Step-1: 1987-1991 television dramas and movies utilize the most modern type of apartments as cool backdrops for their supposedly "contemporary" fictional tales. At the time, people living in typically much smaller and older apartments shake their heads a little and say "What's with all the dramas showing ordinary people living in sparkling palatial apartments?"
Step-3: Young scenario writers for a - say - 2012 movie about the bubble era in Japan, reference the television dramas and movies that were made in that era depicting supposedly contemporary life. Not having (other than as small children) personally experienced the era themselves, they're in an even worse position than the Step-2 people, so they write a script showing a sparkling era that they think is accurate, but since they're basing it on over-the-top fictional dramas from that time frame, they amplify the fiction that everything was sparkling then.
Step-6: Young people in their twenties see a modern movie about the bubble era, with its depiction of sparkle and shine, and tell people who lived through the era as young people themselves, "I envy your experience of that wonderful era".
1990 Noontime Tamachi 午後の田町 (900528)
The sounds of trains vary from model to model, so the combination of the sounds of the trains combined with the visual element really bring back memories. It was just the background to riding on the train at the time, but now that they are running the next generation of trains on the Yamanote Line, suddenly the old sounds bring on feelings of nostalgia.
1990 Ginza and Yurakucho 銀座と有楽町 (900528)
This begins in Ginza, and then I walk into Yurakucho. There's overlap in the atmosphere of the two districts, so for this video, I'd say it's basically Ginza-Yurakucho, as one area.
From the 02:42 mark, there's a long segment showing the opening of the big clock in Yurakucho, that runs to around the 05:15 mark. I considered cutting that part out, but ended up leaving it in, on the off-chance that it might be interesting to somebody, somewhere, sometime.
1990 Under Tracks Izakaya ガード下の居酒屋 (900528)
Part of this still exists - in much reduced form. The under-tracks izakaya tunnel was much more exciting in 1990 than it is in 2013. The open-air street part is more-or-less the same, although now people have gone soft and they put out heaters, roofs, tents, etc.
1990 Yurakucho Izakaya 有楽町居酒屋 (900528)
Another video that was you probably wouldn't want to try recording in this way today.
Regarding taking video outside in general. People are getting hyper-sensitive to video these days. I was taking a video out a window last week, carefully shielding the lens so as not to record the inside of the train via reflection, and while taking it, a woman got a real serious expression on her face and intently watched my monitor - apparently to see if I was taking her picture(?). Sigh. The way things are going, the only people who will be able to take pictures in public will be banks, convenience stores, apartment buildings and police, etc. So you'll be safe from someone's YouTube video, but your every move once you set foot outside is recorded by organizations. Oh well, GO-1984 is the society we live in now... I guess.
1990 Transfer to Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 西武池袋線までの乗り換え (900528)
Ogawa to Hagiyama (Post Construction) 小川駅-萩山駅 西武拝島線 (130514)
The construction to elevate (most of) the tracks between these two stations is complete now. Here's a video (from last year) of the same stretch while the elevated part was still under construction (but nearly finished):
Ogawa to Hagiyama 120710
Seibu-Shinjuku Line (Side Window View) 西武新宿線 左窓風景 (130514)
Looking out a left-side window on the way to Takadanobaba.
Takadanobaba Seibu-Tozai Transfer 高田馬場駅で西武線-東西線の乗り換え (130514)
Waiting for Tozai Line at Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅で東西線を乗る (130514)
Tozai Subway (Side Window View) 東西線地下鉄の窓トンネル風景 早稲田駅まで (130514g)
I like the double-exposure effect, but a huge part of this record of riding from Takadanobaba to Waseda is the sound. Nothing defines subway travel more than sound I think - the way the sounds of the train echo around inside the tunnel.
Tokyo to Yotsuya - Chuo Line Night View 東京駅-四ッ谷駅 中央線夜の窓風景 (130514g)
Just another nighttime ride on a train, but I like the way it looks. It seems really clear... maybe the windows had just been cleaned?
Shinjuku Chuo Line to South Exit 新宿駅 中央線から南口まで (130514)
Shinjuku South Exit Jazz Band (Very Short View) 130514
Just as the title says, a "very short" view of a jazz band performing on the street in Shinjuku (just seven seconds). They just played two melodies and as they began passing out fliers, I headed off down the street - passing a couple of policemen hurrying in the opposite direction about a minute later. Hopefully the police weren't rushing over to kick the nice jazz band off the street (they were finished at that point anyway), and if they were, I hope the band got packed up in time. The crowd (including me) really enjoyed the short concert, and I can't see how it could hurt anything for them to play a couple of melodies like that....
Omoide-Yokocho Shinjuku West Side 思い出横丁-西新宿からの散策散歩 (130514g)
Beginning in front of the west side of Shinjuku Station - I walk over to and through the Omoide-Yokocho izakaya street. This street *looks* much as it has for many decades, but while it was a back street filled with traditional Japanese izakaya places before, now many of the shops are run by (or staffed by in any case) people from southeast Asian countries. I bring this up, because the change in nationality changes the atmosphere.
One mismatch with Japanese culture that I've noticed, is that it used to be that you could walk through the street verbally and visually unmolested, and shopkeepers would only call out to you if you were peering into their shops, looking like you were thinking of entering, but now woman from other south-east Asian countries stand like sentries in the doorways (of some shops) and stare at you intently while you walk by and (often) call out in an irritating way. That's not the way it's supposed to be done here.
At the 02:51 mark is a shop with a Japanese flag and several sheets of paper saying that the shop is authentically Japanese, etc. It shows there's some friction about the direction the alley has taken.
Ochanomizu to Hamamatsucho (Tokyo Transfer) 御茶ノ水-浜松町 東京駅乗り換え (130516)
Midway to Hamamatsucho, I transfer from the Chuo Line to the Yamanote Line at Tokyo Station. Typical 2013 video of the Tokyo train system, but sort of a strange thing happened at Tokyo Station on one of the long escalators leading down to the concourse area from the elevated Chuo Line platforms. Beginning at about the 03:49 mark, everyone on the escalator is walking, but the people on the left are walking faster, and I fall in with them and speed past the slowly moving line on the right. This is rather strange for two reasons. Since road (and escalator) traffic uses lest-side travel on two-way paths, and right-side passing lanes for same-direction traffic, it was unusual to be passing people on the left. Also, usually there is a line of people standing motionless on the left, so the only place you can usually walk is the right. Thought I better mention that in case someone got the wrong idea from watching people zooming past on the left. That was freakishly unusual.
Venue for Kiki Performance in Hamamatsucho 浜松町Kikiライブの場所 (130516)
A look at the interesting outside (but covered) space in Hamamatsucho that has live performances from time-to-time.
Kiki Live in Hamamatsucho - Kiki浜松町ライブ 2-4 (130516)
Walking by Tokyo Tower (Construction Work) 130516
Yokoyama Mitsunobu よこやまみつのぶ Exhibition at Art Gallery Ishi アートギャラリー石 (130516)
Yurakucho to Tokyo 1020 PM 有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 (130516)
Tanker Train Passing Through Takao Station 貨物列車 高尾駅を通る (130516)
You don't see that many freight trains in Tokyo these days, particularly ones that go right by a platform, so when you do, it stands out. I think the only type I've seen on the Chuo Line in the last several years are tanker trains like this one.
大月駅行きの電車が高尾駅から出発 Old Type JR Train Departing Takao Station (130516)
午前零時の高尾駅 Midnight at Takao Station (130516)
Zojoji Temple Look-Around 増上寺の見回し (130516)
Rainy Evening Side Street in Hamamatsucho 夕方浜松町の雨横道 (130516)
Hamamatsucho to Yurakucho (Evening) 夕暮れ浜松著駅-有楽町駅 京浜東北線 (130516)
Evening Yurakucho Station 夕方の有楽町駅 (130516g)
Yurakucho Night Rain Reflections 有楽町夜雨の反射 (130516)
1990 Chuo Line to Nakano 中央線で中野駅まで (900529)
1990 Nakano Walkabout 中野散策散歩 (900529)
1990 Chinese Restaurant in Shinjuku 新宿の中国料理 (900529)
It was a really good meal I had on the evening I took this. One of the people I was with was Chinese and he really knew how to order! He studied the menu carefully and called the server over a few times to ask questions about ingredients, etc. The result was the best Chinese food I'd ever had. The building this restaurant was in was torn down not many years after this, and I don't know what became of the restaurant (maybe it reopened within whatever building replaced the old one?).
1990 Shinjuku South-Entrance 新宿駅南口 (900529)
1990 Saikyo Line from Shinjuku 新宿駅からの埼京線 (900529)
Saying good-bye to some work acquaintances at Kanda Station. It was an optimistic time. Notice the manual ticket gates - they were automated a year or two after this was taken.
1990 Inside Old Type Saikyo Line Train 昔の埼京線車両内部 (900530)
1990 Shinjuku Station - Lower Concourse 新宿駅下の通路東口 (900530)
1990 Shinjuku (East Side) 新宿東口側 (900530)
1990 Shinjuku Bookstore ある新宿の本屋 (900530)
1990 Shinjuku Night Walkabout 新宿夜散策散歩 (900530)
A nine-minute video of various things seen while walking around in Shinjuku. Since I'd had that great meal at that Chinese restaurant, I went back there, but without that Chinese guy to order, the result wasn't so good.
The camera drifts in and out of proper exposure due to its faulty over sensitivity to florescent lighting, but still there are some interesting moments in the night stroll.
1990 Late Night Platforms 東京夜のホーム (900530)
1990 Tamachi Station 田町駅 (900531)
1990 Evening Shinjuku Station Etc 夕方新宿駅など (900531)
1990 Walking into Nishi-Shinjuku 西新宿へ歩く (900531)
1990 Shinjuku to Gotanda 新宿駅-五反田駅 山手線 (900531)
1990 Nihonbashi Kanpai Etc 日本橋の乾杯 (900601)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon