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
http://youtu.be/dFvdzhOOJdc

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
http://youtu.be/PWaLDWcxXQE

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

1990 夕方池袋駅内 Evening Ikebukuro Station 901211
http://youtu.be/XhplNWwf7IQ

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
http://youtu.be/9Ifg3wu9U28

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
http://youtu.be/zIYYYU8S8H0

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
http://youtu.be/cvBN3jC0v68

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
http://youtu.be/9eGFWQIdAWk

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
http://youtu.be/geMAC3F8R9w

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
http://youtu.be/UzzPCsIls-Y

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
http://youtu.be/_n-Gi5xjIpA

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
http://youtu.be/a6ISYB7hYxA

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megacity )

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901005
http://youtu.be/C7gqrM2rW2w

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
http://youtu.be/aGpeb8HpyVk

1991 池袋駅内の様子 Ikebukuro Station Interior 910102
http://youtu.be/34Keb5nXhjY

1991 January Shrine Visit 910103
http://youtu.be/82T13edVFZM

1991 池袋駅と西武池袋線など Ikebukuro Station and Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 910103
http://youtu.be/TbdMBTexQhM

1991 夕方のひばりが丘 Evening Hibarigaoka 910118
http://youtu.be/q_RRb1K-5XQ

1991 池袋とひばりが丘とか Ikebukuro and Hibarigaoka 910213
http://youtu.be/U5gJfG-znbk

1991 原宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Harajuku to Hibarigaoka 910220
http://youtu.be/OL67qMpp-xQ

1991 Harajuku Walkabout 原宿散歩 910220
http://youtu.be/ndbWZ-M6B4Q

1991 後楽園遊園地 Korakuen Amusement Park 910223
http://youtu.be/GMXBjRcSKgg

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
http://youtu.be/1x8TP7O5erQ

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
http://youtu.be/b0BnTUzHIwk

1991 海浜幕張駅-東京駅-渋谷駅-日吉駅 Kaihin-Makuhari to Hiyoshi 911026
http://youtu.be/rcO_zZ0Qg0I

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 911025
http://youtu.be/ou35R3Mr9V0

1991 池袋東口雨の散策散歩 Ikebukuro Rain Stroll on East Side 911025
http://youtu.be/K8xaUwMboUk

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-東京駅-海浜幕張駅 Hibarigaoka to Kaihin-Makuhari 911026
http://youtu.be/C6SxCI8LVmU

1991 山手線 FCビュー 池袋駅-東京駅 FC-View - Ikebukuro to Tokyo 911025
http://youtu.be/yHiedDx2gVU

1991 東京中央郵便局 地方記念切手 Special Issue Stamp Crowds 911025
http://youtu.be/5rk0TcKFt_M

1991 東京駅-新宿駅 中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Chuo Line 911025
http://youtu.be/QVvxQBccaUQ

1991 新宿西口と東口の散策散歩 Shinjuku West and East Side Walkabout 911025
http://youtu.be/M48meMma5lA

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 911025
http://youtu.be/hze3XSiZlpM

From here, the videos jump up to the year 2014:
Boarding Yamanote Line Somewhere 山手線 141104
http://youtu.be/5gzCZwBt4nc

夕方秋葉原駅前広場 Akihabara Plaza 141104
http://youtu.be/41T3ZqeKfos

新宿駅南口夜の見回る Shinjuku Station South Exit 360-View 141104
http://youtu.be/tWkbUUpbNAo

新宿夜の思い出横丁 Stroll Through Shinjuku Omoideyokocho 141104
http://youtu.be/PpdXdt1_FDI

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
http://youtu.be/cfiDruZi7Os

Chuo to Yamanote Transfer at Kanda 朝早くの神田駅の様子 141106
http://youtu.be/UDyTutXUfhU

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141106
http://youtu.be/ZR83d9XuEds

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141106
http://youtu.be/hpo50fcBbE4

バスで駒込からお茶の水まで Bus Ride - Komagome to Ochanomizu 141118
http://youtu.be/if7-3XtnvGk

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
http://youtu.be/x9MwN_1zOCw

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-A 自転車 141108
http://youtu.be/nxw8G12UT-s

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-B 自転車 141108
http://youtu.be/398o6e5UZGs

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-C 自転車 141108
http://youtu.be/nzC_Zrdai2A

Hallways and Staircases - Echoes of the Past 141114
http://youtu.be/BQV3lmCFb8U

Friday Night Yurakucho-SB 金曜日の有楽町SB 141114g
http://youtu.be/Z6eLHwwgza0

Freight Train Passing Nishi-Kokubunji Station 西国分寺駅 141115
http://youtu.be/y0k6f8nd8D4

Midnight Escalator 夜中のエスカレーター 141115
http://youtu.be/P5beX48Gcfk

大崎イルミネーション End of Year Illumination in Osaki 141106
http://youtu.be/ACZ5tHOAbfs

東京駅八重洲口バスエリア散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side at Night 141107
http://youtu.be/wXE9k7Eaynw

東京駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Tokyo to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141107g
http://youtu.be/BgUYzTAJwbw

上野駅-日暮里駅 夜の山手線 Ueno to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141107
http://youtu.be/6j9yRX_VOeg

夜中の新宿駅ホーム Midnight Shinjuku Station Platform 141107
http://youtu.be/tVoA5XD_Kiw
目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Mejiro to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 141111
http://youtu.be/cF2nb7LIX4E

池袋駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141111
http://youtu.be/oPRaMYvkn2U

巣鴨駅-駒込駅 山手線 Sugamo to Komagome - Yamanote Line 141111
http://youtu.be/VqJDnhPofCU

西日暮里駅-日暮里駅 山手線 Nishi-Nippori to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141111
http://youtu.be/z2uGwuHhpLY

Old Stairway 古い階段 141111
http://youtu.be/XfmQXaz_-sA

日本橋散策散歩 Walking Through Nihonbashi 141111n
http://youtu.be/Q9gbzzsJpYs

浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141113
http://youtu.be/PwV-kwITyIM

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141113
http://youtu.be/GzZ30h98AJA

東京駅開業100周年の茶色山手線 TS100A-Brown Yamanote Line Train 141114
http://youtu.be/hcJntFurCBg

Twilight Evening Melody in Osaki - Plaza Fountain 141114n
http://youtu.be/lm-mKXInaI8

Yurakucho Night - Shinkansen Passing 有楽町夜 新幹線が通る 141114
http://youtu.be/yBldKYqiEeQ

高田馬場駅ホームの様子 Takadanobaba Station Platform 141118
http://youtu.be/cOJvYsx9Y0A

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
http://youtu.be/XATTJQF8kac

Train Shadows on Platform 電車の陰 141119
http://youtu.be/CZGNY_J21Lc

豊田駅-八王子駅 中央線 Toyoda to Hachioji - Chuo Line-FCV 141119
http://youtu.be/H4dsrqBvCwQ

夕暮れの大崎 Twilight in Osaki 141121
http://youtu.be/flamUl2Ia6w

山手線が有楽町駅から出発 Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho 141121
http://youtu.be/jbC5SNhbro0

Autumn Yurakucho Night Stroll 秋の有楽町夜散歩 141121
http://youtu.be/LlcrS0z2tJw

Bicycle Ride Near Tamagawa-Josui Canal 玉川上水近くの自転車ビュー 141123
http://youtu.be/fgMNWFeCU-8

Looking Over Autumn Rikugien Gardens 秋の六義園の林 141125
http://youtu.be/nr--U0Q8p24

雨の銀座晴海通り Ginza Harumi-Dori in the Rain 141125
http://youtu.be/LcsjBP4YPio

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote Line 141127
http://youtu.be/qgCNyAIZJ6c
Rooftop Photographers in Marunouchi 夜の丸の内 141128
http://youtu.be/40gc30DX8rg

高田馬場駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141118
http://youtu.be/_h6MUKwTVMk

ミヤチ.Y.ヒロミ展示会 - 銀座YsARTS-508 - Miyachi Y Hiromi - Ginza Exhibition 141125
http://youtu.be/kKQAK0t_OXI

Shinjuku Southern-Terrace Illumination Quick View in the Rain 雨と風の新宿サザンテラス 141125
http://youtu.be/Xz5rK1dxC_8

Trains Arriving at Kokubunji Station 国分寺駅の到着電車 141126
http://youtu.be/kIJR4iPfsWA

Walking Towards Osaki Station at Night 大崎 141128
http://youtu.be/90TwDCy-Hbc

大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141128
http://youtu.be/oeoP5EEQnYo

Walking Through Crowded Bus Area - Tokyo Station Yaesu Side 東京駅八重洲側 141121
http://youtu.be/Zw49AsDDkfo

神田駅 山手線と京浜東北線 Kanda Station - Trains Arriving and Departing 141127
http://youtu.be/m3CjtYi4YFo

田町駅-品川駅 山手線の左側 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141127
http://youtu.be/gbYD9IOI_Lc

Waiting for the Yamanote Line 山手線を来るまで待っている 141128
http://youtu.be/04vp-Rww2HY

品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141128
http://youtu.be/vdjAcogQ6Us

有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 141128
http://youtu.be/DZpaEgcPaPs

Marunouchi Night View from Former Central Post Office Roof 丸の内 141128
http://youtu.be/KKZnRevuexA

夜の丸の内 Lights and Towers in Marunouchi 141128
http://youtu.be/drE-5J-92Fk

市ヶ谷駅-飯田橋駅 中央線 Ichigaya to Iidabashi - Chuo Line 141030h
http://youtu.be/J7QHH335IqQ

神田駅ホームの様子 新幹線が通るとか Kanda Station Platform 141030h
http://youtu.be/-GHJaTrgDqE

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141030h
http://youtu.be/NQVTNkOK0UU

Kanda Station Platform Lookaround 神田駅 141031h
http://youtu.be/m-Hg7DQQ8tM

Yamanote Line Arriving at Kanda Station 神田駅の山手線 141031h
http://youtu.be/Cs_D3CXNp14

東京駅-新橋駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141031h
http://youtu.be/v_2T3h2Lk-o

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141031h
http://youtu.be/CQDj2KU4NvA

Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 田町駅-品川駅-山手線 141031h
http://youtu.be/H3_p1ZSg5jA

中央線 神田駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Kanda Station - FC View 141009h
http://youtu.be/la732ZgfQuU

神田駅で山手線を来るまで待っている Kanda Station - Yamanote Line 141010h
http://youtu.be/YM-O0qW8WlA

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141010h
http://youtu.be/kDh4oYbdXD8

秋の六義園 Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-A 141202h
http://youtu.be/AApbmuwlhgE

Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-B 秋の六義園 141202h
http://youtu.be/cDZkdYSPX04

有楽町SB - Yurakucho-SB 141128g
http://youtu.be/VRGWT3Mvu8w

大崎駅エスカレーター Osaki Escalator to Platform 141120g
http://youtu.be/q7TW5OD3t_Y

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
http://youtu.be/ouXsyfhovYo

電車台風 新幹線 山手線 京浜東北線 東海道線 Tokyo Train Typhoon 141125g
http://youtu.be/v1hKmqBTHUo

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 左側後ろ向き Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 141127g
http://youtu.be/j5axwNp7mGk

夜大崎駅辺りの電車と光風景 Trains Passing in the Night at Osaki 141127g
http://youtu.be/gr_uwHVOgEw

六義園 秋-1 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202
http://youtu.be/hG6oxJzjIl8

六義園 秋-2 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202
http://youtu.be/BLAbUDUbb3w

六義園 秋-3 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202
http://youtu.be/1C-7lIEBvOc

六義園 秋-4 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202
http://youtu.be/Chp2PJ3LyeQ

六義園 秋-5 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202
http://youtu.be/2YRvYQdpcjw

六義園 秋-7 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View 141202
http://youtu.be/IWdBwSVBylI

六義園 秋-8 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View - Bridge 141202
http://youtu.be/wH3HsW5SGrU

Main Street at Night in Komagome 駒込夜の大通り 141202
http://youtu.be/LtRDXVESN_M

高田馬場駅 西武新宿線 Waiting for Seibu-Shinjuku Line Train 141202
http://youtu.be/DzcSi6dIXbM

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
http://youtu.be/By2GqimODDg

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
http://youtu.be/YGOQsNy3zqU

玉川上水隣の散歩 Walking Along Tamagawa-Josui 141206
http://youtu.be/7_J0zADze_w
夜の神田駅 Kanda Station at Night 141204
http://youtu.be/LqCfo-nXh1M

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
http://youtu.be/W2AM0VVUA1g

Ginza Line Train Departing Kyobashi Station 銀座線 京橋駅 141205
http://youtu.be/4LJlC9p1pnY

Illumination at Tokyo Square Garden 141205
http://youtu.be/f5yEBHp8TIE
東京駅八重洲口前の光 Tokyo Station Front Lights - Yaesu Side 141205n
http://youtu.be/QLQvi_qLdkM

東京駅-神田駅 山手線 Tokyo to Kanda - Yamanote Line 141205
http://youtu.be/rXsUXO_rmTg

神田駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Kanda to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141205
http://youtu.be/Eq4H3XoPSJk

秋葉原駅-御徒町駅-上野駅 山手線 Akihabara to Ueno - Yamanote Line 141205
http://youtu.be/9tdk-2OI0ts

Nishihara Taiji Exhibition 西原大路展 Art Space Rondo アートスペース ロンド 141205
http://youtu.be/IIDDl4mDcOI

新宿駅南口内部一回り Shinjuku Station Upper Concourse 141216
http://youtu.be/U6Iwr-TovHQ

Shinjuku - Waiting for Late Night Train 夜遅く新宿駅中央線ホーム 141216
http://youtu.be/oQf2lQeAXMY

夜遅く中央線が遣って来る 新宿駅 Late Night Chuo Line at Shinjuku 141216
http://youtu.be/u57KYUmITS0

Takahashi Mariko Exhibition 高橋まり子展 Jungaro 純画廊 141209n
http://youtu.be/cHHPG018F94

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141209
http://youtu.be/q78hGEnUhWg

神田駅の朝の電車 Morning Trains at Kanda Station 141211
http://youtu.be/vm0Tkmt7E2E

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141211
http://youtu.be/QnYWAlnf1QI

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141211g
http://youtu.be/IRuDRjQx02k

雨の新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho in the Rain 141216g
http://youtu.be/4tDP7vpZj9U

東京交通会館イルミネーションの一見 Tokyo Kotsu-Kaikan -December Lights 141218n
http://youtu.be/VqhgavVm66s

Walking Towards Ginza 銀座へ向かう 141218
http://youtu.be/BKBUoxRn__s

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
http://youtu.be/lXtFnTJNxJA
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
http://youtu.be/UYGVliqLPNw

立川駅買い物通路 Tachikawa Station Shopping Concourse 141224
http://youtu.be/LvPlUlcHMrg

立川駅 改札からホームまで Tachikawa Station - Concourse to Platform 141224
http://youtu.be/afHUgabL9fw

立川駅南口 クリスマスイブ Tachikawa South Side - Christmas Eve 141224g
http://youtu.be/ldKs7WgeayE

Tachikawa Christmas Eve Shopping 立川駅 クリスマスイブなど 141224
http://youtu.be/KXW2fAsZvTY

立川駅北口イルミネーションとか Tachikawa - Escalator to Street Level 141224g
http://youtu.be/5b48SlpltAk

立川駅へ向かう クリスマスイブの夜 北口 Christmas Eve Tachikawa - North Side 141224
http://youtu.be/4xVIYENxsUI

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~LLLtrs/
http://youtube.com/lylehsaxon
http://lylehsaxon.blogspot.jp/
http://lookback1997.blogspot.jp/
http://tokyoht.blogspot.jp/

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.

Focus
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.

Unbroken
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....

Monster-In-Law
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.)

Silk
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
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~LLLtrs/
http://youtube.com/lylehsaxon
http://lylehsaxon.blogspot.jp/
http://lookback1997.blogspot.jp/
http://tokyoht.blogspot.jp/

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.

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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.

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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
http://youtu.be/653zPA8vyao

1990 上野駅と上野駅辺り Ueno Station and Station Area 900921
http://youtu.be/LnjeZsW9cXM

1990 大宮駅の見回り Omiya Station Look-around 900921
http://youtu.be/gmAYlfrvzTs

1990 大宮散策散歩 Omiya Walkabout 900921
http://youtu.be/jzmBKHFzHlM

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-田町駅 朝の通勤 Hibarigaoka to Machida Morning Commute 901001
http://youtu.be/UnASV9YEy1Q

1990 田町駅から仕事まで歩く Walking to Work in Tamachi 901001
http://youtu.be/YtD0k5Zng7k

1990 忙しくない月曜日 Slow Work Day in Tamachi 901001
http://youtu.be/5f5mE-oUKIM

1990 夕方田町 Evening Tamachi 901001
http://youtu.be/CBdGUyzUFOc

1990 Tamachi Rail Ticket Office 901001
http://youtu.be/a6qStdlnZ1I

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901002
http://youtu.be/15mavbFW6fU

1990 田町駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tamachi to Hibarigaoka 901001
http://youtu.be/w1N3mN2KQoo

1990 新宿彼方此方 Shinjuku Walkabout 901002
http://youtu.be/OczutMJTpwA

1990 夜西新宿から新宿駅まで散歩 Night Walk to Shinjuku Station 901002
http://youtu.be/2D1dlBeVfkc

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901002
http://youtu.be/mT29uNgZW1w

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901003
http://youtu.be/DDa0F_UpZzo

1990 Shinjuku Sky Angles 新宿角度空 901003
http://youtu.be/byscTSZAOU0

1990 小田急新宿駅 Odakyu-Shinjuku Station 901003
http://youtu.be/4l0sKgRZ3WU

1990 新宿駅-町田駅 Shinjuku to Machida 901003
http://youtu.be/_s0jLdt9u7A

1990 町田駅辺り一見 Machida Station Area Quick Look 901003
http://youtu.be/3a8ldnHYT-s

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901003
http://youtu.be/3l-kWBZIyfY

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
http://youtu.be/iUhiUDTYF7I

元万世橋駅-神田駅 中央線 Manseibashi to Kanda - Chuo Line 141003
http://youtu.be/ASUMCTtqjTQ

The Sound of Crickets Singing Away at Kanda Station 141003
http://youtu.be/TLijVcFZZek

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line FC-View 141003
http://youtu.be/S664fD-Hpak

大塚駅の山手線 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Otsuka 141004
http://youtu.be/xnPrEZViCe4

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

1990 Tamachi Overcast Morning 朝の田町 901004
http://youtu.be/TTkZtgRMF5E

1990 Tamachi Late Afternoon 午後の田町 901004
http://youtu.be/0dBJ6m8e84o

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 901004
http://youtu.be/U6eYnrBvGXE

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 Tamachi to Shinjuku 901004
http://youtu.be/TdB3-Yzv3Lk

1990 夕方新宿駅南口から西新宿へ Evening Walk Into Nishi-Shinjuku 901004
http://youtu.be/HP6QfSY9Eh4

1990 夜の西新宿から新宿駅まで Nishi-Shinjuku to Shinjuku Station 901004
http://youtu.be/1Z6M6Sfmx6M

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901004
http://youtu.be/QA7RX6A_Fiw

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901005
http://youtu.be/HdYaA3atJ1Y

1990 新宿駅南口隣のお昼の様子 Noontime View of Shinjuku South Exit Street 901005
http://youtu.be/PZaLfsjOyIs

1990 Odakyu Shinjuku Station 小田急新宿駅ホームの様子 901005
http://youtu.be/XNdojDVV5Ow

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
http://youtu.be/-ofN01NDpDI

有楽町駅-品川駅 雨の山手線 Yurakucho to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140925
http://youtu.be/RW3PT_edcJA

Arriving at Ochanomizu on the Chuo Line 中央線 総武線 御茶ノ水駅 140926
http://youtu.be/JApDNyELYFs

Quick 360 on a Tokyo Station Platform 東京駅ホーム360度 140926
http://youtu.be/82_cr53YWZc

田町駅-品川駅 左側の山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140926
http://youtu.be/_DFiupROy7c

中村千代展 Nakamura Chiyo Exhibition - Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 140926
http://youtu.be/W0CMyk3xlow

駒込駅隣の360度 Afternoon Komagome Station Area 360 140930
http://youtu.be/nXs-oA6PGjY

駒込駅の山手線 Waiting for the Yamanote Line at Komagome Station 140930
http://youtu.be/PDyD8yx5aF0

西日暮里駅-上野駅 山手線の右側 Nishi-Nippori to Ueno - Yamanote Line 140930
http://youtu.be/UMBd8qyHE9c

御徒町駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Okachimachi to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 140930
http://youtu.be/cyT4gaOQjDw

Rattling Vertical Signs in Akihabara 秋葉原電気街 140930
http://youtu.be/TSNDNZwDycg

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
http://youtu.be/I_GLjBfuyPQ

新宿工事現場 ホームの様子 Shinjuku Construction Symphony of Noise 141002g
http://youtu.be/6h1yrDayRrw

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
http://youtu.be/nVKMJMbojqM

Akihabara Plaza 360 秋葉原広場360度 141002
http://youtu.be/2CQ3M9WKmJE

Kawase Kazuyo A 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003
http://youtu.be/4zC2eP-h1jU

Kawase Kazuyo B 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003
http://youtu.be/JWAGqRVYGK8

駒込駅 夜ホームの様子 Nighttime Komagome Station Platform 141003
http://youtu.be/dps-d_-aeak

Yamanote Line Train Arriving Behind Platform Wall 山手線 高田馬場駅 141007
http://youtu.be/Re8L7hdMl4k

Akihabara Side Street 秋葉原横道 141007
http://youtu.be/U_RtghL-jqg

Looking Up and Down Late Afternoon Platform at Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅 141007
http://youtu.be/Jn5EGKvoBgE

秋葉原駅で総武線電車が遣って来る Sobu Line Trains at Akihabara 141007
http://youtu.be/PP7cBl8UTF0

大崎駅の夕暮れ電車など Twilight Trains Passing Osaki Station 141009
http://youtu.be/YNKsnfyjO8E

Twilight Osaki Residential Towers 夕暮れの大崎 141010
http://youtu.be/Pg6xzbhk_y0

Yurakucho Evening Street 夕方有楽町の道 141010
http://youtu.be/XAD1wtJ-htA

堀越千秋展示会 (ア) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010
http://youtu.be/P_Ol6YEAUTM

堀越千秋展示会 (イ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010
http://youtu.be/Li8-5iXuDsg

堀越千秋展示会 (ウ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010
http://youtu.be/797K_vXSjWE

堀越千秋展示会 (エ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010
http://youtu.be/dgZWlW1koCY

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
http://youtu.be/AoCqqrHztjI

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
http://youtu.be/EKy53pMccRA

横山光伸展示会 (イ) Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 141010
http://youtu.be/JAmUup1oXdw

Asphalt Desolation 141010
http://youtu.be/JWIVuTqrNQA

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
http://youtu.be/bObExwn98Kg

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010
http://youtu.be/tZnBxabc9ys

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010
http://youtu.be/tZnBxabc9ys

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
http://youtu.be/EfYAHAmedsQ

有楽町駅-東京駅 金曜日の夜十時山手線 10PM Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote 141010
http://youtu.be/_B3UaYlYWY0

Chuo Line Arriving at Kunitachi Station 国立駅に中央線が遣って来る 141010
http://youtu.be/fvq8n0jf8pY

Train Race to Shibuya 渋谷駅まで 山手線の隣 141011
http://youtu.be/LHW-0tsZxqo

渋谷駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン Train Race with Yamanote Line from Shibuya 141011
http://youtu.be/_J-CiYs9yCI

大崎何とか祭り Walkway Event in Osaki 141011
http://youtu.be/ol_EbqhPxxo

Halloween Exhibition and Performance Art at Ginza Forest Gallery 141021
http://youtu.be/-EXB9PyeD5w

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
http://youtu.be/7xaimDKJOCo

夕方新宿駅 Evening Shinjuku Station 141021
http://youtu.be/h1rw6MdBEp8

Welding Light Show in Nighttime Shinjuku 新宿南口 夜の工事現場 141021
http://youtu.be/1h2r_2mrMyU

新宿東口の夜道散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Night Walkabout 141021
http://youtu.be/iKBWykMGCFw

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Riding Past Former Shinagawa Rail Yards in October 2014 (141017)
http://youtu.be/v52IYQ5PFYY

Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi 東西線 日本橋駅のホーム 141017
http://youtu.be/_8GlgSr8gVU

西武新宿線の夜高田馬場駅ホーム Seibu-Shinjuku Line Takadanobaba Station 141017
http://youtu.be/BCh8E2JO0Mw

夜の秋虫音 Insect Noises at Night 141017
http://youtu.be/XpZ9U3U3tik

Narrow Stairs 141021
http://youtu.be/N9NVydSp5WQ

有楽町駅夕方ホーム Evening Yurakucho Station Platform View 141014
http://youtu.be/IcRFpK_RjDM

新宿駅夕方ホーム Evening Shinjuku Station Platform View 141014
http://youtu.be/J2tbd8HDPB4

新宿駅南口前の様子 Shinjuku South Exit Night Sidewalk Scene 141014n
http://youtu.be/VX-VlYDVdlY

新宿駅南口の夜 Shinjuku Station Night South Side Quick Look-Around 141014n
http://youtu.be/tQ5bllggd6Q

Shinjuku South Side Pedestrian Overpass Look-Around 新宿南口の夜 141014
http://youtu.be/NztYOZ_1VGY

Shinjuku Southern Terrace at Night - Installing End-of-Year Lighting 141014
http://youtu.be/ZQpi4PJKiFQ

Riding Chuo Line into Kanda Station 中央線 神田駅 141017
http://youtu.be/CVrWKXamPbA

Yamanote Line Platforms at Kanda - Early Stage of Platform Wall Construction 141017
http://youtu.be/PSGB2ut8-kQ

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141017
http://youtu.be/9GIV3BrII8o

秋葉原駅山手線ホームの様子 Akihabara Station Platform View 141021
http://youtu.be/Q0qNV9UW-lQ

神田駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Kanda to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 141021g
http://youtu.be/L_yAsu10FfY

Shinkansen Trains Passing Yurakucho 夕方新幹線が有楽町駅を通る 141021g
http://youtu.be/WyUWzsolNy8

Boarding Train in Shinjuku 141023
http://youtu.be/fRyF1lkJFP4

神田駅の電車 Watching Trains at Kanda Station 141024
http://youtu.be/DE5ScWMq48Q

Keio Line Side Window View 京王線 141025
http://youtu.be/I1j0-MrtG-0

Hachioji Station Elevated Plaza 八王子駅前広場 141025
http://youtu.be/Z7EH1KUJCr4

Twilight 141025
http://youtu.be/TTPHZbOW0o4

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
http://youtu.be/WrzSZmQUEDA

夜の大崎 Nighttime Osaki 141023
http://youtu.be/Ad5khHx2kUw

Osaki Escalator Ride 大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター 141023g
http://youtu.be/Gl7S9E_cw0k

飯田橋駅-神田駅 中央線各駅と快速 Iidabashi to Kanda - Chuo Line Local and Rapid 141024
http://youtu.be/E6421m0rKHg

有楽町駅-浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141024
http://youtu.be/EeQx14HSX2E

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141024
http://youtu.be/HkfYZrdVGJA

日本橋の夜 Nighttime Nihonbashi 141024
http://youtu.be/DyFknS0kHfU

Waiting for a Train at Keio-Takao Station 141025
http://youtu.be/YKQMpswzZI4

高尾駅-狭間駅 京王線 Takao to Hazama - Keio Line 141025
http://youtu.be/HtJk_J3R6Zc

北野駅ホームの様子 京王線 Kitano Station Platform View 141025
http://youtu.be/a3i8m-i9K3Y

北野駅-京王八王子駅 京王線 Kitano to Keio-Hachioji - Keio Line 141025
http://youtu.be/5aIpOF2n11M

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
http://youtu.be/Ey0K8Ysmbuw

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141031
http://youtu.be/JqdlQkm5iR0

西武新宿線の窓情景 Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 141101
http://youtu.be/2YDWLdWFmIQ

Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 西武新宿線の窓情景 左側 141101
http://youtu.be/XyLqWhdmB60

池袋駅東口前 雨の日 Ikebukuro Rainy Day Sidewalk on East Side 141101
http://youtu.be/eRjZwQGUcuU

練馬駅-保谷駅 西武池袋線 Nerima to Hoya - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101
http://youtu.be/U5BrheWPVRo

保谷駅-清瀬駅 西武池袋線 Hoya to Kiyose - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101
http://youtu.be/Voe-cbV7rXU

所沢駅ホームの様子 Tokorozawa Station Platform View 141101
http://youtu.be/8J6ggrNZjWc

夕方東京駅内 Evening Tokyo Station 141028
http://youtu.be/paQNwULTdTU

東京駅八重洲口夜散策散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side - Night Walkabout 141028
http://youtu.be/mmOZCYBWJZw

夜の高田馬場駅 Nighttime Takadanobaba Station 141028
http://youtu.be/mfq4I5pegns

西武高田馬場駅 夜ホームの様子 Evening Seibu Takadanobaba Platform View 141028
http://youtu.be/c_bYCfZAG0A

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
http://youtu.be/o68eeufGqHk

東村山駅で西武拝島線を乗る Boarding Seibu-Haijima Line at Higashi-Murayama Station 141028
http://youtu.be/K6NcnQpSgqs

Evening Train Arriving at Osaki 夕方列車が大崎駅に到着 141030
http://youtu.be/_N6F8apW0EM

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
http://youtu.be/xnLwVQfiHC0

Osaki Station Area Night Walkway 大崎駅へ向かう 141031
http://youtu.be/CbLv10Dgcns

大崎駅辺り東側夜見回り Osaki Station Area - East Side Look-Around 141031
http://youtu.be/bMdu8efwuFs

大崎夜回る情景など Osaki Spinning Night View Etc 141031
http://youtu.be/KiJtvCrBmDQ

大崎駅夜山手線ホーム Osaki Station Night Yamanote Platform 141031
http://youtu.be/ObSUomowEFY

山手線が大崎駅に遣って来る Yamanote Line Arriving at Osaki 141031
http://youtu.be/n7OHYsm5dMw

有楽町金曜日の夜 駅辺り Yurakucho Friday Night 141031
http://youtu.be/RlL7UmyS614

夜の有楽町スタンドバー辺り Yurakucho-SB - Passing Night Train 141031
http://youtu.be/nKJgVehqn7E

有楽町駅の方に走るなど Elevated Keihin-Tohoku Line at Yurakucho Etc 141031
http://youtu.be/NI2q1_NlnYg

東西線車内移動 早稲田駅-高田馬場駅 Evening Tozai Line Interior 141028g
http://youtu.be/XsftAr6bbQo

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~LLLtrs/
http://youtube.com/lylehsaxon
http://lylehsaxon.blogspot.jp/
http://lookback1997.blogspot.jp/
http://tokyoht.blogspot.jp/

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
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~LLLtrs/
http://youtube.com/lylehsaxon
http://lylehsaxon.blogspot.jp/
http://lookback1997.blogspot.jp/
http://tokyoht.blogspot.jp/

"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
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~LLLtrs/
http://youtube.com/lylehsaxon
http://lylehsaxon.blogspot.jp/
http://lookback1997.blogspot.jp/
http://tokyoht.blogspot.jp/

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 
http://youtu.be/wT4xZHbTCuA

1990 神田駅西口通り商店街 夜の神田駅辺り Kanda Station Area at Night 900917 
http://youtu.be/3YqWwhSQ90E

1990 夜の神田駅 改札口からホームまで Nighttime Kanda Station 900917 
http://youtu.be/QHAlriVDTqg

1990 神田駅-池袋駅 夜の山手線 Kanda to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 900917 
http://youtu.be/3_gw05JNQRI

1990 池袋駅で山手線-西武池袋線の乗り換え JR-Seibu Ikebukuro Transfer 900917 
http://youtu.be/0Ne6ANVVY80

1990 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka at Night 900917 
http://youtu.be/H6OZRx-FUMs

1990 The Map あの時の使った地図 900919 
http://youtu.be/fByMXNdPUmk

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 
http://youtu.be/-3E79PjfqUc

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 900919 
http://youtu.be/UtKUTAyP-_A

1990 池袋駅 西武線-JR線の乗り換え Seibu to JR Transfer at Ikebukuro 900919 
http://youtu.be/DNws5z3WcpU

1990 池袋駅=新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900919 
http://youtu.be/MXkp04BgEww

1990 新宿東口散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Walkabout 900919 
http://youtu.be/Mk5-TtAj108

新宿駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線左側風景 Shinjuku to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 140827 
http://youtu.be/K_RUQZRYr_s

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 
http://youtu.be/7Ue-ZnUd10I

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 
http://youtu.be/tOBYj_eHQMo
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 
http://youtu.be/dc6ZKqAylG8

御茶ノ水駅-秋葉原駅 総武線 Ochanomizu to Akihabara - Sobu Line 140827 
http://youtu.be/w8wYBbjR8pU

1990 思い出横丁夜の様子 1990 Shinjuku Omideyokocho Walk-through 900918 
http://youtu.be/w1rxvfjUqYg

1990 夜西新宿 駅までの散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walk to Shinjuku Station 900918 
http://youtu.be/3b7xMjumrsM

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900918 
http://youtu.be/n_HM0FvY7Ao

1990 西新宿散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout - Old Wooden Houses and Skyscrapers 900918 
http://youtu.be/bIwOGzomitY

夜の国分寺駅隣のタクシー乗り場 Taxis by Kokubunji Station at Night 140909s 
http://youtu.be/Uh8XWWDduzI

夜の中央線が新宿駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140909s 
http://youtu.be/mxuCcACH6FI

Shinjuku Station South Exit Night Scene 新宿駅の夜南口360度 140909s 
http://youtu.be/7nXy7yIppdo

上野公園の工事 Construction in Ueno Park 140909s 
http://youtu.be/o_uEYRF1rsE

上野公園の工事 横 Construction in Ueno Park - Side View 140909s 
http://youtu.be/Uds6_P8tIJA
東京都美術館前の様子 Approaching the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art 140909s 
http://youtu.be/GLLkedprrfU

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 
http://youtu.be/KDd_EogNkqA

夕方上野公園内の横断歩道の見回り 360-View in Ueno Park 140909s 
http://youtu.be/5Cgb5up2w9A

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
http://youtu.be/vBBOyRVqx8s

上野駅隣夕暮れ見回り Twilight 360-Look Beside Ueno Station 140909s 
http://youtu.be/3xCVXwOlWes

Twilight Look Down at Ueno Station Platforms Etc 夕暮れの上野駅の上 140909s 
http://youtu.be/ZMbXW6aYrxc

上野駅から出発 山手線 Departing Ueno via Yamanote Line 140909s 
http://youtu.be/jr7VFcxPfrc

夕暮れの大崎駅隣 Beside Twilight Osaki Station 140828 
http://youtu.be/QPst3ssDf98

秋の音 虫たちの駅隣コンサート Autumn Insect Noises Near Night Platform 140902 
http://youtu.be/45subz4zP-s

Boarding Yamanote Line Train - Somewhere 山手線 140904 
http://youtu.be/NYTcmL-2QXM

夏と秋の虫音 Summer and Autumn Insect Noises Combined 140905g 
http://youtu.be/2Z71N8IjU94

山手線の車両と車両の間の風音 Wind Noise Between Cars on Yamanote Line 140828 
http://youtu.be/VLt9J_pTIlk

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 
http://youtu.be/1nF6jScYUDw

大崎駅 湘南新宿ラインが遣って来る Train Speeding into Station at Osaki 140906g 
http://youtu.be/NLNq8I3Q0Nw

Evening Rainy View Beside Osaki Station 大崎駅隣の夕方雨の様子 140828 
http://youtu.be/qBP-v8ns_QQ

Hallways of Old 1932 Building 1932年のビルの通路 140904g 
http://youtu.be/zJS2yX4lrqQ

Seibu Train Arriving at Ogawa 西武線が小川駅に遣って来る 140906 
http://youtu.be/RK6OTI4uBzs

大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Otsuka to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 140902 
http://youtu.be/QnJEy7u6AXk
朝の秋葉原駅ホームの様子 Morning Platform at Akihabara Station 140904 
http://youtu.be/Pr4dMQ7agx0

大崎駅近くの大道路 Major Road Near Osaki Station 140904 
http://youtu.be/9wuK2uyfWZA

Conference Room 会議室 140828 
http://youtu.be/zMSWRiPkHyA

Boarding Yamanote Line at Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅で山手線を乗る 140906 
http://youtu.be/qqm1eGHhIpI

夜遅く新宿駅の中央線 Waiting for Late Night Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku 140905n 
http://youtu.be/55Wgklfl3M4

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 140905 
http://youtu.be/pNI855ZdSMA

高田馬場駅-目白駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Mejiro - Yamanote Line 140902g 
http://youtu.be/w182TH32bEo

山手線が遣って来る 秋葉原駅 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Akihabara 140904 
http://youtu.be/qYpV-Y35Xws

東京駅-四ッ谷駅 夜の中央線 Tokyo to Yotsuya - Chuo Line Reflections 140902 
http://youtu.be/srG1hRE5zrs
夜の新宿 思い出横丁辺り Shinjuku Omoideyokocho Area at Night 140902 
http://youtu.be/L5RB3drx218

武蔵小金井駅の夜ホームの様子 Musashikoganei Station Night Platform View 140828 
http://youtu.be/w_ESbjI1nJI

1990 西新宿の古い木造家 Old Wooden Houses in Nishi-Shinjuku 900918 
http://youtu.be/k_s8KO_wdxY

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 
http://youtu.be/7ECknXPbO9g

1990 エスカレーター無しの新宿駅階段 People Climbing Stairs in Shinjuku Rush 900919 
http://youtu.be/lKHWWe9f0qQ

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 
http://youtu.be/2FoyEHaw3lM

1990 町田のちょっとした見回り Quick 360 Look of Machida 900919 
http://youtu.be/EBI5Qip9q-g

1990 町田駅-新宿駅 小田急ロマンスカー Machida to Shinjuku - Odakyu Romance-Car 900919 
http://youtu.be/99P8wqL9iN4

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 
http://youtu.be/mHLJvdDGxO8

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
http://youtu.be/NZW-NzkQXPA

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 
http://youtu.be/rh-XG3H_EyY

1990 Late Evening Train Station Platform 900919 
http://youtu.be/5xk2fJ4aIZo

1990 宮原駅のお昼過ぎ Afternoon Miyahara Station 900919 
http://youtu.be/6VHJGjTQkaE

1990 新宿駅-大宮駅-宮原駅 Shinjuku to Omiya to Miyahara 900919 
http://youtu.be/6ixFFkgABdE

1990 宮原駅夕方ラッシュ Evening Return Rush at Miyahara Station 900919 
http://youtu.be/d1-kKrH7XzM

1990 上野アメ横丁散策 Ueno Ameyokocho Stroll 900921 
http://youtu.be/hymo2Zn9hJA

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900920 
http://youtu.be/y9gNO51frlE

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 900920 
http://youtu.be/T_2JWyiyczE

1990 新宿駅と電車と西新宿への散歩 Shinjuku Station と Trains と Nishi-Shinjuku 900920 
http://youtu.be/eqC6578vhQY

1990 新宿駅までの夜散策散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900920 
http://youtu.be/GpU-DTzDXiM

1990 町田駅-上野駅 Machida to Ueno 900921 
http://youtu.be/kiQkaR6cn_g

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900920 
http://youtu.be/jd0Jc14VQso

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-町田駅 Hibarigaoka to Machida 900921 
http://youtu.be/pEgOR7boHK4
Very Quick View of Bookstore in Ueno Station 140916 
http://youtu.be/A55n5YsjkwY

Chuo Line Departing Tachikawa Station 立川駅の中央線が出発 140913 
http://youtu.be/nvZCCKBRYYo

View of the Countryside in Saitama 東武東上線の左側窓風景 140915 
http://youtu.be/oEQuhkgAVLQ

Moe (ア) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912 
http://youtu.be/k8xiwEfaJJE

Moe (イ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912 
http://youtu.be/ZXbbwrCRxfQ

Moe (ウ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912 
http://youtu.be/PyV-FoRtwK0

Moe (オ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140916 
http://youtu.be/NTeemBnnoTM

Yurakucho Plaza Quick-360 有楽町駅前広場360度 140911 
http://youtu.be/60TOTJsFoFs

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140912 
http://youtu.be/qcIzaJAm0iM
東武東上線の左側窓風景 Tobu-Tojo Line Window View 140915 
http://youtu.be/26Bn5we-So0

Yurakucho Plaza After Rain 雨後有楽町駅へ向かう 140911 
http://youtu.be/W_BdoLsVIPs

Yamanote Line Departing Tokyo Station 東京駅の山手線 140912 
http://youtu.be/kLsyGmMS99s

Departing Shinbashi Station - Yamanote Line 山手線が新橋駅から出発 140912 
http://youtu.be/h97frpEc9FU

Strange Recording in Subway - Anti-Bird Maybe 140912 
http://youtu.be/4U9gKXqEpME

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 
http://youtu.be/a9bmbfZ3Znw

Tozai Line Arriving at Nihonbashi 日本橋駅 東西線が遣って来る 140912 
http://youtu.be/-HJT2hiYMgE

JR特急 反対向きの中央線からの様子 Reserved Seat Express Passing Chuo Line 140913 
http://youtu.be/dSl3RKIaNK4

新型銀座線が末広町駅に到着 New Type Ginza Line Arrives at Suehirocho Station 140916 
http://youtu.be/5naGXKzY690

銀座奥野ビル501号室と廊下 Okuno Building Room-501 and Hallway 140919 
http://youtu.be/QfbmLK_jHcA

歴史的なタイルとビル響く Polished Old Tiles and Cool Echoes in Old Building 140919 
http://youtu.be/wkCmyVXUubk

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 
http://youtu.be/BAJz-pDrbLE

Maruyama Norio 丸山則夫 Photo Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 140919 
http://youtu.be/E9-58stvtHU
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 
http://youtu.be/H_77Lik0A1A
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 
http://youtu.be/8B4rFVBl-v4

大崎駅-渋谷駅 埼京線の右側 Osaki to Shibuya - Saikyo Line Right Side 140918g 
http://youtu.be/p4r2xrDG5LA

神田駅空ホームの様子 Kanda Station Mostly Empty Platform 140918hd 
http://youtu.be/weRBFpyp6ks

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線FCビュー Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote FC View 140918hd 
http://youtu.be/fg0yHHMJpWE

大井町線電車が遣って来る Approaching Oimachi Line Train 140926 
http://youtu.be/f15Jgvvn5Nk

Dual Trains at Kanda 山手線と京浜東北線同時に南へ 140925 
http://youtu.be/JUY_Bg-CsPo
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