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
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, August 31, 2014

1990 Shinjuku, Machida Etc.; 1992 Nogata Etc.; 1993 Tozai Line Etc.; 2014 Osaki, Ginza Etc. Etc.

There is material from four years in this batch - from 1990, 1992, 1993, and 2014.  Thinking of what to say right now regarding this batch, it all kind of blends together... so I'll just start going over them one-by-one and comment after some of them.  (Which I proceeded to do after writing the above, but ran out of time midway through the list, so nearly all the comments are at the top of this batch of video links.
東京駅暑い八月の山手線ホーム Tokyo Yamanote Platform-360 140805
http://youtu.be/2ZUMsz9ZPpw

An unusually relaxed atmosphere at a Tokyo Station platform on a hot August afternoon.  The period between the lunch rush and the evening rush is probably the most relaxed.

東京駅-新宿駅 夕方中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Evening Chuo Line 140805
http://youtu.be/hLp0Xp3tpy0

I like the beginning of this one - looking back instead of forward as the train departs Tokyo Station.  At the beginning of the twilight period, there's are some glass reflections, etc. as well.  Incidentally, this is the only surface train that runs within the Yamanote Line - all other lines (in this area) are subways - so it's kind of a special section of track.

To be nit-picky, you could say that the local version of the train is a different line, but they run together within the Yamanote Line, save for a slight divergence between Ochanomizu and Akihabara, so....)
Evening Chuo Line Departing Shinjuku 新宿駅の夕方中央線 140805
http://youtu.be/xoXegTqSISQ

Short summer view - with a man busy fanning himself while waiting for a different train than the one exiting the station in the video.

サロンど東京展 2014年8月_サマーアートフェスタ Ginza-One August Exhibition 140805
http://youtu.be/3IHbEZRz7a0

Quick look at a group exhibition in Ginza at the Ginza-One art gallery.

Evening Shinjuku Crosswalk 夕方新宿横断歩道 140805
http://youtu.be/8iWhniedOaY
Nighttime Ogawa Station Platform 夜小川駅ホームの様子 140805
http://youtu.be/HERi8aenydg

A quiet late night platform out in suburbia.  When it's cold, there's an inpatient feeling of wanting the train to come as soon as possible, but when it's warm, you just kind of zone out and wait while daydreaming about something.

Jumping back to 1992...

1992 Tokyo Suburbs 東京住宅街 自転車とか 921010
http://youtu.be/xxxTU6jXUnA

A sunny Saturday look around in a few Tokyo suburbs visited by bicycle.  Nothing exciting, but it shows the mix of houses, apartment buildings, roads, some farmland, a small river, etc.

1992 上野動物園など Ueno Zoo Etc 921010
http://youtu.be/Bx9pU8abkf0

The title just says the zoo, but this also shows the trip from Hibarigaoka to Kanda, and then from Kanda to Ueno.  At about 0:41, the view out the window of the Yamanote Line shows empty land around (I think) Akihabara that used to be rail freight yards and has since been developed.  I think it's where the giant Yodobashi Camera store is now.  With this old material, it's sometimes hard to tell, as there are large gaps between things.  After the Yamanote Line views are views of Ueno Zoo, the monorail there, etc.

After the zoo (from about the 3:32 mark), are views of the small amusement park for children beside the zoo.  It's quite crowded and lively in this 1992 view.  The last time I went there (on a rather hot day) there were hardly any kids there at all.  The ever-lower birthrate really has changed the feel of the city.  You used to see a lot more kids out and about.  Come to think of it - the kids in this view from 22 years ago are some of the very people not having children now....

From around 4:56, I reenter Ueno Station and there are platform views (of the old type painted trains, etc.).

Going off topic a bit here.  I sometimes get complaints in the comment section of my YouTube videos saying that people want to see "uncut" views of things I've posted.  I think what they're not comprehending is that I always carried a camera back then and had a finite supply of (fairly expensive) tape to use.  Also the cameras were expensive, complicated, and forever breaking down.  When they were working and I had plenty of tape, there was the issue of Nickel-Cadmium batteries, whose life rapidly shortened over weeks of use.  They would start at a little over an hour of camera running time, and that would steadily shorten until they only provided five to ten minutes of power between charging.  To have enough power, I carried about six of them, so usually I didn't run out of power (once I had stocked up on enough batteries after running out of power too often in 1990).  Nickel-Cadmium batteries are heavy by the way, I did a number on my knees back then always carrying around that weight.  Anyway....

Wait... there's actually a reason that overshadows all of the stuff I wrote above!  Once material is digitized, it's fairly easy to edit, but back when I took this material, there was only analog!  The original tapes of the old material are not digital.  And when editing from tape to tape in analog, the quality degenerates rapidly.  Add in the wear and tear on the mechanically complicated equipment, and the result is that post production editing was no joke.  So I was trying hard to do in-camera editing.  Now it makes sense to over-record everything and edit it later (although what I post recently are unedited single clips), but back then, there was a strong incentive to have the material ready to view right out of camera - and thus I practiced in-camera editing.

1992 野方一丁目など Nogata Walkabout 921017
http://youtu.be/EEqvz-JLyOk

(After a train and bus ride) views of suburbia closer to the center of Tokyo.  Nogata is next to Nakano.  The look is pretty much the same as suburbia views back then in areas all over Tokyo.  Since then, development is a little more diverse, so there's a little more differentiation between different areas.

1992 夜の高円寺と阿佐ヶ谷など Koenji and Asagaya at Night Etc 921017
http://youtu.be/wlMZ9pZ-a9Q

Depending on when I was recording views and sounds of Tokyo between 1990 and 1993, I tried different things - from leaving the camera on for continuous views, to a series of very short clips.  This almost seven minute video starts off with some fairly detailed views of evening streets near the Chuo Line, but towards the end includes short clips that I've left tacked onto this material, but don't fit into the flow of the first half of the video so well.  But, personally, I don't think that's an issue really - Tokyo provides so much visual and audible stimulation, that images kind of blur together in real life too.  There are some short train views in this as well.

1992 新宿駅-中野駅など Shinjuku to Nakano Etc 921022
http://youtu.be/S4c4IaN2bVA

1992 中野散策散歩 Nakano Walkabout 921022
http://youtu.be/-bSWh3JJpuM

1992 Random Views ランダムな眺め 色々 921022
http://youtu.be/5EvhDkQi72g

This starts in a subway station, jumps to riding in a train, jumps to an evening view, jumps to a nighttime train ride... the camera was obviously just along for the ride and not the object of the trip....

1992 日曜日の池袋散策散歩など Sunday Ikebukuro Walkabout 921025
http://youtu.be/BSiCUfLdogQ

The places I recorded back then basically fell into one of two categories.  Either I just recorded things while I went about my routine (on the way to work, going home, etc.) or I went somewhere specifically to record the sights and sounds of an area.

I had a map back then that I would highlight the areas I had walked around in with my camera, and when I was going out for new pictures, I would aim for an area of Tokyo that I hadn't yet covered.  So, by 1992, I was beginning to cover some off-the-beaten-path areas, and this video of an area of Ikebukuro that I don't normally go to would fall into that category.

The early part of the video shows trains passing, etc., and feels like a photographer out looking for pictures instead of letting them find him, but it gets more interesting as I walked nearer to the station area.

1992 夜道とバスと電車など Night Streets Trains and Buses 921025
http://youtu.be/ys-OYX-cWQA

1992 光が丘 ある日曜日 One Sunday in Hikarigaoka 921101
http://youtu.be/Tdti887Kd-4

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 921108
http://youtu.be/MxssLU1BC8U

1992 バス ひばりが丘-三鷹駅 Bus Ride - Hibarigaoka to Mitaka 920823
http://youtu.be/r1zKdiGmgyc

The type of buses running now have changed, so these old bus views are nostalgic for me.  If you haven't ridden the buses back then, then they probably look about the same as buses everywhere.  The differences are in the details (bus stop recordings, wooden floors, etc.).

1992 三鷹駅-東秋留駅-五日市駅 Mitaka to Higashi-Akiru to Itsukaichi - Chuo Line 920823
http://youtu.be/r6T5E8K7NaI

August 23rd, 1992 - a Sunday.  I set off to see the mountainous areas of Tokyo.  This is a good travel video - with views on the Chuo Line as it rolls away from central Tokyo and the number of passengers decreases as I get closer to the mountains.  Views of the scenery rolling by - views of the relaxed scene inside the half-empty train car with the windows up, and ending with a view of the old Itsukaichi Station.

1992 五日市駅から山へのバス Mountain Bus Ride from Itsukaichi 920823
http://youtu.be/9V1FExNX97Q

1992 山小川 東京西側 Mountain Stream in Western Tokyo 920823
http://youtu.be/LFrz3xZpFwM

1992 Short Mountain Bus Ride 山でバスを乗る 東京西側 920823
http://youtu.be/PJlrIhGMbLQ

1992 山風景 東京西側 Western Tokyo Mountain Scenes 920823
http://youtu.be/yrH1cFMBklg

1992 山中のドライブ 東京西側 Tokyo Mountains Car Ride 920823
http://youtu.be/sEZC7HDiErA

I over-optimistically thought I would walk from one branch of the Chuo Line (the Itsukaichi Line) to another (the Ome Line), but fortunately, a nice family offered me a ride.  If they hadn't, I probably would have ended up spending the night on the mountain - without food or water.  It was a really stupid decision I made, but I was saved from my own stupidity by the kindness of strangers....

Note:  There would be much more to this video, but the driver had music playing most of the time and the record companies would likely attack me if I included those parts, so I've cut them out.

1992 山風景 ドライブ休憩所 Mountain Scenic Spots 920823
http://youtu.be/x_G1hu0OXqU

1992 夜の青梅駅辺り Nighttime Ome Station Area Walkabout 920823
http://youtu.be/Au-6PEJjlJ0

1992 青梅駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Ome to Hibarigaoka - Night Trip 920823
http://youtu.be/q5UeQJRqWbk

1992 夜遅く新宿駅上の通路 Late Night Shinjuku Station Concourse 920823
http://youtu.be/QTsfZbPdx_0

1992 山水車 東京西側 Mountain Waterwheel 920823
http://youtu.be/-pTEajlcnGM

1993 東京彼方此方 東西線など Tokyo Here and There - Tozai Line Etc 930706
http://youtu.be/uWgDaTqzACk

There's a lot in this video, but - watching it again as I type this - part of it was exploring stations on the Tozai Line, and then I spent some time in Iidabashi, and then in Shinjuku, etc. etc.

By 1993, I was beginning to give up on taking video... the analog tapes were difficult to edit with the equipment I had, my cameras were breaking down, and I was spending more time taking regular pictures than video.  So in videos like this one, I would take a little here, and then a little there, but I wasn't attempting to record everything the way I did in 1990 and 1991 (1992 falls in-between those two modes).

All a long way of saying that there are so many places in this video, it's hard to identify them all.  The good thing about my 1993 material is that the camera handling is much smoother than in 1990, for example.

1993 ひばりヶ丘駅-駒込駅 Hibarigaoka to Komagome 930819
http://youtu.be/ohbhi-gtkw0

1993 新しい南北線 駒込駅など New Nanboku Line - Komagome 930819
http://youtu.be/c0RxGSbg45c

1993 Main Road and Traditional Garden 大道路と庭 930819
http://youtu.be/cqYjmLdDN0w

1993 バス内 Bus Interior 930828
http://youtu.be/J6smMmgc7bU

1993 昭和記念公園 Showa Memorial Park 930828
http://youtu.be/NMgBbwfxE1Y

Going from 1993 to 1990.  In this batch of 1990 videos, there are a lot of scenes of Shinjuku - due to the fact I was working there at the time.

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 雨の日 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku One Rainy Day 900828
http://youtu.be/0FBUjTpPQ14
1990 新宿駅辺りなど 雨の日 Rainy Day in Shinjuku 900828
http://youtu.be/QJlLVwn7iLM

1990 夜の新宿 散策散歩 Nighttime Shinjuku Walkabout 900828n
http://youtu.be/qv4r5t9A71E

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900828
http://youtu.be/Q70jxlrdCoE

1990 田町と田無と新宿など Tamachi と Tanashi と Shinjuku Etc 900830
http://youtu.be/vR-522jggsU

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walking to Shinjuku Station at Night 900830
http://youtu.be/L33C8vsO9-s

1990 田町お昼 立ち読みなど Lunchtime Tamachi Bookstore Readers Etc 900903
http://youtu.be/E8qR4lAVCNQ

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Walk to Tamachi Station 900903
http://youtu.be/IKYSDpzTwyk

1990 田町駅-東京駅 山手線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 900903
http://youtu.be/1B1Br9c3Jew

1990 東京駅から日本橋と銀座の散歩 Nihonbashi and Ginza Walkabout - From Tokyo Station 900903
http://youtu.be/C0OzT6f-L-k

1990 三越前駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 乗り換えなど Mitsukoshimae to Hibarigaoka - Transfers Etc 900903
http://youtu.be/kk80XZRKQts

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 900904
http://youtu.be/ExJdPQa24v8
1990 池袋散策散歩 Ikebukuro Walkabout 900904
http://youtu.be/2AFtnolbf5c

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900904
http://youtu.be/pc9fcAp52NM

1990 新宿散策散歩 Shinjuku Walkabout 900904
http://youtu.be/zv27aCxxemc

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walk to Shinjuku Station at Night 900904
http://youtu.be/XN_uZ3tnohk

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜の電車 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka - Night Trains 900904
http://youtu.be/oirXog9a2UU

1990 池袋駅-町田駅 山手線と小田急線 Ikebukuro to Machida - Yamanote and Odakyu Lines 900905
http://youtu.be/9LDfWZ9QxA8

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 900905
http://youtu.be/1X7WgHQOPvE

1990 田町駅辺り朝の様子 仕事に向かう Tamachi Station Area - Walking to Work 900906
http://youtu.be/BjDY1reCPtM

1990 芝四丁目散策散歩 Shiba Walkabout in 4-Chome 900906
http://youtu.be/lMI7PVKe5dY

1990 田町駅まで歩く Walk to Tamachi Station 900906
http://youtu.be/Jdp-1D1wNnk

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinjuku - Yamanote Line 900906
http://youtu.be/Sg11QipMA-w

1990 新宿夕方散策散歩 Shinjuku Evening Walkabout 900906
http://youtu.be/7M8wTz1of-I

1990 新宿の夜 ビヤガーデンなど Nighttime Shinjuku - Beer Garden Etc 900906
http://youtu.be/ESmFQWz02O4

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900906
http://youtu.be/_zOff8dl0eQ

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りと新宿駅辺りなど Hibarigaoka Station and Shinjuku Station 900908
http://youtu.be/kGlluqJEe14

1990 西新宿夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Stroll 900913
http://youtu.be/TBAQSfXjfIc

1990 西新宿夜散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900913
http://youtu.be/aIqBqHwnd5I

1990 Hotel Lobby Etc ホテルロビーなど 900913
http://youtu.be/-oVZ7fS3bfI

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900913
http://youtu.be/UeNRU7HqdJI

1990 朝の通勤ラッシュ 池袋駅-田町駅 Morning Rush - Ikebukuro to Tamachi 900917
http://youtu.be/DqfUjEwh-lY
1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900917
http://youtu.be/QwsvJWTCd8Y

1990 田町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 900917
http://youtu.be/hSKpmUn3jVM

1990 日本橋夕方散歩 Evening Walk Through Nihonbashi Area 900917
http://youtu.be/7LSNES6i4Cg

1990 日本橋駅-三越前駅 銀座線 Nihonbashi to Mitsukoshimae - Ginza Line 900917
http://youtu.be/RqE3EaLZHJc

And back to 2014... I would have take a lot more videos in August 2014, but in the heat, my clothes were soaked with sweat and so I couldn't use my pockets to hold my camera for fear of damaging it with the sweat.  Once the camera was in its case in my backpack, I took it out less than I ordinarily would.  And also... times have changed.  Conditions in the 21st century are that the better and more convenient the equipment gets, the harder it becomes to use it (for non-technical reasons).
夜の下り中央線内 Inside Late Night Outbound Chuo Line 140821n
http://youtu.be/XUmR0PE9Tm4

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン Shinjuku to Osaki - Shonan-Shinjuku Line 140821
http://youtu.be/s4GQEevD7B0
暑い八月の夕方赤坂交差点 Hot Evening Intersection in Akasaka 140820
http://youtu.be/QfAPNA7PLlY

五反田駅で山手線を乗る Boarding Yamanote Line at Gotanda 140807
http://youtu.be/6H4PEXmG78c

Under the Tracks in Yurakucho 線路の下 有楽町 140821
http://youtu.be/zv0BCzpzunU

大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター Osaki Station Platform Escalator 140807
http://youtu.be/CM1UV4kitYY

新宿駅-大崎駅 臨海線 Shinjuku to Osaki Rinkai Line 140814
http://youtu.be/kL1XeCt-pqE
溜池山王駅新型銀座線 New Type Ginza Line Trains at Tameike-Sanno Station 140820
http://youtu.be/MD0WuofUYOg

暑い八月の秋葉原影 Akihabara Hot August Day Shadows 140819
http://youtu.be/qFT-TxQ3qKs

田端駅-上野駅 山手線 Tabata to Ueno - Yamanote Line Train Race 140819
http://youtu.be/dUQyGneRRdE

零時の東京駅内通路 Tokyo Station Midnight Concourse 140808
http://youtu.be/-LmIHJUIRI0

夜中の西国分寺駅 Middle of the Night Nishi-Kokubunji Station 140808
http://youtu.be/vryo22u960g

高田馬場駅 東西線が遣って来る Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba 140809
http://youtu.be/DLBvg6xE8OA

昭和七年ビルの通路 (ア) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809
http://youtu.be/3IffrZT5gqo

昭和七年ビルの通路 (イ) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809
http://youtu.be/UZ2uMp-wWgo

日本橋 地下モール通路に入る Entering Underground Mall in Nihonbashi 140814
http://youtu.be/TUQaTQKRt6Y

Construction Site Grid by Shinjuku Station 新宿駅隣の工事現場 140814
http://youtu.be/L76eMv0W5iQ

新宿駅 臨海線が遣って来る Rinkai Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140814
http://youtu.be/c3Y-WjWlK8U

高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 140819
http://youtu.be/llvXTW5IMGY

有楽町駅近くガードの下 Yurakucho Time Slip Zone View 140814
http://youtu.be/yh2kD-yE8n8

六義園の近く八月の虫コンサート August Sounds Sights Near Rikugien Gardens 140819
http://youtu.be/7aVatD9bZFM

駒込駅-田端駅 山手線 Komagome to Tabata - Yamanote Line 140819
http://youtu.be/Ee0KTKmVi6w

駒込駅 山手線が遣って来る Waiting for Yamanote Line Train at Komagome 140819
http://youtu.be/UUvt85NAygM
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/

Saturday, August 09, 2014

1991 Hyakunincho Walkabout and Danchi Design

I think these apartment buildings have since been torn down and new ones constructed in their place, but I haven't gone to the area to have a look this year (yet).
Danchi apartments in Hyakunincho
Looking towards Shinjuku (above) and Nakano (below).  As you can see, the air wasn't particularly clear.  I think the main source of smog then was probably trucks, as there were a number of older ones still on the roads and without a wind to clear the city, things accumulated in the air.  Even so, it wasn't really noticeable unless you looked off into the distance (these are telephoto views).
Hyakunincho Walkabout
These were in-camera effects I was experimenting with at the time, not something I did after the fact.  The camera could capture two high-contrast images and they could be set in a range of colors and used separately or together.  These images are actually of three components - 1) image capture of TV antennas, 2) image capture of flowers, 3) live image of the overcast sky.  (The purpose of the image capture function was so you could write a title on a piece of paper, capture it, and then overlay it on a video as you took it.)
Hyakunincho Walkabout
Considering the cracks in the concrete on the roof, and the mysterious numbers written on the side of a neighboring building, I think they had assessed the condition of the buildings and (possibly) come to a conclusion about their demolition?
Hyakunincho Walkabout
These days, TV = cable, but it used to nearly all come from the air via antennas.  (VHF on the bottom and UHF on the top, in case you don't already know.)
Rooftops of apartment buildings here used to generally have roof access, but now just about all rooftops are locked off.  Making use of the roof was a good idea I think, but (presumably) worries about people throwing things off have led to them becoming forbidden zones.
Hyakunincho Walkabout
The old design for this type of apartment building was to have stairways in-between the apartments, as shown here, which was good in that all windows (on upper floors) were inaccessible and could be left open without privacy/security worries.  Newer designs have stairs on the end of the building only, and then long walkways with all the apartment doors in a row.  This makes better use of the space the building is on (less space used for stairs), but also means that the front windows are on the walkway, and more difficult to use due to all the foot traffic that passes right by them.
With multiple stairways, the mail boxes for each section were at the base of the stairs.  With the long corridor type, there are either one huge group of mailboxes on the first floor (inside) or half of the building's mail boxes by one stairway and the other half on the other side.
In 1991, when this was taken, generally only the danchi apartments (pubic housing) had this much green.  Land prices in Tokyo being what they were (and are) other types of apartments didn't usually have much (or any) green.  There seems to be some kind of legal requirement now that high-rise buildings include some kind of green in front (and/or around) them, so there's less of a divide than there used to be.
Hyakunincho Walkabout
Hyakunincho Walkabout
Hyakunincho Walkabout
An older area of residential houses.  Tokyo is interesting in that even in central parts of the city, you come across pockets of houses that you would expect to find out in the suburbs.  As the city continues to be developed though (a process that never ends in Tokyo), there are fewer and fewer areas like this in the central areas.
Hyakunincho Walkabout
Hyakunincho Walkabout
The office towers of Shinjuku dimly seen in the hazy distance.
See how rural this looks?  Seeing this picture in isolation, you'd never think it was in a central part of Tokyo.
Hyakunincho Walkabout
As I walked towards Okubo Station, it began to rain, and so the umbrellas came out.
Getting closer to the Yamanote Line, this is more typical scenery for central Tokyo.
Hyakunincho Walkabout
And in this picture, you can see why green is appreciated when you find it - some areas are devoid of it.
I hadn't thought about it at the time, but it looks like the rain cleared the air up a bit.

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