I was recently shown some very old (wood-block printed) Japanese magazines that I was told are from the Edo Era. I'm not an expert in old publications like this, but they were very interesting to have a first-hand look at! Notice that two of the hand-sewn-binding magazines put together form one picture (magazine 1/2 and 2/2).
Looking back at a 50+ years-old Kodak Duoflex-IV camera brings back memories of what photography was when I was a child, and then, reconsidering my digital camera, the digital camera suddenly seems like some kind of ultra-modern device from a science fiction novel!
The contrast really is amazing! The amount of technology in what are now run-of-the-mill (now there's an old expression for you) devices is quite amazing when you stop and try to really comprehend just how much technology is in a typical digital camera.
The sophistication of modern cameras make it so easy to take good pictures that some of the magic of film photography with old cameras is hard to imagine. Holding this 50+ year-old camera (manufactured from 1955-60) in my hands brings back so many memories....
Another batch of video clips, starting with various train trips - Kanda to Yurakucho, Hibiya to Ginza, a Saitama countryside view from a moving train window, and various station views while changing trains, etc. Then there are some views of a large new construction project near the south exit of Shinjuku Station (which is technically in Shibuya-ku). Mixed in are Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, etc. street views, a view from a bus ride, a view of part of an interesting exhibition/installation at a Ginza art gallery (by Ohtani Noriyuki), an Okuno Building view, and then several clips from the 2011 Bettara-Ichi Festival in Tokyo - taken on October 19th. The festival was interesting for me, as it has a long history (held every year on October 19th and 20th, regardless of the day of the week), but this year was the first time I personally experienced it.
Opening with a street view of Kokubunji, and then moving on to typical train scenes - on the Seibu Line, Chuo Line, Tozai Line, Ginza Line, etc. There are few Ginza exhibition views, a look at the very last sliding (steel frame) window in a 1932/34 building, and then walking views of Yurakucho. After taking a Chuo Line train to Shinjuku, a walk down a platform at Shinjuku Station, and then a look at a Tobu-Tojo Line train arriving at a station, following by Yurakucho and Ueno Park views. Then more trains views, including from the Ginza Line and the Chiyoda Line, and more art exhibition views. And... that's about it for this batch.
This batch of video clips opens with a view of trees blowing in fairly strong winds a few hours before Typhoon-15 blew through Tokyo. Also in this batch are several art exhibition related clips, of galleries, installations, and exhibitions. There are crickets at a nighttime train station, several train views (Yamanote, Tozai, Seibu lines, etc.), There are also views of Ginza, Ueno Park (including a look inside a cool pond-side old-style coffee shop), Shinjuku, etc.