Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1990 The Map あの時の使った地図 900919

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boarding Yamanote Line Train - Somewhere 山手線 140904

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conference Room 会議室 140828

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1990 Late Evening Train Station Platform 900919

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

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

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

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

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

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 900920

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

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

1990 町田駅-上野駅 Machida to Ueno 900921

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strange Recording in Subway - Anti-Bird Maybe 140912

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Nighttime Ogawa Station Platform 夜小川駅ホームの様子 140805

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

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

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

(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

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

1992 中野散策散歩 Nakano Walkabout 921022

1992 Random Views ランダムな眺め 色々 921022

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

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

1992 光が丘 ある日曜日 One Sunday in Hikarigaoka 921101

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 921108

1992 バス ひばりが丘-三鷹駅 Bus Ride - Hibarigaoka to Mitaka 920823

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

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

1992 山小川 東京西側 Mountain Stream in Western Tokyo 920823

1992 Short Mountain Bus Ride 山でバスを乗る 東京西側 920823

1992 山風景 東京西側 Western Tokyo Mountain Scenes 920823

1992 山中のドライブ 東京西側 Tokyo Mountains Car Ride 920823

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

1992 夜の青梅駅辺り Nighttime Ome Station Area Walkabout 920823

1992 青梅駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Ome to Hibarigaoka - Night Trip 920823

1992 夜遅く新宿駅上の通路 Late Night Shinjuku Station Concourse 920823

1992 山水車 東京西側 Mountain Waterwheel 920823

1993 東京彼方此方 東西線など Tokyo Here and There - Tozai Line Etc 930706

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

1993 新しい南北線 駒込駅など New Nanboku Line - Komagome 930819

1993 Main Road and Traditional Garden 大道路と庭 930819

1993 バス内 Bus Interior 930828

1993 昭和記念公園 Showa Memorial Park 930828

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
1990 新宿駅辺りなど 雨の日 Rainy Day in Shinjuku 900828

1990 夜の新宿 散策散歩 Nighttime Shinjuku Walkabout 900828n

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900828

1990 田町と田無と新宿など Tamachi と Tanashi と Shinjuku Etc 900830

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walking to Shinjuku Station at Night 900830

1990 田町お昼 立ち読みなど Lunchtime Tamachi Bookstore Readers Etc 900903

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Walk to Tamachi Station 900903

1990 田町駅-東京駅 山手線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 900903

1990 東京駅から日本橋と銀座の散歩 Nihonbashi and Ginza Walkabout - From Tokyo Station 900903

1990 三越前駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 乗り換えなど Mitsukoshimae to Hibarigaoka - Transfers Etc 900903

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 900904
1990 池袋散策散歩 Ikebukuro Walkabout 900904

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900904

1990 新宿散策散歩 Shinjuku Walkabout 900904

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walk to Shinjuku Station at Night 900904

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜の電車 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka - Night Trains 900904

1990 池袋駅-町田駅 山手線と小田急線 Ikebukuro to Machida - Yamanote and Odakyu Lines 900905

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 900905

1990 田町駅辺り朝の様子 仕事に向かう Tamachi Station Area - Walking to Work 900906

1990 芝四丁目散策散歩 Shiba Walkabout in 4-Chome 900906

1990 田町駅まで歩く Walk to Tamachi Station 900906

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinjuku - Yamanote Line 900906

1990 新宿夕方散策散歩 Shinjuku Evening Walkabout 900906

1990 新宿の夜 ビヤガーデンなど Nighttime Shinjuku - Beer Garden Etc 900906

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900906

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りと新宿駅辺りなど Hibarigaoka Station and Shinjuku Station 900908

1990 西新宿夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Stroll 900913

1990 西新宿夜散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900913

1990 Hotel Lobby Etc ホテルロビーなど 900913

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900913

1990 朝の通勤ラッシュ 池袋駅-田町駅 Morning Rush - Ikebukuro to Tamachi 900917
1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900917

1990 田町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 900917

1990 日本橋夕方散歩 Evening Walk Through Nihonbashi Area 900917

1990 日本橋駅-三越前駅 銀座線 Nihonbashi to Mitsukoshimae - Ginza Line 900917

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

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

五反田駅で山手線を乗る Boarding Yamanote Line at Gotanda 140807

Under the Tracks in Yurakucho 線路の下 有楽町 140821

大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター Osaki Station Platform Escalator 140807

新宿駅-大崎駅 臨海線 Shinjuku to Osaki Rinkai Line 140814
溜池山王駅新型銀座線 New Type Ginza Line Trains at Tameike-Sanno Station 140820

暑い八月の秋葉原影 Akihabara Hot August Day Shadows 140819

田端駅-上野駅 山手線 Tabata to Ueno - Yamanote Line Train Race 140819

零時の東京駅内通路 Tokyo Station Midnight Concourse 140808

夜中の西国分寺駅 Middle of the Night Nishi-Kokubunji Station 140808

高田馬場駅 東西線が遣って来る Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba 140809

昭和七年ビルの通路 (ア) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809

昭和七年ビルの通路 (イ) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809

日本橋 地下モール通路に入る Entering Underground Mall in Nihonbashi 140814

Construction Site Grid by Shinjuku Station 新宿駅隣の工事現場 140814

新宿駅 臨海線が遣って来る Rinkai Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140814

高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 140819

有楽町駅近くガードの下 Yurakucho Time Slip Zone View 140814

六義園の近く八月の虫コンサート August Sounds Sights Near Rikugien Gardens 140819

駒込駅-田端駅 山手線 Komagome to Tabata - Yamanote Line 140819

駒込駅 山手線が遣って来る Waiting for Yamanote Line Train at Komagome 140819
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon