺り Shinjuku Omoideyokocho Area at Night 140902

武蔵小金井駅の夜ホームの様子 Musashikoganei Station Night Platform View 140828

1990 西新宿の古い木造家 Old Wooden Houses in Nishi-Shinjuku 900918

I'm fairly certain that the old wooden houses shown in this 1990 view are now gone and they put up office towers in their stead.

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900919

1990 エスカレーター無しの新宿駅階段 People Climbing Stairs in Shinjuku Rush 900919

Before they installed escalators at (nearly) all the stations in Tokyo, the sight of a wide staircase full of people walking up from the platforms was kind of a remarkable sight - looking somewhat like a flowing river.

1990 町田の喫茶店 Machida Quick View - Coffee Shop and Street 900919

1990 町田のちょっとした見回り Quick 360 Look of Machida 900919

1990 町田駅-新宿駅 小田急ロマンスカー Machida to Shinjuku - Odakyu Romance-Car 900919

At the time, due to the scheduling of the reserved-seat express trains, I tended to go from Shinjuku to Machida via Romance Car train (but not the other way), and it was always the first generation of the train that I rode, so this view stands out for two reasons.  First, I was going in the other direction, from Machida to Shinjuku, and it was a newer type of Romance Car.

1990 新宿駅南口のちょっとした見回り Quick 360 by Shinjuku South Entrance 900919

1990 新宿駅-町田駅 小田急ロマンスカー 学生など Shinjuku to Machida Via Romance-Car 900919

I stumbled into an unusual situation on September 19th, 1990 by arriving at the Romance Car platform just in time for the train, and then unwittingly boarding an extra section of the train that had been added specifically for a large group of traveling students.  Since the two parts of the train were separated by control cabs, it wasn't possible to (internally) go from one half to the other half, so I had to stay with the students all the way to Machida.  At the time, I regretted the mistake, but in retrospect, it was a lucky mistake, as it now provides a rare view of a group of 1990 high school students on a long-distance trip together.
1990 田町駅から歩いて仕事へ向かう Walking to Work from Tamachi Station 900920

1990 Late Evening Train Station Platform 900919

1990 宮原駅のお昼過ぎ Afternoon Miyahara Station 900919

1990 新宿駅-大宮駅-宮原駅 Shinjuku to Omiya to Miyahara 900919

1990 宮原駅夕方ラッシュ Evening Return Rush at Miyahara Station 900919

1990 上野アメ横丁散策 Ueno Ameyokocho Stroll 900921

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900920

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 900920

1990 新宿駅と電車と西新宿への散歩 Shinjuku Station と Trains と Nishi-Shinjuku 900920

1990 新宿駅までの夜散策散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900920

1990 町田駅-上野駅 Machida to Ueno 900921

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900920

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-町田駅 Hibarigaoka to Machida 900921
Very Quick View of Bookstore in Ueno Station 140916

Chuo Line Departing Tachikawa Station 立川駅の中央線が出発 140913

View of the Countryside in Saitama 東武東上線の左側窓風景 140915

Moe (ア) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (イ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (ウ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (オ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140916

Yurakucho Plaza Quick-360 有楽町駅前広場360度 140911

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140912
東武東上線の左側窓風景 Tobu-Tojo Line Window View 140915

Yurakucho Plaza After Rain 雨後有楽町駅へ向かう 140911

Yamanote Line Departing Tokyo Station 東京駅の山手線 140912

Departing Shinbashi Station - Yamanote Line 山手線が新橋駅から出発 140912

Strange Recording in Subway - Anti-Bird Maybe 140912

Another video taken primarily for the audio.  There was a strange sound coming from a speaker in the entrance passageway of a subway station, so I took this to record it.  I imagine it's to stop... pigeons(?) from using the passageway?
高田馬場駅 東西線の出発 Tozai Line Departing Takadanobaba Station 140912

Tozai Line Arriving at Nihonbashi 日本橋駅 東西線が遣って来る 140912

JR特急 反対向きの中央線からの様子 Reserved Seat Express Passing Chuo Line 140913

新型銀座線が末広町駅に到着 New Type Ginza Line Arrives at Suehirocho Station 140916

銀座奥野ビル501号室と廊下 Okuno Building Room-501 and Hallway 140919

歴史的なタイルとビル響く Polished Old Tiles and Cool Echoes in Old Building 140919

I didn't realize it at the time, but I heard soon after taking this view that this building is slated for demolition in the not too distant future.  I was prompted to take out my camera after looking down and being struck with how well maintained and clean the old type tile floor was (not small ceramic tiles, but the larger type, made of some mysterious material).  The tiles have been polished so often over decades (I think) that they have a sort of melted appearance in places where they have worn down.
Arimura Kana Exhibition 有村佳奈展示会 アートスペース羅針盤 Everyday Wonderland 140919

Maruyama Norio 丸山則夫 Photo Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 140919
新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 140918
渋谷駅から新宿方面に向かう 元東急デパートの取り壊し Shibuya Construction 140918

大崎駅-渋谷駅 埼京線の右側 Osaki to Shibuya - Saikyo Line Right Side 140918g

神田駅空ホームの様子 Kanda Station Mostly Empty Platform 140918hd

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線FCビュー Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote FC View 140918hd

大井町線電車が遣って来る Approaching Oimachi Line Train 140926

Dual Trains at Kanda 山手線と京浜東北線同時に南へ 140925
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon