Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Four Little Pigs

   Do you know the story of "The Four Little Pigs"?  The story was never completed.  Many of you probably know about the first three, but I'll go over the story here again, and fill you in on the fourth guy.
   There once were four little pigs who lived at home with their parents until their parents could stand them no longer and kicked them out into the wild.
   The first little pig threw up a house of sticks, and enjoyed life until the Big Bad Wolf came, blew his house down, and had him for lunch.
   The second little pig built a house of wood, which was stronger than sticks, but still he suffered the same fate as the first little pig.
   The third little pig spent a lot of time and money putting up a brick house that the Big Bad Wolf couldn't blow down.  Then, the wolf was stupid enough, and small enough apparently (despite his name), that he went down the chimney into a waiting pot of boiling water.....  The third little pig, being of a cannibalistic bent, ate the wolf who had eaten his brothers.
   He enjoyed a quiet life for a few years until a big earthquake brought his brick house down on top of him, ending his life.
   The fourth little pig, who had realized the area was prone to earthquakes, had put up a five story, steel reinforced concrete house, with a home theater on the fifth floor.  He was the only one of the four to live a long happy life.
   How did the fourth little pig get enough money to put up such a cool house?  I don't know.  I wish someone would tell me.  And how about the third little pig, how did he get his mitts on all those bricks anyway?
- Copyright 1997 & 2018 by Lyle H Saxon

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Video Views from 1990, 1991, 2017, & 2018

Another fairly large block of time has passed.  I would like to be writing so much more in here, but various other things have been demanding my time, so....  Hopefully the titles of the videos are self-explanatory enough that most of them don't need an explanation....  I'm going to put some pictures here and there in this post - be forewarned that they are not related to the video links near them this time - they're just there to make the page a little more visually appealing.  (All of the videos and photos were taken by myself - Lyle Hiroshi Saxon.)
雨の夕暮れ八王子 ア Rainy Evening Hachioji 170729

雨の夕暮れ八王子 イ Rainy Evening Hachioji 170729

雨の夕暮れ八王子 ウ Rainy Evening Hachioji 170729

万世橋 中央線が通る Manseibashi Quick-360 170818

Cool Old and Typical New - Akihabara Side Street 170818

Mt Takao Cable Car Ride - From Top to Bottom 170828

京王高尾駅 夜のホーム Keio-Takao Station 170828

Who Are You - Yuchi Narita 1st Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 171102

標本文庫 いろいろな花 170908

On the Road 170909

Takao Cable Car - Rear View Descent 170911

Wondering About Window Size on New and Older Trains 170915

夜中の立川駅 最終の上り中央線 Last Inbound Train from Tachikawa 170916

Hachioji Bus Ride 八王子のバス 170920

上野のアメ横丁 Ueno Ameyokocho 171007

Talking About an Old PC Board 171009

A Look at the First LL-Letters Computer 171010

希望が丘 商店街 Kibogaoka - A Quick Look 171018

Two-Part Florescent Bulb 171024

Osaki Condominiums-360 171102

八王子の古本屋 夕方の雨 Used Book Store on Rainy Evening 170729

八王子 大通りの散歩 Hachioji Stroll Along Busy Road 170729

吉祥寺駅 ホームの様子 通過中央線 Kichijoji Station Platform 170818

吉祥寺駅で上り中央線を乗る Inbound Chuo Line at Kichijoji 170818

吉祥寺駅-西荻窪駅 中央線 Kichijoji to Nishi-Ogikubo - Chuo Line 170818

御茶ノ水駅 工事など Ochanomizu Station - View of Construction Etc 170818

立川駅-国立駅 夜中の上り中央線 Tachikawa to Kunitachi - Chuo Line 170819n

夜の八月のホーム August Platform 170828n

新橋駅 夜ホームの様子 Shinbashi Station Platform 170915

貨物列車 新小平駅を通る Freight Train Passing Shin-Kodaira Station 171005

御茶ノ水駅近く 電車が通る Near Ochanomizu 170818

秋葉原駅 夕方ホーム 京浜東北線が遣って来る Evening Akihabara Station Platform 170818

ある八月の夜 夜の電車 Late Night Train in August 170828n

西武高田馬場駅 ホームの様子 電車が遣って来る Seibu-Takadanobaba Station 170902

新宿新南口 九月けど まだ夏の用に Still Like Summer in September 170912n

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 170915

金曜日の夜新橋駅 最終電車に向かう人々 Shinbashi Station at Night 170915

東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町駅-田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinagawa 171006

東京駅に到着 Arriving at Tokyo Station 171018

夜の新橋 居酒屋の横道 Shinbashi Side Street Stroll 170915g
1991 池袋駅-大塚駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Otsuka - Yamanote Line 911019

1991 大塚駅と大塚駅辺り Otsuka Station and Shotengai 911019

1991 大塚 長い永い散策散歩 北大塚と東池袋 Otsuka Area Walkabout 911019

1991 大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Otsuka to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 911019

1991 夕暮れの巣鴨地蔵通商店街と花の三番街など Twilight Sugamo Jizodori 911019

1991 巣鴨駅-新宿駅-渋谷駅-都立大学駅 山手線と東横線 Sugamo to Toritsu-daigaku 911019

1991 都立大学駅 夜の様子 Toritsu-daigaku Station at Night 911019

1991 都立大学駅から買い物すると夜の道の様子 Toritsu-daigaku Station Area Night Walkabout 911019

1991 都立大学駅-日吉駅 東横線 Toritsu-daigaku to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 911019

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東横線と山手線と西武池袋線 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 911019

1991 東京中央郵便局と地下通路 京葉線まで ホームの様子 Keiyo Line Platform 911130

1991 東京駅-舞浜駅-葛西臨海公園駅 京葉線 Tokyo to Maihama - Keiyo Line 911130

1991 葛西臨海公園駅と駅辺りと夜散策散歩トラックなど Kasairinkaikoen Area Walkabout 911130

1991 葛西臨海公園駅-東京駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Kasairinkaikoen to Hibarigaoka 911130

1991 中野 日曜日の散策散歩 Nakano Walkabout on Sunday 911201

1991 バス 中野駅北口まで Bus to Nakano Station 911201

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅-中野駅 西武池袋線 埼京線 中央線 To Nakano 911201

1991 当時のスカイラインのエンジンとインテリア Skyline Engine and Dashboard 911201

1991 中野駅-新宿駅 中央線 日曜日も込んでる Nakano to Shinjuku - Chuo Line 911201

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅 埼京線 開いてる窓からの風景 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro - Saikyo Line 911201

1991 池袋駅 日曜日の様子 Ikebukuro Station 911201

1991 池袋駅-石神井公園駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Shakujikoen - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 911201

1991 石神井公園 駅と公園 紅葉 秋の色 Shakujikoen - Station and Park 911201
1990 新宿の散策散歩他 Shinjuku Evening Retail Stroll 900411

1990 夜の霞ヶ関駅辺り Kasumigaseki Station Area at Night 900411

1990 新橋の夜 バブル時代の水曜日 など Shinbashi Side street Stroll Etc 900411

1990 朝の通勤 池袋駅-田町駅 山手線 Morning Commute - Yamanote Line 900412

1990 お昼の田町 芝商店街 お昼の人々 Lunchtime Tamachi 900412

1990 新宿の散策散歩 新宿駅 新宿三丁目の地下通路 本屋 西新宿へ Shinjuku Walkabout 900412

1990 電車の窓からの夜風景 池袋駅 ひばりが丘散歩 Hibarigaoka Night Walkabout Etc 900412

1990 神田駅-鶯谷駅 山手線 Kanda to Uguisudani - Yamanote Line 900413

1990 鶯谷駅辺りの散策散歩 Uguisudani Station Area Walkabout 900413

1990 電車とひばりヶ丘駅 Hibarigaoka Station 900413

1990 渋谷駅辺りの夜 Nighttime Shibuya 900416

1990 山手線 新宿駅まで Yamanote Line to Shinjuku 900417

1990 夕方の新宿駅 Evening Shinjuku Station 900417

1990 半蔵門線 渋谷駅まで Hanzomon Line to Shibuya 900416

1990 西新宿 夕方と夜 Evening Nishi-Shinjuku 900417

1990 地下通路モール 新宿駅西口 Underground Mall - Shinjuku West Exit 900417

1990 新宿駅西口 地下通路改札の外と内 Shinjuku Station West Entrance 900417

1990 武蔵浦和駅からの散策散歩 Musashi-Urawa Area Walkabout 900418

1990 池袋駅-武蔵浦和駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Musashi-Urawa - Saikyo Line 900418
窓風景 大崎駅-恵比寿駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅 Osaki to Shinjuku Window View 171110

駅のエスカレーター Escalator 171107

Nighttime Backstreet Stroll 171220

Toshiba VC-PC-9 Vacuum Cleaner Bags - Two Types 171228

Ricoh Auto-Half-SE - Half-Frame 35mm Film Camera 171231

Modem PC Board 180103

USB 500GB HDD Optional Cooling Fan 180103

USB 500GB HDD Original Box 180103

新小平駅 電車の到着と出発 Train Arriving at Shin-Kodaira 171107

トンネルから遣って来る武蔵野線 Musashino Line Exiting Tunnel 171107

EF-64-1018 貨物列車が武蔵浦和駅を通り過ぎる Freight Train at Musashi-Urawa 171107g

バス内 エンジンの音 Bus Interior - Sound of Engine 171129

Recently Demolished House 171207

高田馬場駅 西武新宿線が出発 Seibu Line at Takadanobaba 171215

西浦和駅-武蔵浦和駅 武蔵野線 Nishi-Urawa to Musashi-Urawa - Musashino Line 171107

武蔵浦和駅 埼京線が遣って来る Arriving Saikyo Line Train at Musashi-Urawa 171107

与野本町駅-南与野駅 武蔵野線 Yono-Honmachi to Minami-Yono - Saikyo Line 171107

武蔵浦和駅 反対向きの武蔵野線電車の到着 Musashino Line at Musashi-Urasa 171107

電車窓風景 渋谷から原宿まで Train Window View - Shibuya to Harajuku 171109

東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 171117

新橋駅-浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 171117

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 工事ゾーン Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 171117

Escalator to Platform 171215

夜中野駅の中央線ホームの様子 Nighttime Nakano Station Platform 171220

新幹線が武蔵浦和駅から通り過ぎる Shinkansen Passing Musashi-Urawa Station 171107g

武蔵浦和駅-中浦和駅-南与野駅-与野本町駅 埼京線 Saikyo Line Window View 171107

通り過ぎ新幹線と埼京線 Passing Shinkansen and Arriving Saikyo Line 171107

電車と影 Train and Moving Shadow 171109

夕方 銀座並木通り Evening Side Street in Ginza 171124

夜の新宿 靖国通りと通る電車 Nighttime Shinjuku - Passing Train 171128

中野居酒屋街 Nighttime Back Streets in Nakano 171220g

西荻窪駅-吉祥寺駅-三鷹駅 中央線 Nishi-Ogikubo to Mitaka - Chuo Line 171220

新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoideyokocho 171227g
1991 新馬場駅から長い散策散歩 品川神社 商店街 鮫洲駅 立会川駅 など 911109

1991 立会川駅-京急川崎駅 京急線 Tachiaigawa to Keikyu-Kawasaki - Keikyu Line 911109

1991 夕暮れのひばりが丘の散策散歩 Twilight Hibarigaoka Walkabout 911113

1991 京急川崎駅辺りの夜散策散歩 ウイロード銀柳街など Kawasaki Short Walkabout 911109

1991 京急川崎駅-品川駅 京急線 Keikyu-Kawasaki to Shinagawa - Keikyu Line 911109

1991 品川駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武池袋線 Shinagawa to Hibarigaoka 911109

1991 ひばりが丘-田無駅前 西武バス Bus to Tanashi 911114

1991 田無駅前の工事現場 Construction Zone in front of Tanashi Station 911114

1991 西武バス 田無駅前から保谷市のひばりが丘まで Tanashi to Hibarigaoka 911114

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅前 南口 Hibarigaoka Station South Entrance 911115

1991 有人乗り換え改札口 高田馬場駅 Manual Transfer Ticket Gates at Takadanobaba 911115

1991 本屋 本を見るけれども あまり買わない Bookstore View 911115

1991 太陽の影 西武バス ひばりヶ丘駅前-田無駅前 Shadows in a Bus 911115

1991 田無の昼散策散歩 駅前通商店街など Tanashi Daytime Walkabout 911115

1991 有楽町 お昼の散策散歩 みゆき通りなど Yurakucho Afternoon Walkabout 911115

1991 田無駅-高田馬場駅-有楽町駅 西武線と山手線 Tanashi to Yurakucho 911115

1991 東京の電話番号が八桁になった時 1991 Selfie Reaction 910101

1991年元旦 原宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅とその辺り New Year's Day 910101

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅とその辺り Hibarigaoka Station Area 910105

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910105

1991 池袋東口 朝の土曜日散歩 Ikebukuro East-Side Saturday Morning Stroll 910105

1991 池袋駅-本郷三丁目駅 丸ノ内線 営団地下鉄の新しい車両 Ikebukuro to Hongo-sanchome 910105

1991 本郷三丁目駅から湯島天神の散歩 Hongosanchome Walkabout 910105

1991 湯島天神の一日 910105

1991 湯島天神の近く 昼間の散歩 Area Near Yushima-Tenmangu Daytime Walkabout 910105

1991 湯島天神から上野公園までの散歩 Yushima-Tenmangu to Ueno Park Walk 910105

1991 上野公園とその辺りの散策散歩 土曜日 Ueno Park Saturday Walkabout 910105
高尾駅 雪の日 ホームの様子 Takao Station Snowy Day Platform 180122

新宿駅 Shinjuku Station 180109

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 180112

上りエスカレーター Up Escalator 180118

Construction Site 180118n

山手線が遣って来る Yamanote Line Train Approaching 180119n

新宿駅 午後のホームの様子 Shinjuku Station Afternoon Platform 180119

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 180216

埼玉県浦和区北浦和の昼 平和通りとその辺り Heiwa Street - Saitama 180220

日本橋駅 壁の工事中 Nihonbashi Subway Wall - Construction 180223

大門駅 都営浅草線 ホームの様子 電車来るまで Daimon Station Toei-Asakusa Line 180223

泉岳寺駅-高輪台駅-五反田駅 都営浅草線 Sengakuji to Gotanda - Toei-Asakusa Line 180223

新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 180202

有楽町駅 ホームの様子 Yurakucho Station Platform View 180202

神田駅 山手線が来るまで待っている 京浜東北線の出発 Kanda Station Platform View 180216

山手線の隣に走っている In-Motion Yamanote Line Seen From Neighboring Train 180216

浦和駅-北浦和駅 京浜東北線 Urawa to Kita-Urawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 180220

武蔵浦和駅 武蔵野線が遣って来る Musashi-Urawa Station Platform View 180220

高田馬場駅-西武新宿駅 西武新宿線 Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku 180220

高田馬場 地上から地下へ Takadanobaba - From Street Level to Underground 180223

大手町駅-日本橋駅 東西線 Otemachi to Nihonbashi - Tozai Line 180223

大門駅-三田駅へ向かう 都営浅草線 Daimon Station Towards Mita - Toei-Asakusa Line 180223

三田駅-泉岳寺駅 都営浅草線 Mita to Sengakuji - Toei-Asakusa Line 180223

東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Tokyo to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 180216g

新宿駅へ向かう 景色と窓の反射 Shinjuku-Bound - Window View - Reflections Etc 180216g
1991 湯島天神の近く 夕方の散歩Yushima-Tenmangu Area Evening Walkabout 910105

1991 夜の散策散歩 湯島天神と神田明神から秋葉原まで Lonely Night Streets 910105

1991 秋葉原駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武線 Akihabara to Hibarigaoka 910105

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 910108

1991 夕暮れ池袋の散策散歩 Twilight Ikebukuro Walkabout 910108

1991 池袋駅-渋谷駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Shibuya - Yamanote Line 910108

1991 夜の渋谷 火曜日 Nighttime Shibuya on a Tuesday 910108

1991 夜の秋葉原と新自動改札口 Akihabara at Night 910105
電車々々々 夕方の東京 Evening Trains in Tokyo 180301

夜の交差点 Nighttime Intersection 180301

有楽町 寒がり人の為のプラスチックシート Plastic Sheeting 180301

品川駅, Outside Area Within Shinagawa Station 180303

西新宿 夜の短い散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Night Street 180306

西新宿 窓の反射と歩いている人々と夜の建物 Nishi-Shinjuku 180306

An Interesting Floor 180309

日本橋駅 Nihonbashi Platform Walk 180309n

九段下駅-飯田橋駅-神楽坂駅 東西線 Kudanshita to Kagurazaka - Tozai Line 180309n

Nighttime Look at New Office Tower Next to Hibiya Park 180301

新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 180309

有楽町駅 夕暮れホームの様子 Twilight Yurakucho Station Platform View 180309

京橋駅-日本橋駅へ 銀座線 Kyobashi Towards Nihonbashi - Ginza Line 180309n

日本橋駅-大手町駅-竹橋駅 東西線 Nihonbashi to Takebashi - Tozai Line 180309

西武新宿駅に到着 夜の西武新宿線 Arriving at Seibu-Shinjuku Station 180227

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 180301

新橋駅-東京駅 東海道線かな Shinbashi to Tokyo 180303g

大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line - Train Race 180309g

品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 180309g

田町駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Tamachi to Hamamatsucho - Train Race 180309g

浜松町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 180309g
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 25, 2017

"Sounds Within Near Silence" (171224-AM)

A melancholy, gray, drizzly morning.  After some weeks of avoiding silence by always having a radio on, or music playing, I left the radio off and wordlessly (internally and externally) looked around at my surroundings and out the window at the cold, winter outdoors.
As I walked over the tatami mats I became aware of the faint sound made by them, and other faint sounds, and the title of that old Simon and Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence" came to mind, and immediately I thought "Wait - that's not what this is... this is... 'sounds within silence;... but it's not silence if there are sounds, so... 'sounds within near silence'"............
Tokyo is not exactly a very quiet city, although I was told by a couple of visiting friends from Portugal (some years back) that they were surprised by how quiet Tokyo was.  I was genuinely surprised to hear that, and said "What do you mean?!" to which they explained that in Portugal, people honk their car horns a lot, and yell at friends across the street, etc.  "Ah... in that sense, yes, Tokyo is quiet, it's true..." I replied.  ...........

Staring at my computer screen, I find myself at a fork in the road regarding Tokyo and noise.  On the one hand, there is much I could say about how the attitudes to certain kinds of noise have changed over the decades here.  For example, I thought of what my Portuguese friends had said when I read an old guide book from the 1950s that commented on how noisy the streets of Tokyo were - with people constantly honking their car horns!  And on the other hand, I started writing this specifically to address the way the mind uses, perceives, and makes noise.
Regarding Tokyo, let me just quickly comment on how people here generally seem able to put up with any amount of noise out in public - most notably from incredibly loud train and train station announcements (which are often almost painfully loud), and yet tend to be hypersensitive about noise around their residences.  It seems like a contradiction, but I suppose the hypersensitivity to noise near where people live may be brought on by being noise-stressed when out in public, so when they get home, they don't want any outside noises intruding into their quiet space at home.

Anyway, back to noise within the brain.

Language is a wonderful thing - but it has caused us... (most of us?, all of us?, some of us?) to retrograde in some respects.  Before I learned a second language, I thought that thinking was basically having an internal voice talking, but I've come to realize (belatedly...) that words are not thoughts - they are just tools that (rather clumsily) attempt to convey thoughts.  As I leaned a second language (Japanese), this realization began to come into focus.  It was a fluid process, but three milestones come to mind:

M1 - For objects, I went from looking at - say - a tree, and simultaneously thinking an (internally) audible "tree" to there being a lag while I decided on which word tool to use "tree" or "木", and the realization began to form that thinking was something apart from words - something that comes before words.
M2 - In studying Japanese, I sometimes did a language exchange with people, where we'd go to a coffee shop (a type of coffee shop almost extinct now after the invasion of the Big Chain Stores) and agree on a time - typically one hour each, where I'd teach them English for one hour and they'd teach me Japanese for one hour.  In the beginning, it was definitely a better deal for the Japanese speaker, as even in the Japanese time, they had to explain things to me in English, so they were learning some English even then.  As I became more proficient in speaking Japanese, it started to be a better deal for me, as I was explaining things in Japanese during the English time.
   So - how to make it a fair exchange....  I came up with a simple system.  We'd decide on a time - three minutes seemed to work best - and we'd talk in one language, then the other, and back again - sometimes for hours.  Doing this absolutely fairly required a little willpower, and a certain kind of timer (standard on Casio digital watches at the time, but gone missing on modern models... I think, at least I couldn't find it on the newer models I tried), where the watch's timer auto-reset and commenced a new countdown even as it was beeping.  So it would start with 3:00, and then 2:29-2:28-2:27... 0:05-0:04-0:03-0:02-0:01-0:00 - where it would beep - and (with no pause) continue 0:00-2:59-2:58, etc.  Since the next countdown started exactly at the end of the previous countdown, each time block of three minutes was exactly three minutes.
   The rules (which is where the willpower comes in) were simple, but very important.  Actually... it's not even the plural "rules", but rather one simple, but Very Important rule - which was that during English Time, only English could be used, and during Japanese Time, only Japanese could be used.  During English, absolutely no Japanese, and during Japanese, absolutely no English.  An obvious issue with that system was what happens when you're in the middle of a sentence and the three-minutes-over! alarm goes off?  If you are speaking in Japanese when the "English Time!" alarm sounds and - even for a few seconds - you continue speaking in Japanese (to finish your sentence) the system is broken.  The answer?  Simple!  You change languages mid-sentence!  I suppose this sounds like it would be difficult, but actually, this immediate changeover requirement paradoxically kept us motivated to continue and made the exercise fun.  It was kind of like an ongoing challenge - "How smoothly can I go from one language to another even in mid-sentence..." which gave the exercise an energizing tension and pressure to perform well.
   Let me see if I can get a good example of a mid-sentence changeover on the screen/page here....:
   "I went to Shinjuku yesterday to buy a new camera-" [beep-beep!] "買おうと思ったけど、買いたいモデルは、ちょっと値段が高かった", etc.
  I did this fairly extensively with a few different people and one evening - after carrying on a conversation in this way for about three hours non-stop, I was saying something when I suddenly realized (momentarily) that I didn't even remember which language I was using!  I was using the correct language, but after three hours of speaking/listening to exactly half one language and half another, the feeling of using a specific language had mostly vanished and speaking was just speaking - in whichever language.
M-3 - Fast forward to a difficult moment in my life when a lot of complicated things were going on.  One night I went to a secluded spot (not an easy thing to do in Tokyo, by the way!) and tried to calm the raging storm of thoughts I was having.  I was going in circles, getting even more frustrated, when it occurred to me that the sloppiness of vocabulary within language was getting in the way of pure thought, so I made an effort to turn off the words.  I managed to, but it was kind of hard and I could only... just barely... do it by utilizing pictures.  I imagined one person after another of the various people in my life by seeing their faces as though looking at a photograph of them (or maybe a video clip where they were just standing either looking at me or off in another direction - without talking), and conceptually taking in the essence of each individual.  With the sophistry of the words out of the way, a calm came over me as I saw all of us as players standing on the stage of life - trying to make sense of things and getting on with our lives.  It was a picture of everyone on an adventure - as though moving through a mysterious forest... with no guarantees of anything working out, but nothing for it but to move ahead, doing the best each of us could.
   The conclusion?  "Life's an adventure. Get on with it. Just do your best."
And I suppose this morning was a kind of realization of Milestone-4?  Wordlessly taking in my surroundings without having had to turn the words off in the first place.  I suppose if someone goes without using words for too long, it becomes difficult to start using them again, but this is just the calm of consecutive days off during the holiday season and I'll be back into the fray of frequent talking (and other forms of word use) in January 2018.  "2018"... the number looks strange sitting there on the screen staring back at me.  Back to an old conclusion I suppose:  "Life's an adventure. Get on with it. Just do your best."

Lyle H Saxon
Tokyo - December 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

1990, 1991, & 2017 Tokyo - Here and There 171022

Lot's of video titles and the links to watch them.  I would like to put photos by each of the links, but too many things are competing for my time at the moment, so rather than put off posting these links any longer, I'll post them with just this one photo at the top.
1991 武蔵浦和駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武線 Musashi-Urawa to Hibarigaoka 910604

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りの散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910606

1991 手書き表札 25年前の値段 51年前 五分間 910607

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅 西武池袋線と埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910607

1991 西新宿元淀橋のお昼散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Lunchtime Walkabout 910607


玉川上水と西武国分寺線 170603

Constellation - Takanori Shinohara Exhibition - Nayuta Gallery 170602

Political Speech in Kokubunji - Quick View 国分寺駅前 170603

Two Freebie Things 170605

一橋学園駅隣 360度 Hitotsubashi Station-360 170601

踏切 細い横断 西武多摩湖線 一橋学園駅の近く Railway Pedestrian Crossing 170601

一橋学園駅-国分寺駅 西武多摩湖線 Hitotsubashigakuen to Kokubunji - Seibu-Tamako Line 170601

万世橋辺り 橋の下と橋の上 Under One Bridge and On Another 170603

Early Summer Day 御茶ノ水駅の近く 170603

御茶ノ水駅ホームの様子 Ochanomizu Station PlaRoots - Akiko Taguchi Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 170623

居酒屋 170609

Walking Down Stairs 170609

夕方新宿 Afternoon Shinjuku 170615

Aquarium Fish 170615

Evening Nishi-Shinjuku Street 170620

夜 下り列車の出発 西へ 170609

夜中の所沢駅 Midnight Tokorozawa Station 170609

Cool June Evening-1 六月の夕方 170620

Cool June Evening-2 六月の夕方 170620

涼しい六月の夜 Cool June Evening 170620

新宿駅 ホームの様子 山手線 Shinjuku Station Platform View 170609

夜 中央線を待っている Waiting for a Train at Night 170609g

夜中の西武線 所沢駅へ向かうと到着 Seibu Line 170609g

夜の散歩 新宿駅へ向かう 170620

御茶ノ水駅ホームの様子 Ochanomizu Station Platform View 170603

西武多摩湖線 狭い踏切 電車が通る Pedestrian Railway Crossing 170601

総武線が通る 御茶ノ水駅の近く One Warm June Day Near Ochanomizu Station 170603


1991 新都庁 東京都庁 望遠レンズの眺め 都庁の周り Visit to New Tocho Towers 910607

1991 西新宿の散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Friday Afternoon Walkabout 910607

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910607


Roots - Akiko Taguchi Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 170623

居酒屋 170609

Walking Down Stairs 170609

夕方新宿 Afternoon Shinjuku 170615

Aquarium Fish 170615

Evening Nishi-Shinjuku Street 170620

夜 下り列車の出発 西へ 170609

夜中の所沢駅 Midnight Tokorozawa Station 170609

Cool June Evening-1 六月の夕方 170620

Cool June Evening-2 六月の夕方 170620

涼しい六月の夜 Cool June Evening 170620

新宿駅 ホームの様子 山手線 Shinjuku Station Platform View 170609

夜 中央線を待っている Waiting for a Train at Night 170609g

夜中の西武線 所沢駅へ向かうと到着 Seibu Line 170609g

夜の散歩 新宿駅へ向かう 170620


1991 朝の新宿 動くない景色です Shinjuku Morning Skyline 910608

1991 最終上り西武線 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Last Inbound Train 910607

1991 最終電車辺りの池袋駅 Ikebukuro Station Near Closing Time 910607

1991 夜中の新宿駅 最終電車後 新宿東口 金曜日の夜 Midnight Shinjuku Station 910607

1991 夜中の新宿 東口など Midnight Shinjuku - East Side 910607

1991 最終山手線 金曜日 池袋駅-新宿駅 Last Yamanote Line to Shinjuku 910607


高尾山ケーブルカー 高尾山駅-清滝駅 Takao Cable Car - Takaozan to Kiyotaki 170710

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 Takaosanguch to Takao - Keio Line 170710

夜と電車 渋谷区新宿駅近く Trains in the Night 170627

夜の東京駅と丸の内風景 Tokyo Station and Marunouchi at Night 170630

東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町-田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinagawa 170707


1991 朝の歌舞伎町 土曜日 Early Morning Kabukicho 910608

1991 土曜日朝の新宿駅 Early Morning Shinjuku Station 910608

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅 山手線 土曜日朝 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro Saturday Morning 910608

1991 池袋駅 土曜日の朝早く Early Saturday Ikebukuro 910608

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 土曜日の朝 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 910608

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya 910608

1991 東急渋谷駅-自由が丘駅 東急東横線 Toyoko Line - Shibuya to Jiyugaoka 910608

1991 自由が丘駅 土曜日 Jiyugaoka Station - Saturday Afternoon 910608

1991 自由が丘駅から九品仏駅までの散策散歩 Jiyugaoka to Kuhonbutsu Station 910608

1991 九品仏駅-自由が丘駅-日吉駅 大井町線と東横線 Kuhonbutsu to Hiyoshi 910608

1991 日吉駅-自由が丘駅-二子玉川園駅-あざみ野駅 Hiyoshi to Azamino 910608

1991 自由が丘駅 土曜日の夜遅く Midnight Jiyugaoka Station 910608

1991 あざみ野駅辺り 夜中散策散歩 Azamino Station Area Midnight Walkabout 910608

1991 あざみ野駅辺り 朝の散策散歩 Azamino Station Area Morning Walkabout 910609

1991 あざみ野駅 日曜日の朝 Azamino Station - Entrance Gates to Platform 910609

1991 あざみ野駅-渋谷駅 田園都市線 Azamino to Shibuya - Den-en-toshi Line 910609

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910610

1991 池袋駅東口からの散策散歩 Ikebukuro East Side Walkabout 910610

1991 渋谷駅辺り 日曜日 Shibuya Daytime Station Area 910609

1991 渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武池袋線 日曜日 Shibuya to HIbarigaoka 910609


高田馬場駅-西部新宿駅 西武新宿線 Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku 170711

虎ノ門三丁目の古い家 Old Houses in Toranomon 170723

地下鉄の高田馬場駅 電車が遣って来る Takadanobaba Subway Station 170723

丸ノ内線 Entering Tunnel from Yotsuya Station - Marunouchi Line 170724

新聞の自動販売機 Newspaper Vending Machine 170727

神田駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 夕方窓風景 Kanda to Ochanomizu 170718

中央線 窓風景 新宿駅まで 左側 Chuo Window View to Shinjuku 170718

四ッ谷駅 電車の到着 Yotsuya Station Train Arrivals 170723

四ッ谷駅ホームからの見回り Look-around from Yotsuya Station Platform 170724

秋葉原駅 ホームの様子 Akihabara - Waiting for a Train 170725

一橋学園駅-国分寺駅 西武多摩湖線 Hitotsubashi-Gakuen to Kokubunji 170727

東京駅前八重洲口バス乗り場 Bus Area by Tokyo Station 170718

夕暮れの西新宿 元淀橋 Nishi-Shinjuku Twilight 170718g


1991 昼の東京駅 Lunchtime Tokyo Station 910610

1991 池袋駅-東京駅 昼の山手線 Ikebukuro to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 910610

1991 東京中央郵便局 Tokyo Central Post Office 910610

1991 日本橋お昼の散策散歩 Nihonbashi Lunchtime Walkabout 910610

1991 東京駅-池袋駅-池袋-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tokyo to Hibarigaoka 910610

1991 ひばりが丘散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910611

1991 A Couple of Drink Cans 910610

1991 朝のひばりが丘散歩 Morning Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910613

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅-祐天寺駅 Hibarigaoka to Yutenji 910615

1991 夜の祐天寺 Nighttime Yutenji 910615

1991 朝の祐天寺 雨の日 Morning Yutenji - Rainy Day 910616

1991 祐天寺駅-渋谷駅 東横線 Yutenji to Shibuya - Toyoko Line 910616

1991 渋谷駅-吉祥寺駅 井の頭線 Shibuya to Kichijoji - Inokashira Line 910616

1991 武蔵野市の雨散策散歩 吉祥寺駅からスタート Kichijoji Walkabout 910616

1991 渋谷駅 日曜日の朝 Shibuya Station - From JR to the Inokashira Line 910616


1990 白山夜散策散歩 池袋駅まで Night Walk to Ikebukuro 900815

1990 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 900815

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-品川駅 西武線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 900817

1990 池袋駅で乗り換え 西武線からJR線まで Busy Ikebukuro Station 900817

1990 品川駅 Shinagawa Station 900817

1990 品川の夏散策散歩 品川駅からスタート 高輪 白金台 恵比寿 Shinagawa Walkabout 900817

1990 夜の恵比寿の散策散歩 Ebisu Nighttime Walk 900817

1990 夜バス 恵比寿から田町まで 田町駅前 Bus - Ebisu to Tamachi 900817

1990 田町の夜散策散歩 Tamachi Nighttime Lookaround 900817

1990 田町駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tamachi to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 900817

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅-町田駅-新宿駅-原宿駅 Ikebukuro Shinjuku Machida Harajuku 900822

1990 八月野球 明治神宮野球場 August Baseball Game 900822

1990 竹下通り散策散歩 原宿 Takeshita-Dori 900822

1990 原宿 表参道と神宮前の散策散歩 Harajuku Omotesando Etc 900822

1990 ひばりが丘 駅辺り 北口と南口 Hibarigaoka - North and South Sides 900406

1990 東海道線 品川駅 品川西口散歩 Shinagawa Station Views 900405

1990 品川駅高輪口有人改札の精算 Shinagawa Manual Ticket Gate 900405

1990 有人改札 新宿駅 小田急線 朝の通勤ラッシュ 900409

1990 神田駅と神田の夕方散策散歩 Kanda - Evening Look 900406

1990 秋葉原駅と秋葉原の散策散歩 Akihabara Station Area Lookaround 900406

1990 朝の新宿 西口駅辺りの散策散歩 Shinjuku West Side Morning Walkabout 900409

1990 朝通勤ラッシュ 池袋駅内と池袋駅-新宿駅 新宿駅内 Morning Rush - Ikebukuro and Shinjuku 900409

1990 山手線 前向き 新宿駅-田町駅 Yamanote Line Shinjuku to Tamachi 900409

1990 新橋SL広場 Quick View of Shinbashi SL-Plaza 900409n

1990 夜の渋谷散歩 Nighttime Shibuya Stroll 900409

1990 忙しい池袋駅 Busy Ikebukuro Station 900410

1990 夜の西新宿 Nighttime Nishi-Shinjuku 900410

1990 埼京線 池袋駅-新宿駅 Saikyo Line - Ikebukuro to Shinjuku 900410


1991 西武池袋線 ひばりヶ丘駅 ひばりが丘 Hibarigaoka 910822

1991 ひばりが丘北 910828

1991 Instantaneous Water Heater 910828

1991 東京駅 八月のお昼過ぎ Tokyo Station Just After Lunch 910828

1991 南浦和駅と駅辺りと 浦和市文化センターまで Minami-Urawa Walkabout 910828

1991 東京駅-南浦和駅 京浜東北線 Tokyo to Minami-Urawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅までの散策散歩 Walk to Musashi-Urawa Station 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅 武蔵野線 103系 Musashi-Urawa Station - Musashino Line 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅-南浦和駅-川口駅 103系 Musashi-Urawa to Minami-Urawa to Kawaguchi 910828

1991 川口駅 川口の夕方と夜 散策散歩 Kawaguchi Walkabout Evening to Night 910828

1991 川口駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Kawaguchi to Hibarigaoka 910828

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-五反田駅-西馬込駅 Hibarigaoka to Nishi-Magome 910829

1991 西馬込駅-五反田駅 都営浅草線 Nishi-Magome to Gotanda 910829


1990 昼の田町と夜の本郷三丁目駅辺り 他 Tamachi と Hongosanchome Etc 900618

1990 田町商店街 お昼ちょっと過ぎ Tamachi Shotengai 900620

1990 一日 電車と車と株販売所 彼方此方の散策散歩 Trains and Stocks Etc 900619

1990 田町駅からの長い散策散歩 神谷町駅まで Tamachi to Kamiyacho Walkabout 900620

1990 神谷町駅-茅場町駅-門前仲町 日比谷線と東西線 Kamiyacho to Monzen-nakacho 900620

1990 門前仲町駅からの散策散歩 万年橋他 Monzen-nakacho Walkabout 900620

1990 田町散策散歩 Tamachi Walkabout 900621

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinjuku - Yamanote Line 900621

1990 西新宿の夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout 900621


1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 910718

1991 池袋駅から東口の郵便局へと帰り Ikebukuro East Side - Post Office Etc 910718

1991 池袋駅-五反田駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Gotanda - Yamanote Line 910718

1991 五反田午後の散歩 Gotanda Afternoon Stroll 910718

1991 五反田駅-西馬込駅 都営浅草線 Gotanda to Nishi-Magome - Asakusa Line 910718

1991 ひばりが丘-西武バス-武蔵境駅-奥多摩駅と山など Trip to Okutama Etc 910719

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910718

1991 南馬込の散策散歩 五丁目他 Minami-Magome Walkabout 910718

1991 西馬込駅-五反田駅-新宿駅 山手線 Nishi-Magome to Shinjuku 910718g

1991 西新宿の夕方散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Walkabout 910718

1991 多摩川 氷川キャンプ場 奥多摩駅 Hikawa Camping Ground Etc 910720

1991 奥多摩駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Okutama to Hibarigaoka 910720

1991 夕暮れのひばりが丘北 Twilight Hibarigaoka-kita 910720

1991 夜上り西武池袋線 ひばりヶ丘駅から Inbound Night Train 910720


1990 下町から秋葉原駅まで散策散歩 Shitamachi Walkabout to Akihabara 900731

1990 秋葉原駅-神田駅 京浜東北線 Akihabara to Kanda - Keihin-Tohoku Line 900731

1990 神田駅から日本橋への散策散歩 Kanda to Nihonbashi Walkabout 900731

1990 地下通路と三越前駅 Underground Slalom 900731

1990 池袋駅前 東口 火曜日の夜 Ikebukuro East Side Quick Night View 900731

1990 夜のひばりヶ丘駅とひばりが丘北 火曜日 Nighttime Hibarigaoka Station 900731

1990 池袋駅 火曜日の夜 Ikebukuro Station - Tuesday Night 900731

1990 三越前駅-大手町駅-池袋駅 半蔵門駅と丸ノ内線 Mitsukoshi-mae to Ikebukuro 900731

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅-町田駅-町田 Hibarigaoka to Machida 900801

1990 町田駅辺り 昼の散策散歩 Machida Lunchtime Walkabout 900801

1990 小田急ロマンスカー 町田駅-新宿駅 Machida to Shinjuku RC 900801

1990 池袋駅-田町駅 山手線 田町のお昼 Ikebukuro to Tamachi 900802

1990 東中野駅辺り-東中野駅-新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Higashi-Nakano to Hibarigaoka 900801


1991 高崎 一日の散策散歩 雨の日 Takasaki Long Walkabout 910914

1991 高崎駅-赤羽駅-新宿駅-渋谷駅-日吉駅 Takasaki to Hiyoshi 910914

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東横線 山手線 西武池袋線 夜の電車 910914

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅-綱島駅 Hibarigaoka to Tsunashima 910920

1991 綱島駅辺りの散策散歩 東横線 Tsunashima Station Area Walkabout 910920

1991 綱島駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tsunashima to Hibarigaoka 910920

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-西日暮里駅-北千住駅 Hibarigaoka to Kita-Senju 910921

1991 北千住駅から散歩の出発 Walkabout from Kita-Senju Station 910921

1991 北千住駅近くから西新井駅まで 足立区の下町散策散歩 荒川など Adachi-ku Walkabout 19910921

1991 王子駅辺りの散策散歩 Oji Station Area Walkabout 910921

1991 バスで西新井駅前から王子駅前まで Bus to Oji 910921

1991 王子駅-東京駅-川崎駅 京浜東北線と東海道線 Oji-Tokyo-Kawasaki 910921

1991 川崎駅辺りの散策散歩 Kawasaki Station Area Walkabout 910921

1991 川崎駅-品川駅-大崎駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東海道線 山手線 西武池袋線 910921


Out in Western Tokyo 170920

八王子駅からバスを20分乗る 20 Minute Hachioji Bus Ride 170920

八王子駅へ入る Entering Hachioji Station 170920

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

No Communication other than Distant...

   I'm still trying to conceptually comprehend the behavior of people almost completely tuning out the people they are in close physical proximity to while they stay in constant text contact with people oceans away via smartphones.  I can't claim complete innocence in this matter, as I spend a bit of time myself writing to people far away (as I am now), however, I still feel like it's good to have some verbal exchanges with people I'm working with and two of the contract positions I have provide an interesting contrast.
   Contract Position #1: Very little smartphone usage - in fact, several of the people I'm working with (myself included) don't even have smartphones and the ones who do usually leave them in their bags.  We don't always have much to say to each other, but since we're not tuned into distant somebodies, when something comes up, we (get ready, I know this is shocking and hard to believe)... we actually *talk* to each other.
   Contract Position #2: Some of the people I have to sit near are in nearly constant electronic text contact with someone far away and even if you say something to them, they just ignore you.  If they're working and their smartphone beckons, they drop their work, pick up their smartphone and respond immediately.  Wouldn't want that someone across the Pacific Ocean to have to wait a microsecond for a response.  Someone they're actually working with in reality?  Ignored.  Frozen out of the loop.  I'll be honest - I'm insulted.  I'm insulted, but I'm also puzzled.  I spend time on-line myself, but when I'm with people, I give the people I'm with priority and turn the bloody devices off.  But not late-twenties people.  Nothing is more important than their bloody smartphones and distant electronic buddies.
   This is anger speaking I suppose, but I'm actually starting to think I hate people in their late-twenties.  I'm hoping to meet some people in that age group who aren't addicted to toxic hand cream and distant electronic communication priority and snubbing the people they are actually with so I won't condemn an entire age group.  Just rotten luck, I'm hoping.  It can't be that an entire age group is so self-centered, rude, and myopic... can it?  (As I typed "can it"? the toxic hand cream came out again....)


Toxic Stinking Hand Creams...

   I suppose it's just a coincidence, but it seems like all the women I work with who are from 26-29 years old are smearing on hand creams several times a day.  What typically happens is this:  I begin work just thinking about what I have to do on the screen, and after a certain amount of time passes, one of these mid-to-late twenties women around me pulls out some hand cream, and then proceeds to lather it all over both sides of their hands (typically spending 45-60 seconds on this process).  As they work the toxic goo all over their hands, the air is filled with a noxious, horrible smell, my eyes start burning, and it becomes difficult to do my work.  After 20-30 minutes, the toxicity dies down enough that my eyes begin to not hurt so much and I can resume working normally... until, that is, one of this category of bipeds pulls out their bloody horrible-smelling noxious toxic hand cream again and poisons the air all over again.
   Smoking and noxious hand creams should both be illegal.
   And, while I'm on the topic, these same mid-to-late twenties women I work with generally can't keep their hands off their smartphones (for personal use, not business) for more than five or ten minutes or so.
   Must just be coincidence, but that's how things are around me this year.  I suppose I should have written this with gender-free vocabulary, but with the people around me, it really is one side that is toxicating the air with hand creams and constantly texting when they should be working....  It's bloody irritating.


Monday, August 21, 2017

1990-91 Various Scenes いろいろ...

I would have liked to clearly identify specifically where all of these were taken, but I tossed these images into a folder over several months and since a bit of time has passed, some of them I'll skip mentioning the location of (rather than guess and maybe get it wrong).  Most of these are from 1991, but some are from 1990.  Either way, they're from the same general era.
Akabane Station - before they elevated all the tracks.  I always found this scene out of the window of a train I often used fascinating.  Structurally, there are other places like this, but generally you don't see the platforms so clearly stacked one over the other the way they are in this picture.
This scene was more interesting in motion.  I took this from a train running in parallel with another train, with the lights of Shinjuku in the background as both trains rapidly approached Shinjuku Station.
Hibarigaoka Station...  This platform looks very different today since they reconstructed the whole station.  Taken at the very beginning of the Heisei Era, this view is basically a Showa Era scene.
Typical way to have a quick and inexpensive lunch - although the atmosphere of new ones seems a little different from when I took this at the beginning of the nineties....
This counter (in Shinjuku Station, near the south exit) always looked like an American style diner to me and I think that was the idea.  I always intended to eat there sometime, but tended to be in a hurry each time I passed it, and so had to just keep walking.
Before pocket-size computers ("smartphones"), on trains you generally either looked out the windows or read text on paper.  An important element of travel at this time was that while you were on the train, you couldn't be reached.  If you wanted to be reached, that could be a frustrating thing, but it was often Very Nice to relax and look out the window, knowing you were free from interference from anyone not on the train, and (from a modern point-of-view) free from people accusingly confronting you later in the day with complaints along the lines of: "I sent you a text message this morning... why didn't you respond in two microseconds?"
Construction in the background - Tokyo seems as though it's in a perpetual state of reconstruction, so some structure being built in the background becomes a normal part of what you see just about anywhere in the city you happen to be in.
There's a stance women sometimes take where they look a bit like the kanji character for women: 女 and I thought the woman at the end of the platform looked that way, so took a quick picture just before the train arrived.
While modern cameras have ever higher resolution, since people are increasingly then going into the photo and blanking out identifiable details (store names, faces, etc.), what's the point of taking pictures in high resolution?  Often I think it's better to just take low-resolution pictures in the first place.
The other thing about the pre-cell phone era(s), is that when you were with someone, you were actually with them.  Once everyone started carrying cell phones, typically people tune out the people they are actually with in favor of someone far away - connected to them via information flow via the electronic device.
Responding to crowded conditions during the commuting period, the system has been expanded (more trains, more routes, some new lines, and more connecting trains - so you don't have to transfer as much).
These were very early days for electronic moving image recording (analog, but still electronic), so a fair amount of light was required for very clear pictures.  That said, I often like the atmosphere of some of the dark images I took back then.  And... the lighting actually was less intense then than now.  Lighting tends to be Very Bright these days (often much too bright, in my opinion).
The old machines they used for issuing train passes where quite complicated!
It was around this time that they became stricter about bicycle parking.  These days you (usually anyway) don't see bicycles parked here and there, in whatever space someone could find as they rushed to the station....
自転車 自転車 自転車
It's taken me a long time to figure out specific details of why I liked/like the old train carriages better than the new ones, but the main two issues are air quality (vastly superior in the older type, with many air vents, openable windows, and general leakage through the old type windows (a kind of accidental ventilation system) - and better quality light.  Most new trains are using LED lighting that is very harsh and much brighter than is comfortable.
Materials are important.  With wood and steel being much more atmospheric than plastic.  The long wooden benches (see below) were nice, but are almost nonexistent now.
I don't know what the woman in front of me was looking at (below), but it wasn't a smartphone.  Probably she was reading a book (the paper kind).  Once you get used to the rush-rush-rush of going about in Tokyo, you just keep reading something while the train comes in and then stop reading just long enough to board the train.
Tokyo Station is becoming (of course) ever more modern.  In 1991, I always felt a connection with the past while at Tokyo Station, but while they reconstructed the station in the old style (which is nice), the general feeling of the station is New.
Taken before they moved the Chuo Line over and up (to enable expansion of the Shinkansen part of the station).  Looking at these pictures now, I realize how much of the Showa Era was still remaining.  The atmosphere is Very Different now....
In 1991, if you wanted to read something on the train, the only way was text on paper.
Fast disappearing even back then, some stations still have wooden beams holding up wooden roofs.  I can't complain about modern roofs, but ones made of steel and wood are certainly more atmospheric than ones made with more synthetic materials.
Part of the dark effect in these pictures is due to the weakness of early era image sensors, but the stations really were much less brightly lit then.  They're so brightly lit now, you almost need sunglasses on them....
Not sure anyone cares what I was listening to - but back then I always walked around with Japanese language tapes playing, with a Japanese (vocal) song here and there on the tape to break up the monotony of always listening to voice recordings.
People standing and reading things in front of book stores was a common sight back then.  Now people tend to read everything on their smartphones and there are fewer and fewer bookstores.
One thing I definitely like better about 2017 than 1991 is they have widened many sidewalks, and that is definitely a good thing.  Many of the sidewalks were really narrow and very frustrating to walk on if you were in a hurry....
The buses I rode at at the time had wooden floors.  I didn't think about it much at the time, but recently (when I see pictures like this one again), I find myself wondering why they used wood.  Good strength to weight ratio maybe?
Since getting in touch with people via the telephone (while outside) meant using a public phone, it was second nature to make a mental note of where they were, and when one was open, grab the chance to call someone.
Walking down the street in Ikebukuro.  Actually... this scene is pretty much the same now, although several new buildings have gone up on the right side of the road.
The old shotengai streets... I've always liked the atmosphere on them, and find I miss them more and more as they disappear.
The woman on the left of the picture (standing behind me) may well be thinking "What in the world is he doing anyway?".  I was often asked that back then - "What are you doing?"  Most people didn't take their own pictures back then.
I used to make regular stops at Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku (and Bic Camera in Ikebukuro) to buy tape - audio cassette tape, 8mm tape (for my video camera), and VHS tape for a home video deck (to watch rental movies on and record TV shows, etc.)  I never suspected that tape would so soon become an Ancient Technology!  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to see it go, as it was so fragile, but it's still a little strange to think how such a normal part of life at the time is now ancient history.
Nishi-Shinjuku... many detail changes, but it's more or less similar to this 1991 picture.  Oh, going back to tape - there was one detail about tape that I really liked.  Within a two hour tape, you could take as many scenes as you liked, so it was easier to have high scene counts back then.  I would prefer to still be taking video that way, but the equipment (and software) I have now dictate that one video is one scene.  That's not all bad, but it's no good when you want to do a walkabout and compress five or six hours of walking around into one high-scene-count video of 45 minutes or so....
To be honest, I've used some out-of-focus stuff from auto-focus cameras before that (accidentally) turned out looking interesting, but with the analog cameras I used back then, I very quickly gave up on auto-focus (mainly due to it being way too slow for my purposes), so this (below) was by design.  I had to mentally project for color though, as the (CRT!) display was in black and white.
Shinjuku Station - looking at this now I remember the feeling of so many places in the city as having a mix of the new Heisei Era and the just ended Showa Era.  Looking at this picture now, I get that feeling again....
Another shotengai street.  I didn't think about them in detail before, but while the system of there being many small shops and not many big ones did lead to higher prices, they also led to lower crime rates and a much friendlier feeling in neighborhoods throughout Japan....
And that's the last picture in this batch.  This particular combination came about yesterday as I was looking through about 5,000 images.  Just going through (even rapidly) 5,000 images takes a bit of time, so I couldn't (time-wise) carefully categorize things and just grabbed images from here and there (within the batch of 5,000) that stood out to me.  Basically kind of thinking "Who knows if I'll ever actually have the time to do this properly... so let me at least toss a few of the images I particularly like on-line."   ......  And here we are!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon