Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Continuity & Context - Foreign Language Learning

Preamble: I was talking with an acquaintance about language learning and in writing a general response to them about the topic, it just occurred to me that it would be good to have the text I wrote about this subject in a blog post - so next time I can just send someone the link! :)  Here it is:

Dear [foreign language student],
   I've been meaning to write in more detail, but have been busy with things, and then got distracted....
   Basically I thought I should say something about continuity and context.  The problem with language education in general is that it is generally not designed for the students, due to logistical reasons.
   In school, there is one teacher and 35 or so students, so the material and tests need to be designed in way that the lone teacher (with all those students) can - logistically - handle lesson presentation and student grading.  Since it's a logistical problem, it's not really the teacher's fault, but it's most unfortunate for the poor students who study from defective material and are given irrelevant tests!
   Fast forward a little to adults working at companies.  Again we run into logistical problems!  The companies need to assess who has what skills, and - as tends to be the case at school - the methods of ascertaining skill levels are made for logistical reasons that are counterproductive to actual comprehension and ability to use a language.  In short - they are designed for the companies, not for the individuals.
   Language is only partly a science; it is at least as much an art, and like learning to play a musical instrument or dancing in a beautiful way, you have to learn through doing.....
   The next thing I need to say here is a conclusion!  Basically it's this: You get better at a language by using it.  And as a specific criticism of the adult testing system, it tends to be a lot of bits and pieces thrown at students with no context or continuity.  Probably no one on planet earth could score 100% on those (often deeply flawed) tests.
   So... how are you these days anyway? :)
- LHS

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

"Intensive Image Recording in 1990-93 - Why?"

I was recently asked to respond to a few questions regarding my image-recording in the early 1990's, with my response to be in a Japanese language on-line article.  Since my English will be translated (I can write in Japanese, but badly and with bad grammar), I think it's essential to have the original English posted in case there are any issues that arise from the Japanese version.  Regardless of the vastly overused term "direct translation", most things translated between radically different languages (and English and Japanese are radically different) cannot be translated directly, so there is always a shift.  Anyway - here goes.
The first multi-part question (about what I am, what planet I'm from, etc.) is one I'm often asked and always somewhat at a loss to answer.  If you introduce someone who designs computer hardware for example, you can simply say "Steve, let me introduce you to Bill.  Bill is a computer hardware engineer over at Intel".  In my case, it's a little more complicated.  I spent a lot of time studying photography, and I consider myself to be a photographer, but since professions are (generally) defined by how someone gets hard cold cash in hand, and since I've never earned a living from photography (other than some small sums earned for freelance photography jobs), I can't (popularly) be introduced as a photographer.  This used to bother me, but I've since come to regard it as a badge of honor almost.  I look at the people who are called "professional photographers" and often they're just technicians with expensive equipment and access to salable subjects to aim their cameras at.  Many are not very artistic....  Artistic photographers quite often can't make a living at their craft, since the world (generally) doesn't respect art.
In any case, while I initially wanted to make a living with/from photography, it quickly became apparent that that wasn't likely to happen, and in describing the photos I took in text, the value of writing became increasingly apparent.  So can I be introduced as a Photojournalist?  It's a better fit than Photographer, but not the complete picture.  There's also technical writing and whatnot.  Maybe I should just call myself a "21st Century Scrambler" as in scrambling to make a living and continue my craft (of image recording and writing).
The next question I was asked is, what do I consider to be the most substantial changes to Japan since the 1990's.  Now this one is rather difficult to answer.  I think the best answer I can give at the moment (I'll continue to think about this one, and probably start to think of a slew of things to say) is to relate a two-part experience I had.
The first part is what you can see and hear (and possibly feel somewhat) through the 1990-93 videos of Tokyo that I took and have posted to YouTube, specifically the scenes of Shibuya.  I was in Shibuya every week back then and got quite used to the atmosphere of the area and the set of feelings you would get while walking down the street.  Less the visual element than the feeling in the air - a kind of collective resonance of the thoughts and feelings of everyone around me.
Second part:  I ended up spending my time mostly in other areas of the city and didn't spend time among the street crowds in Shibuya for many years.  And then in... about... 2007 maybe?  I'm not sure of the year, but the evening is very sharp in my memory.  I went to Shibuya to re-experience the old feeling of walking in the crowds - as shown somewhat in this 1991 video:

1991 - Shibuya Evening Walkabout 渋谷夕方散策散歩 (911123)
https://youtu.be/FqG2l7D2L1M

I started walking down one of the streets... joining the crowds... looking around and seeing the same age group of young people around me and expecting to tune into the vibes from the area, as I so often did in the past, but....  It didn't happen.  Something was wrong... well... not wrong exactly, but very clearly different.  I looked around, trying to figure it out: "What is it?  What is so different?  Mainly the same scenery... a few new stores, buildings, and whatnot, but pretty much the same scenery, the same young people... the same... wait....." and then something came into conscious thought.
It was one of those things that is so basic, fundamental, and just plain obvious, that it remains elusive to conscious thought, since the brain allocates no resources to things that are overly obvious.  Probably you're ahead of me on this - but here it is anyway.  The reason the thought-vibes were different was because; while the people around me were of the same age group I used to walk among, they were a completely different set of people!  The young people I used to walk the streets of Shibuya with were now middle-aged - at home with their kids or working late as part of middle-management or whatever.  The people around me were different people.   So obvious, so simple, and so overlooked!  How can you be surprised that the world changes into something different when a different set of people take to the surface of the earth under their own power?
The last question has often seemed kind of a mystery to me as well, but the more I think about it, the simpler it appears.  The question is why did I take so many pictures back then?  Everybody does now, but it wasn't a popular thing to do back then.  Reread that last sentence and you have the answer.  I had a 30fps image and sound recording machine in my hands - I looked around and saw that Tokyo was rapidly changing, and everyone seemed to be only interested in New!-New!-New! and so I felt quite driven to record things that were clearly not going to be around very much longer.  Now when I'm at some event and everybody - every man, woman, grandmother, grandfather, child, and space alien has their cameras (via micro-computers) in hand recording things, I usually just leave my camera in my pocket.  What's the point?  The event/time is being vastly over-recorded already.  There's no need for me to add to it.  I looked ahead - back in 1991 - and felt there was a genuine need to record the world I lived in before it was irrevocably changed - as it indeed came to be.
Well - there it is.  Now I'm nervous about the translation.  Anything translated is going to be shifted.  Will my intent be faithfully formed into Japanese?  I wonder, but I don't have the time right now to attempt to write the above in Japanese.  (To the translator: If my meaning is unclear in places, feel free to contact me with questions so I can clarify things.)
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/

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Five Months' Worth... Oops... (1991, 1993, & 2015)

I knew I had a backlog of video links to videos I've taken/uploaded, but when I looked at the dates and realized they went all the way back to August, I thought, "Wait... this goes all the way back to August?!!  Seriously?!?!! - Yikes!!"  I've been busy, but five months is really too long!  Once a month wouldn't be too bad....  Just now, I almost postponed doing this again.  I considered doing this, or posting some more videos and I almost put this off again in favor of working on new things to post.
Anyway, here we go.  There is no way I can possibly comment on all these in detail.  I'll look over the titles as I get the blog post ready and (possibly) comment here and there on some random things.  But the titles of the videos are fairly descriptive, so not much really needs to be said....

Note about photographs on this page: Some of the photos I'm posting on this page tie in closely with the videos, but others are put as a parallel view -also of Tokyo, but taken on different days and of different places (within Tokyo).

新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho 150818
https://youtu.be/t__zT4UibuQ

夜の中央線 Nighttime Chuo Line 150811
https://youtu.be/4C_d8tNubeY

東京駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 Tokyo to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 150811
https://youtu.be/0g8AqLTL2Vo

高尾山 夕方の虫音 Insect Sounds at Mt Takao 150831n
https://youtu.be/x2cLfVRRY3k

夕暮れ高尾山ケーブルカーのケーブルとモーターの音 Cable Car Motor Sounds 150831
https://youtu.be/1_Bi8q1O0gs

高尾山ケーブルカー 清滝駅-高尾山駅 Takao Cable Car - Kiyotaki to Takaozan 150831
https://youtu.be/Nh1v4HWw5Kc

Nighttime Temple Insect and Airplane Sounds Etc 夏の夜 虫の音 150831
https://youtu.be/Ze3-U-lZHSc

高尾山口駅-高尾山駅 京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao - Keio Line 150831
https://youtu.be/u8wdOH8j7II

夜の高尾山ケーブルカー 高尾山駅-清滝駅 Takao Cable Car - Takaozan to Kiyotaki 150831
https://youtu.be/t7FGWdpxz6E

夜の京王線 高尾駅から出発電車 Trains Departing Nighttime Takao Station 150831
https://youtu.be/uh_wqnXJqtk

夕暮れの西武新宿線到着 小川駅 Evening Seibu-Shinjuku Line Train 150901
https://youtu.be/lqU4VUlGe3A

雨の夕暮れ新宿思い出横丁 Twilight Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho in the Rain 150901
https://youtu.be/PG7NVSgTwRw

夕暮れの新宿 雨の日 Rainy Twilight Shinjuku 150901
https://youtu.be/CQOCVhpWCuw

夜の西新宿 夜反射 Nighttime Nishi-Shinjuku - Reflections Etc 150901
https://youtu.be/YbRSPEKc7I0
高田馬場駅前東口 Takadanobaba - East Side 150905
https://youtu.be/Zgb5Entry1c

エスカレーター Escalator 150905
https://youtu.be/em91DslT-qU

夕方秋葉原 Evening Akihabara - Walking Under Railway 150904
https://youtu.be/3mj48c0iQ6E

1991 池袋駅 埼京線から西武線の乗り換え Ikebukuro Transfer - Saikyo-Seibu 910826
https://youtu.be/-rlRrnG7Luw

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋駅 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka - Seibu Line 910826
https://youtu.be/FsAz5LMfxRc

1991 東京中央郵便局 切手を買いに Tokyo Central Post Office 910826
https://youtu.be/jQixrZkLjmo

1991 新橋駅-東京駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 910826
https://youtu.be/MJSqK1IqgDA

1991 新橋駅 地下鉄とJR Shinbashi Station - Subway and JR 910826
https://youtu.be/rbKlCFanSWU

1991 西馬込駅-泉岳寺駅-新橋駅 Nishimagome-Sengakuji-Shinbashi 910826
https://youtu.be/RZmt2_5P650

1991 東京駅-新宿駅-池袋駅 中央線と埼京線 Tokyo-Shinjuku-Ikebukuro 910826
https://youtu.be/lcu-qPnrvyA

1991 川崎散策散歩 Kawasaki Walkabout 910901
https://youtu.be/-O03snM5MN0

1991 京急川崎駅-平和島駅 京急線 Keikyu-Kawasaki to Heiwajima - Keikyu Line 910901
https://youtu.be/uGhqr5aQQys

1991 池袋駅-品川-川崎駅 Ikebukuro-Shinagawa-Kawasaki, 910901
https://youtu.be/VuLb7JFh5Ws

1991 平和島駅 野鳥公園 太田市場 京急線 大井埠頭中央海浜公園など Heiwajima Walkabout 910901
https://youtu.be/UK0eJ6Aw29o
夜中の国立駅 ホームの様子 Midnight Kunitachi Station 150911
https://youtu.be/IB79GWNgl48

新橋駅 夜遅くのホームの様子 Shinbashi Station - Late Night Platform View 150911n
https://youtu.be/YFSxQjqaJYY

夜の銀座横道 Night Ginza Side Street 150911
https://youtu.be/BSt9SG6ZdyE

有楽町駅前 夜の京橋口 Yurakucho - Night View by Southeast Kyobashi Exit 150911
https://youtu.be/FulMptcOwtI

新橋 夜の横道 金曜日午後十一時ごろ Shinbashi Night Walk to Station - Past 11PM 150911
https://youtu.be/54pHjctDRA4

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 金曜日の夜 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 150911
https://youtu.be/WeQOaiQ4i1o

1993 池袋と彼方此方の東京 Ikebukuro Tsukiji Etc 930525
https://youtu.be/NjIci8pcBtk

1993 飯田橋と東京と四ツ谷と新宿など Iidabashi Yotsuya Etc 930702
https://youtu.be/p9P-OpwcpOg

1993 東西線など 中野駅から日本橋駅までなど Tozai Line A 930625
https://youtu.be/oY2yrujeY6s

1993 東西線など 大手町駅-西船橋駅-浦安駅など Tozai Line B 930628
https://youtu.be/zGue7BLf5as

1993 大和駅辺りなど Yamato Station Area Etc 930703
https://youtu.be/m7ILQLzVmcE
夜の中央線内 Nighttime Chuo Line Train Interior 150925
https://youtu.be/YoOef95YJ30

品川駅内 Shinagawa Station Evening Concourse 150925
https://youtu.be/tQa9_D7Fpus

大崎駅 山手線の到着 Yamanote Line at Osaki Station 150925
https://youtu.be/peop7bDaTZI

銀座一丁目 雨の横道 Ginza 1-Chome in the Rain 150925
https://youtu.be/pfNW54Cr_KI

上野駅 山手線の到着 Boarding Yamanote Line at Ueno Station 150925n
https://youtu.be/Q4wTN87Dubg

東京駅-上野駅 宇都宮線 Tokyo to Ueno - Utsunomiya Line 150925
https://youtu.be/OFmV5PkuIog

品川駅-東京駅 東海道線 Shinagawa to Tokyo - Tokaido Line 150925
https://youtu.be/i5e0PjVMs4s

有楽町駅ホーム 通る電車 Trains Passing Yurakucho Station 150925
https://youtu.be/DeuPzcCHq6U

上野駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Ueno to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 150925
https://youtu.be/hEvz2wwUShI

1991 国際フォーラムの工事現場 Kokusai Forum Under Construction 910905
https://youtu.be/bt2Cvn_w9MU

1991 海浜島と東海三丁目と昭和島の夜散策散歩 Kaihamajima Etc Walkabout 910901
https://youtu.be/_fC1MT_nfN4

1991 市場散策散歩 Wholesale Market Walkabout 910901
https://youtu.be/ER0Fz9H4RNQ

1991 昭和島駅 東京モノレール 日曜日の夜 誰もいない 910901
https://youtu.be/sDEko-SugPQ

1991 昭和島駅-浜松町駅 東京モノレール Showajima to Hamamatsucho - Monorail 910901
https://youtu.be/AWJnuhP_5aY

1991 浜松町駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武池袋線 Hamamatsucho to Hibarigaoka 910901
https://youtu.be/aLS_4SWHVKA

1991 木曜日の東京駅辺り Thursday Afternoon Tokyo Station Area 910905
https://youtu.be/jod33x2RbKQ

1991 浜松町駅辺りとか Hamamatsucho Station Etc 910905
https://youtu.be/-7gLtrshStI

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-浜松町駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Hamamatsucho 910905
https://youtu.be/Wf7sx-SpqdY

1991 浜松町駅-羽田空港駅 東京モノレール Hamamatsucho to Haneda Airport 910905
https://youtu.be/lpBnJjSeRLk

1991 大井競馬場前駅辺り散策散歩 Oikeibajomae Station Area Walkabout 910905
https://youtu.be/PL6JlnmfUcc

1991 浜松町駅-東京駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 910905
https://youtu.be/u-0kSzDzKec

1991 羽田空港駅-大井競馬場前駅 東京モノレール Haneda Airport to Oikeibajomae 910905
https://youtu.be/lhzq48yVJ_8

1991 大井競馬場前駅-浜松町駅 東京モノレール Oikeibajomae to Hamamatsucho 910905
https://youtu.be/wh1iGKdjh2Y

夕方の高尾山口 Evening Takaosanguchi 150928n
https://youtu.be/_kJV8h_XoPo

夜高尾駅から出発中央線内からホームを見る Night Chuo Line Departing Takao 150928n
https://youtu.be/CfH91nqGYnI

上野 ガード下の一見 Ueno Side Street - Quick Look 151003n
https://youtu.be/nAHyfN1-qlw

大塚駅 山手線が遣って来る Otsuka - Yamanote Line Arrives 151003
https://youtu.be/FOyBGo3coA4

[Broken Upload - Sideways!!] 土曜日の上野 ガードの下の人々 Ueno on Saturday Afternoon 151003
https://youtu.be/OMimzhv0suM

万世橋からの秋葉原と神田川 夕方眺め Manseibashi - Akihabara - Kanda River 151003
https://youtu.be/KWH9j3HhFtM
御茶ノ水駅 中央線が遣って来る Chuo Line Arriving at Ochanomizu Station 151003n
https://youtu.be/NcMKICn1quE

高尾山口駅ホームの様子と高尾駅まで 夜の京王線 Takaosanguchi and Ride to Takao 150928g
https://youtu.be/fQ-OHloqeOI

万世橋からの中央線と総武線 Manseibashi - Watching Chuo and Sobu Line Trains 151003
https://youtu.be/xICOLl4AuJk

御茶ノ水駅 御茶ノ水橋口 お茶の水橋から駅内まで Ochanomizu Station - ONMB Entrance 151003
https://youtu.be/SynqDvm0Dr8

昌平橋から夕暮れの神田川と総武線 Twilight Kanda River and Sobu Line - Shoheibashi 151003
https://youtu.be/FVpYRGSv2K4

御茶ノ水駅 下り電車のホームと御茶ノ水橋口 Ochanomizu - ONMBG to Outbound Platform 151003
https://youtu.be/myCm11s_9cE

御茶ノ水駅 上り電車のホームと御茶ノ水橋口 Ochanomizu - ONMBG to Inbound Platform 151003
https://youtu.be/OhiwBXDuP7M

聖橋から昌平橋向きの夜眺め 御茶ノ水駅 Hijiribashi Night View of Shoheibashi 151003
https://youtu.be/AwfmymqLOsE

聖橋からお茶の水橋向きの夜眺め 御茶ノ水駅と工事現場 Night View from Hijiribashi 151003
https://youtu.be/jcKNs1lbYiA

お茶の水橋から聖橋向きの夜眺め Night View from Ochanomizubashi Bridge Etc 151003
https://youtu.be/_nvKfaWLUz4

立川南駅辺り 多摩モノレール 夕暮れ 見回り Tachikawa-Minami Station - Tama-Monorail 151005
https://youtu.be/aTaP3eD3r0M
立川駅北口 夕暮れの広場 見回り Tachikawa Station - North Side Plaza - Twilight Lookabout 151005
https://youtu.be/fJFnVAnq5a0

立川北駅下 多摩モノレール 夕暮れ見回り Under Tachikawa-Kita Station - Twilight View 151005
https://youtu.be/80gQ4if3x1s

新宿東口 夕暮れの時 Shinjuku East Side Twilight View 151006
https://youtu.be/5rVr3NP8bNI

新宿東口の横道 夕暮れの見回り Shinjuku East Side Twilight Lookaround 151006
https://youtu.be/OpN2Zk8qR7o

新宿サザンテラス夜散歩 風の強い秋の日 Shinjuku Southern Terrace - Windy Night 151006
https://youtu.be/JfjDmkRVHyM

1991 藤沢散策散歩 Fujisawa Walkabout 911012
https://youtu.be/U6j5W7jPNeM

1991 藤沢駅-辻堂駅 東海道線 Fujisawa to Tsujido - Tokaido Line 911012
https://youtu.be/8fp3mPSNIss

1991 辻堂駅からの茅ヶ崎散策散歩 湘南海岸など, Walkabout from Tsujido Station - Chigasaki 911012
https://youtu.be/5GUnXQ2zO7U

1991 新宿駅から西新宿への散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout 911012
https://youtu.be/iqwJtKfzqbY

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 西武池袋線と埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 911012
https://youtu.be/3fVi-FDNfJE

1991 日吉駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東横線と山手線と西武池袋線 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 911005
https://youtu.be/AZYWjeIYinU

1991 渋谷駅-日吉駅 東急東横線 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 911005
https://youtu.be/yjb_U65FjTQ

1991 藤沢駅 小田急線と東海道線 Fujisawa Station - Odakyu and JR 911012
https://youtu.be/MD_mSzYELmA

1991 藤沢駅辺り Fujisawa Station Area 911012
https://youtu.be/-h-xnZV8ssU

1991 新宿駅-藤沢駅 小田急特別急行ロマンスカー Shinjuku to Fujisawa - Odakyu 911012
https://youtu.be/w2LbL2oIPNg

品川駅西口のポスト Shinagawa Station West Side MailBox 151008n
https://youtu.be/ytTc6D5XBko

Passing Tanker Train 151007n
https://youtu.be/JNS7h4jOBgY

豊田駅で下り中央線来るまでの見回り Toyoda Station Platform 151007
https://youtu.be/aOJtg6QOtcc

品川駅近くの第一京浜通り隣 Twilight Daiichi-Keihin Road - Shinagawa 151008
https://youtu.be/N8SXyJ_7PVE

夕暮れ第一京浜通り 品川駅西口近く Twilight Daiichi-Keihin Road - Shinagawa 151008
https://youtu.be/oWaDy7o2yiI

黒木雅彦展示会 ギャラリー 403 Masahiko Kuroki Exhibition - Gallery-403 奥野ビル 151009n
https://youtu.be/fbO9h0-FJZ4

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao - Keio Line 151019
https://youtu.be/XjNxCPQ3TX8

銀座線出発 日本橋駅 Ginza Line Train Departing Nihonbashi Station 151016
https://youtu.be/aizGj5tvUnQ

夜の高尾山口駅 Nighttime Takaosanguchi Station 151019
https://youtu.be/jlmDSX9DfOA

Train Departing Station at Night - Chuo Line 夜の中央線駅 151019
https://youtu.be/wxPmFXY5kf4

夜中央特快 駅を通過します Express Train Speeding Through Station 151019
https://youtu.be/C-duMnVcrlo

夕暮れの秋葉原横道 Twilight Akihabara Side Streets 151023
https://youtu.be/vGGyfDVt0c8

元東急東横線地上渋谷駅工事現場 山手線から 渋谷駅-恵比寿駅 Yamanote Line 151023
https://youtu.be/TtHRWOu2BSo

京王線緑高尾山電車 高尾駅-狭間駅 Takao to Hazama - Green Takao Keio Line Train 151024
https://youtu.be/S_xd6sk0MJ0

秋葉原駅-神田駅 京浜東北線 Akihabara to Kanda - Keihin-Tohoku Line 151023
https://youtu.be/DmqOKGLJTPA

神田駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Kanda to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 151023
https://youtu.be/wz002YTEo24

東京駅-有楽町駅 京浜東北線 Tokyo to Yurakucho - Keihin-Tohoku Line 151023
https://youtu.be/n-dCt4PJnh4

横山光伸展示会 Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 151029
https://youtu.be/JEv6dRKHu-o

Elevated Night Path to Station 151030
https://youtu.be/ggKvcnKZ6x4

Approaching Friday Evening Platform 151030
https://youtu.be/6nkigyQN2pk

Nighttime Osaki 151030
https://youtu.be/NieEQB2rXNI
Keio Line Passing Loading Chutes 151024
https://youtu.be/z2cD4RiUijw

Akihabara Nighttime Escalator to Stationside Plaza 151027n
https://youtu.be/UsJLyueQ1Vg

Paint and Rust 151027
https://youtu.be/LzGbIlsY-5I

Shadows Walking 影と歩く 151027
https://youtu.be/ug86BjkTM-E

Nighttime View from Pedestrian Bridge in Akihabara 151027
https://youtu.be/BxmRJ4ZebJY

夜の神田川 月 電車 Moon Over Kanda River Passing Trains Etc 151027
https://youtu.be/0P_3Yqs4ZK0

Nighttime Kanda River - Sound of Passing Shinkansen Etc 151027
https://youtu.be/rtzOg7cpQbA

御茶ノ水駅 御茶ノ水橋口 Ochanomizu Station Ochanomizubashi Exit 151027
https://youtu.be/CMZbUugqwqM

夜のアキバ Nighttime Akihabara 151027n
https://youtu.be/VSqHTQvZa0Q

御茶ノ水駅 工事現場 神田川 空の反射 Ochanomizu Station と Kanda River 151027
https://youtu.be/yDhbYuyVDYE

夜の神田明神 見回り 神田神社 Night Kanda-Myojin Temple Courtyard 151027g
https://youtu.be/xGw9X2sr0ms

横山光伸展示会 Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 151106n
https://youtu.be/yDJcT4fz5UY
Walking Shadows 151106
https://youtu.be/S6HbAsCe4OY

Shadows 影 151105
https://youtu.be/mCbI17zKces

Twilight Hachioji - Bird Sounds in Trees 夕暮れの八王子 151102
https://youtu.be/AJI_nx4JYOQ

Twilight Sidestreet in Akihabara 夕暮れ秋葉原横道 151105
https://youtu.be/0-vxZbcV9ak

夕暮れの八王子 Twilight Hachioji 151102
https://youtu.be/TtLLstezA7s

Anti-bird Sounds in Hachioji - at First Part and From Middle of Video 151102
https://youtu.be/BCNMZ6jpwiY

Passing Streetcar in Otsuka 151107n
https://youtu.be/8CiPoDbV0MU

高田馬場での神田川 Kanda River in Takadanobaba 151107
https://youtu.be/Sz3xxaV_IUk

秋葉原駅で山手線がやってくる Yamanote Line Arriving at Akihabara 151105
https://youtu.be/Dhe4bOKcymI

八王子駅北口広場 Hachioji Station North Side Plaza 151102
https://youtu.be/3T9h-eVqev0

夜の立川南駅辺りの見回り Elevated Lookaround in Tachikawa 151116
https://youtu.be/RyqKbw3LekU

多摩モノレール 夜立川南駅 Tachikawa-Minami Station - Tama Monorail at Night 151116
https://youtu.be/7nYYDMoH6nU

夜立川駅南口 Tachikawa Station - South Side at Night 151116
https://youtu.be/6z1mGcZ-6QA

織田泰児「フラクタル自然絵画」を世界で初めてはじめた画家 151120
https://youtu.be/yIFRvOVgmRA

夕方有楽町駅 京浜東北線と山手線 Yurakucho Station - Evening View 151113
https://youtu.be/qPyiNLjRKJE

新橋駅-東京駅 東海道線 Shinbashi to Tokyo - Tokaido Line 151112
https://youtu.be/Gc6ZtxDilSQ

Pre-Construction Empty Lot in Ochanomizu 151117n
https://youtu.be/QdGxRa7bsl8

東京駅前の夜八重洲口 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side at Night 151113
https://youtu.be/XC-6VjsSezs

御茶ノ水駅の聖橋口 Ochanomizu Hijiribashi Exit 151117
https://youtu.be/mm94J3pbDTo

View from Hijiribashi Bridge 聖橋 151117n
https://youtu.be/0lFdtuTOHvw

御茶ノ水駅の出口専用の臨時改札口 聖橋から Ochanomizu Morning-Only Exit 151117
https://youtu.be/crSCzE_OFs0

聖橋から御茶ノ水駅の様子 Ochanomizu Station from Hijiribashi 151117
https://youtu.be/TtIdg_g9ulM

Old Wall in Ochanomizu 151117
https://youtu.be/3dxQaAOoxfI

Old-style Electronics Parts Store in Akihabara 151117
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208115111857987/

Evening Akihabara - Passing Shinkansen & Sky Blimp 151117
https://vimeo.com/147299216

Noisy Time/Place by Akihabara Station 151117
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208110041891241/

Ochanomizu - Wandering Between Akihabara and Ochanomizu 151117
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208109914048045/

Old Elements in Central Tokyo 151117
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208109846606359/

(Above)  Exploring an area of Tokyo with some old elements still existing (but not for long probably...)

Looking at Kanda River from Manseibashi 151117
https://youtu.be/Fd3ikxDRwWo

Twilight Kanda River
https://youtu.be/EzIdGgF3pes
新宿駅南口夜見回り Shinjuku South Exit at Night 151117
https://youtu.be/eeWL7-8Kctw

夜の東京 神田川 Kanda River Reflections 151117
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208121512858008/

夜御茶ノ水駅から出発の夜電車 Night Train Leaving Ochanomizu 151117
https://youtu.be/yAxTuA03Ywk

夜の御茶ノ水駅に近づく Nighttime Ochanomizu Station 151117
https://youtu.be/AN_w2AzD_A8

Walking to Ochanomizu Station from Hijiribashi 聖橋と御茶ノ水駅 151117
https://youtu.be/T9D5V-XZ_C0

Midnight Station 夜中の駅 151121
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208122600205191/

Station Escalator Recordings Voices - Central Tokyo 151119
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208137660501689/

1932 Building Hallway in Ginza (2015)
https://www.facebook.com/lylehsaxon/videos/10208138103032752/

秋の木と空 Autumn Trees and Sky 151119
https://youtu.be/UcMmwg_qXV4

銀座線がやって来る Ginza Line Train Arriving at Station 151119
https://youtu.be/NqciI-zqJ_A

Night Lights in Ginza 銀座中央通り 151119
https://youtu.be/DTsLxFxiGT8

1991 Golf Driving Range 武蔵野市 910616
https://youtu.be/tud36T5F2tA

1991 団地から団地へ 武蔵野市 Apartment Buildings 910616
https://youtu.be/L1c6NyYMtyQ

Yoshihiko Tsutsumi (つつみよしひこ) Installation at Y's Arts - Ginza Okuno Building 151211
https://youtu.be/Ot2z5z1AHSU
新宿駅中央線で出発 Departing Shinjuku Station 151211
https://youtu.be/ZfVGi7OkSFs

新宿駅南口から駅を入る Entering Shinjuku Station via South Entrance 151124
https://youtu.be/NQE8YsZ9KHY
秋葉原駅 京浜東北線がやって来る Akihabara - Keihin-Tohoku Line 151127
https://youtu.be/LUClyrKGTgo

Yurakucho - Lights - Wind - Shaky Camera 151211
https://youtu.be/HaO8ko0x1Uo

Electric Candles and Christmas Tree 151210
https://youtu.be/rv08QzWUxAI
東京駅-有楽町駅 夜の京浜東北線 Tokyo to Yurakucho - Keihin-Tohoku Line at Night 151201
https://youtu.be/sWHwLDh-nuw

神田駅-東京駅 夜の京浜東北線 Kanda to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line at Night 151201
https://youtu.be/-WZZhnSBxxo

1991 朝のひばりが丘 Hibarigaoka in the Morning 910618
https://youtu.be/kweZGjSzGV8

1991 ひばりが丘散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910619
https://youtu.be/q7uLBQQoNdQ

1991 ひばりが丘 雨の後 Hibarigaoka in the Rain 910620
https://youtu.be/YdNzemkHAY8

1991 ひばりが丘商店街など Hibarigaoka Shotengai Etc 910617
https://youtu.be/uxLiLxoaKWQ

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りまでの散策散歩 Walk to Hibarigaoka 910616
https://youtu.be/rot1ckbeRZc

1991 夕方のひばりが丘 Hibarigaoka in the Evening 910618
https://youtu.be/gFu9E-ZRu7w

1991 Old Houses 910616
https://youtu.be/-AF4chqNXds

1991 武蔵野中央公園 Musashino Chuo Park 910616
https://youtu.be/S_ZnPA0xSo8

1991 Shrine Visit 910616
https://youtu.be/JuowWhuLQ10

1991 元旦 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-原宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Harajuku 910101
https://youtu.be/0a0KrHvEn8U

1991 元旦 明治神宮まで歩く Walking to Meiji Shrine on New Years Day 910101
https://youtu.be/MZiXRfr18SU
有楽町駅の電車々 見回る Yurakucho Station Trains Etc 151216
https://youtu.be/tZEBz5Agu4g

秋の有楽町SBなど Autumn Leaves and Yurakucho SB Etc 151216
https://youtu.be/HkWt0HlRiXE

有楽町ガード下の居酒屋 お昼 Yurakucho Under Track Izakaya in Early Afternoon 151216
https://youtu.be/NQ4w8hbkCOI

1991 元旦 明治神宮 雨の中 傘の海 Meiji Shrine Sea of Umbrellas NYD 910101
https://youtu.be/O5YA43ztsKc

1991 元旦, 明治神宮の初詣 おみくじなど 正月 910101
https://youtu.be/Ypzye1HKaIw

1991 元旦 明治神宮 御苑の花菖蒲 原宿駅へ向かう 明治神宮の初詣 910101
https://youtu.be/JHORyl7YDek

1991 原宿駅臨時改札口 臨時ホームの正月様子 Harajuku Special Platform 910101
https://youtu.be/O-aNTyR8PXE

1991 元旦 原宿駅-代々木駅 山手線 Harajuku to Yoyogi - Yamanote Line 910101
https://youtu.be/NRBr-Lws8cQ

1991 元旦 代々木駅から明治神宮までの夜散歩 Food Stalls Etc - New Years Day 910101
https://youtu.be/NCIYD0E1n9c

1991 元旦 夜の明治神宮 正月 Late Night Meiji Shrine 910101
https://youtu.be/dfuoiJofRg4

1991 元旦 夜の原宿駅辺り Harajuku Station Area - Rainy Night 910101
https://youtu.be/OxWdMK7-d5A

飯田橋駅辺りから御茶ノ水駅まで 中央線 Iidabashi to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 151224
https://youtu.be/20X3vV44_UM
Evening Manseibashi Bridge 夕方万世橋 151224
https://youtu.be/O4_dZnYVY90

Chuo Line Arriving at Station 中央線 151224
https://youtu.be/Ok4NFY-8meI

御茶ノ水駅 聖橋口 通路 Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi 151224
https://youtu.be/Q9HKhU61QpI

御茶ノ水駅 聖橋出口 Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi 151224
https://youtu.be/ZLgL_pbYSvM

御茶ノ水駅 聖橋からの様子 Ochanomizu Station from Hijiribashi Bridge 151224
https://youtu.be/lWW5qNlM3uI

新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho 160105n
https://youtu.be/Kam60RhEC7w

夜の新宿 Waiting for the Walk Light 160105
https://youtu.be/v-fFCAnVdL4

西武新宿駅から出発 Departing Seibu-Shinjuku Station 160105
https://youtu.be/K30WqNZymQk

西武新宿線の下り列車-1 Outbound Nighttime Seibu Line 160105
https://youtu.be/VGxu2UwlvZw

西武新宿線の下り列車-2 Outbound Nighttime Seibu Line 160105
https://youtu.be/z37b7OoaA6A

西武新宿線の下り列車-3 Outbound Nighttime Seibu Line 160105
https://youtu.be/G791xdKgivc

西武新宿線 Stainless Steel Door Etc 160105n
https://youtu.be/pTyYjERZ1Kk

Otsuka Quick-360 大塚-360 160109n
https://youtu.be/G6xudeMKCvw
高田馬場駅-目白駅 山手線左側の風景 Takadanobaba to Mejiro - Yamanote Line 160109
https://youtu.be/VzxfICNWmgE

夕暮れの電車 大崎駅 Evening Trains at Osaki 160108
https://youtu.be/D-YJlOSKPmk
銀座線 末広町駅 Ginza Line Arriving at Suehirocho Station 160109
https://youtu.be/Cu-pxhjm-Hc
夜の高田馬場駅辺り Takadanobaba Station Area at Night - Passing Trains 160109
https://youtu.be/ocSnAzHL3E8

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/

Thursday, December 31, 2015

"Time"

(2015/12/31)  Proceeding ahead in life, it becomes increasingly apparent that a lack of enough time for planned activities/projects/etc. is HUGE.  You get ideas for doing something; you put it on a back burner, and sometimes you even get to it and complete it, but back burner projects grow in number and complexity.
   Just the way it is I suppose, but sitting here in Tokyo on December 31st, 2015, the time thing hits me more strongly than it ever has before.  The combination of a backlog of things to do and a growing realization that no one is immortal....  Nothing for it but to push ahead I guess, still... the quest to tie most of it together continues.
   In an attempt to make myself feel better, I've thought back on things that I wanted to do (in my life) and did - particularly the things that were a risk at the time, pursuing photography, jumping the Pacific Ocean with only enough money for one week, pushing ahead with the early nineties video project in what was a financially reckless way (more concerned with getting needed image & sound recording equipment than with paying the rent), etc.
   "Just more of the same!" I'm tempted to say, but the difference now is a distinct feeling/realization that time, my time, time... time... is running out.  So much to do, so little time to do it in.....

Happy New Year!

Lyle H Saxon
Tokyo

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"5:30 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. Tokyo Rush"

(2015/12/08) - I look around at the others in this early morning coffee shop.  While ages seem to range from people in their twenties up to late fifties (possibly a person here or there past the sixty barrier), the majority seem to be in their late forties and into the full spectrum of fifties.  Speculation mainly (not purely - there is evidence), but just about everyone is here - before 7:00 a.m. - because they came into town early to escape the purgatory of the peak crush-rush commute via the steel rails.

It was different when flex-time was fairly common, but when the banksters trashed the world economy in 2007-08, many (most?) large companies (and small?) canceled flex-time and reverted to requiring that employees be at their desks by 9:00 a.m.  And so people who had gotten used to a less intense morning commute had only one method of escape; taking earlier trains.  But there are so many people doing this, that even the 5:30-6:30 trains are now quite crowded.  When I ride the Yamanote Line around 6:30 a.m., I always kind of shake my head at the sight of it being packed not far below the infamous "manin" (満員) level of density.  I look around the interior of the packed train, and then down at my watch, "Yup, there it is... it really is 6:30 a.m...", and back at the people around me, "... and all these people!".

And then I see a portion of them killing time in a train station coffee shop - waiting for their buildings to open so they can get to their desks.  It seems very clear why they're here - certainly it's why I'm here....

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/

Discussing English in Japanese....

(2015/12/01) - I just overheard a conversation between an English teacher and one of his students.  The student had some questions about an assignment and the teacher was helping him.  Okay - sounds like a scene of pure normality... except the five minute discussion was 99% in Japanese (discussing grammatical details).

This is a key problem with learning a radically different language (and English and Japanese are pretty radically different).  A low level student expects things to be explained in their native language, which is understandable enough, but in this case, the student - as a second year high school student - has been studying English for at least four and a half years now.  If you don't *use* a language, then you never remember it, and discussing a foreign language in your own language certainly isn't using the foreign language.

I hasten to add here that learning a radically different foreign language is a very difficult thing to do.  As for teaching it; ideally it should be one-on-one (one teacher and one student), but the logistics of mass education dictate that one teacher teach a large group of students, so how is that best done?  There are no easy answers, but any student of a foreign language should keep in mind that *use* is what gets you to remember a language.

Not especially useful advice for a student studying for exams I suppose, but there it is nonetheless....

LHS

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout

2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout
2015年12月の吉祥寺散策散歩 Kichijoji Walkabout

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/