Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You Can/Can’t Go Back

October 11th, 2016

“You Can/Can’t Go Back”
   After seeing some old work acquaintances in a 26-year-old video I took, and finding myself near where we worked together back in 1990, I decided to drop by and see if there was anyone there I knew from before.
   I should have known better....  The building was still there (not to be taken for granted in permanently evolving Tokyo!), and it was much the same inside (with some notable exceptions), but where there were once many familiar faces, not a single one of them was still there.  I spoke briefly with a young employee, which resulted in my feeling old via the difference of a full generation between us.
   If I decide to pour some time and effort into looking, I suppose I might be able to find an aging manager off in another branch of the company somewhere, but....
   So... what’s my conclusion?  That you can go back, but you better not expect anyone you knew to still be there.

- Lyle

Monday, August 29, 2016

1990 Nishi-Nippori, 1991 Togoshi-Ginza, 1993 Maebashi, and 2016 Chuo Tokyo Etc.

I would like to make much more regular posts detailing videos, but this type of huge batch after several months seems to be becoming the norm.  So many projects I'd like to be regularly doing and so little time to do them in....
   Well, that's just life I guess.
   About the photographs on this page - some are scenes from the videos, others are a little different, but related, and some are entirely unrelated to the content of the video links they are near, so pay attention to video titles before clicking.
大崎駅-恵比寿駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅 埼京線快速川越行き Osaki to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 160519

Kitchen details in the newer half of the Okuno Building (formerly a residence building called "Ginza Apartments"):

1934 Structure Details 160520

One of the original cool wooden doors (with vents on the top and bottom) in the older half of the Okuno Building - in its unpainted original varnish - very rare!:

1932 Structure Details 160604
Stairs 160604

御茶ノ水駅 中央線がやって来る Ochanomizu Station - Platform View 160520

New Onsen Next to Takaosanguchi Station - Train and Platform View 160523
Silver and Green Train Departing Takao Station - Keio Line 160523

View of people walking upstairs at Takao Station and then across a couple of tracks and then downstairs (to get to another platform):

Up and Down 160523

Yurakucho Plaza - Quick View 有楽町駅前 160604

New tower going up next to where the old Sanshin Building was... it looks as though they could have still built the tower without tearing down that very cool old building.  It would have been really cool to still have the Sanshin Building sitting next to the tower...:
Windy Day - Tower Construction 160604

As for the Sanshin Building - here's what it looked like (not my video):

東京駅 山手線のホームの様子 Tokyo Station - Yamanote Platform View 160520

山手線 東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町駅-田町駅-品川駅 Tokyo to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 160520
品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote Line 160520

Very Cool Takaosanguchi Station 高尾山口駅 160523

高尾山口駅-高尾山駅 京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao - Keio Line 160523

A spot of very welcome green in summertime Akihabara:

秋葉原のオアシス 160604

Yurakucho Izakaya Zone in the Afternoon 有楽町 160604
有楽町駅へ向かう Walking to Yurakucho Station 160604

有楽町駅 ホームの様子 Yurakucho Station Platform View 160604g

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 160604
By 1993, my analog video cameras were about worn out and out of warranty, so I didn't use them much.  Aside from worrying about completely breaking them, they were occasionally eating tapes, making recording meaningless when tapes were ruined.  So while these 1993 clips are short and jump confusingly from place to place, I personally value them for their rarity - I don't have much material from 1993....

1993 彼方此方 石神井公園 池袋など Here and There Shakujikoen Etc 930109

1993 ひばりが丘 Hibarigaoka 930116

1993 彼方此方 おとめ山公園など Otomeyama-koen と Tokyo Suburbia Etc 930117

1993 西武線と中央線と彼方此方 Here and There Seibu Line と Chuo Line Etc 930124

1993 神田神保町 古書店 御茶ノ水駅辺り 彼方此方など Kanda-Jinbocho Used Book Store Area Etc 930130

1993 土曜日朝早く Early One Saturday 930131

1993 彼方此方 六本木 有楽町など Here and There - Roppongi Etc 930204

1993 中央東京のマンション 彼方此方など Central Tokyo Condominium Towers Etc 930205

1993 ひばりヶ丘駅-前橋駅 Hibarigaoka to Maebashi 930206
In spite of my comment just up the page about my 1993 material being short and unfocused - this Maebashi trip was in the old style - like the walkabout trips I took in 1991.  Come to think of it - another reason I was taking less in Tokyo was that I started to feel like "I've taken video of this train ride so many times already... what's the point in taking more?" - which was reinforced by not wanting to unnecessarily wear the machines down.

1993 前橋散策散歩 Maebashi Walkabout 930206

1993 前橋駅-高崎駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅 Maebashi to Ikebukuro 930206

1993 高崎駅辺り 夜の様子 Takasaki Station Area at Night 930206

1993 MacWorld Expo Tokyo (木曜日) Makuhari-Messe 幕張メッセ 930211

1993 銀座中央通り歩行者天国 Ginza Chuo-dori on National Holiday 930211

1993 京葉線と彼方此方色々 A Few Random Scenes 930211
Jumping to 2016...

御徒町駅-上野駅 京浜東北線 Okachimachi to Ueno - Keihin-Tohoku Line 160610

上中里駅-王子駅 京浜東北線 Kami-Nakazato to Oji - Keihin-Tohoku Line 160610

王子駅隣の330度 Oji Station Area Quick 330 160610

南北線 ホームの様子 Nanboku Line Platform View 160610

池袋駅隣 山手線が通る Ikebukuro Station Area - Passing Yamanote Line 160614

池袋峡谷 Ikebukuro Canyon 160614
Exit Update - Shinjuku Station Bus Terminal Side 新宿駅新南改札 160614

新宿駅 夕方山手線ホームの様子 Shinjuku Station Yamanote Line Platform View 160614g

In this quick view by the New South Exit of Shinjuku Station, you can see the big "Shinjuku" sign that I thought was a permanent exhibition, but had been replaced by some silly character thing when I went by there last week.  If I had known they were going to take that away so quickly, I would have properly recorded it....  Oh well, such is life in Perpetual Change Tokyo!

新宿駅隣 南向き 160614

新宿駅隣 公園見たいな場所 160614

夜下り中央線の窓風景 Nighttime Chuo Line 160614
御茶ノ水駅 太陽光と影と電車 Ochanomizu Station Platform View 160617

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅-東京駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Tokyo - Chuo Line 160617

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 - Yamanote Line 160617

東京駅 山手線のホーム Zero Marker at Tokyo Station - Yamanote Line 160617

東京駅 隣ホームの電車が出発 Tokyo Station Platform View 160617

Park Monsters 160628
高尾山駅-清滝駅 高尾山ケーブルカー Takao to Kiyotaki - Takao Cable Car 160620

清滝駅-高尾山駅 高尾山ケーブルカー Kiyotaki to Takao - Takao Cable Car 160620

池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 160621

A very short view of several trains running simultaneously in Shinjuku:

Trains Trains Trains 新宿の夜 160621

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 160624
A view of the new type of Yamanote Line (at the next platform).  I've yet to ride in one of them.  I guess they're being introduced very gradually:

E235 Series Yamanote Line Train at Okachimachi 御徒町駅で見たE235系山手線 160624

夕方御徒町駅 ホームの様子 Afternoon Okachimachi Station - Platform View 160624

御徒町駅 懐かしい部分 Nostalgic Section of Okachimachi Station 160624

Old Manual Door Elevator 昔のエレベーター 160628

A Couple of Old Wooden Buildings in Central Tokyo 160628
Taxi Window View-1 160628

Just nighttime car window views, but as I very rarely ride in cars in Tokyo these days, it was an unusual experience for me.

Taxi Window View-2 160628

Taxi Window View - Shinjuku 160628

Taxi Window View-3 160628
雨の夜 高田馬場駅に到着 Rain Arrival at Takadanobaba - Yamanote Line 160624

夜高田馬場駅 ホームの様子 Nighttime Takadanobaba Station Platform 160624

Afternoon Yamanote Line 午後の山手線 160628

鶯谷駅-上野駅-御徒町駅-秋葉原駅-神田駅-東京駅_山手線 Uguisudani to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 160628
Back to 1993...

1993 東京彼方此方池袋など Ikebukuro Etc 930213

1993 西武池袋線 窓からの風景 Seibu-Ikebukuro Line Window View 930220

1993 東京彼方此方中野など Nakano Etc 930220

1993 Red Arrow Express Passing Hibarigaoka Station 930222

1993 Two Trains and a Bus 930222

1993 東京彼方此方新宿まで Shinjuku Etc 930212

1993 夕方西新宿 Evening Nishi-Shinjuku 930212
1993 東京彼方此方幕張メッセまで Ride out to Makuhari Messe 930212

This one is sort of historic I suppose - showing the 1993 MacWorld Exhibition.  I notice it seems to always be referred to as the "MacWorld Expo" these days, but the sign at the venue at the time said "MacWorld Exhibition" spelling the complete word out.  Computers are just an ordinary part of life now, but they were still something fairly novel in 1993:

1993 MacWorld Expo (金曜日) Makuhari-Messe 幕張メッセ 930212

And then a couple of years further back - to 1991...

1991 がらがらの夜上り西武池袋線 池袋駅手前 Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 910720

1991 池袋駅 土曜日の夜 Ikebukuro Station Saturday Night 910720

1991 池袋駅-新宿駅-渋谷駅 夜の山手線 Ikebukuro to Shibuya - Yamanote Line 910720

1991 東急渋谷駅 Tokyu-Shibuya Station 910720

1991 東急渋谷駅-日吉駅 東横線 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 910720

1991 日吉駅 1991年の工事中 Hiyoshi Station Under Construction 910720

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 910720

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-宮原駅 Hibarigaoka to Miyahara 910721
Returning to 2016...

I originally took this to show someone some details of the Okuno Building - and hadn't intended to post it - but after watching it, I thought it might be of interest to some people, so...:

奥野ビル お急ぎの数ポイント 2016年7月

渋谷駅東口の見回り 工事現場など 2016年 Shibuya 160712
10nintoiro (十人十色) by Audrey (オードリー) 2016年

Yurakucho-SB - Quick Look 160715
有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Tokyo to Yurakucho - Keihin-Tohoku Line 160715
有楽町駅 改札口からホームまで Yurakucho Station - Ticket Gates to Platform 160715
有楽町の金曜日夜 Friday Night in Yurakucho 160715
Construction 160712
新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho 160705
Passing Trains in Shinjuku 新宿 160712
Construction-2 160712
Last Remnant of Tokyu-Shibuya Station 160712
新宿南口-1 Shinjuku Minami-guchi 160712
新宿南口-2_Shinjuku Minami-guchi 160712
20-30 years ago, this was a backstreet area frequented by locals, but it's becoming more and more of a theme-park-like tourist attraction, with (at times) most of the customers being tourists getting a dose of a side of Tokyo that is nearly extinct.  Not a criticism, exactly - just a comment on the ravages of time....

Tourist Spot 160712
Last Remnant of Tokyu-Shibuya Station 160712

有楽町広場 Yurakucho Square 160715
Tunnel Through Construction Zone in Shibuya 160712
渋谷駅 山手線がやって来る Yamanote Line Arriving at Shibuya 160712
渋谷駅-原宿駅 山手線 Shibuya to Harajuku - Yamanote Line 160712

And back to 1991... I've been bouncing back and forth from the present year to 1991 for several years now.  It feels a bit weird at times.  Like there's this other planet called "1991" where things don't change.  Like a place you return to your dreams?  Something...:

1991 宮原夏祭り Miyahara Natsu-matsuri 910721

1991 宮原夕方散策散歩 Miyahara Evening Walkabout 910721

1991 夜の宮原駅 Nighttime Miyahara Station 910721

1991 宮原駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Miyahara to Hibarigaoka at Night 910721

1991 五反田駅で都営浅草線から山手線までの乗り換え Toei to JR at Gotanda 910722

1991 五反田駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Gotanda to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 910722

1991 ひばりが丘の散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910722

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-五反田駅 西武線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Gotanda 910722

1991 五反田駅辺り散策散歩 Gotanda Walkabout 910722

1991 都営地下鉄 1991年の回数券 Toei Batch Tickets 910722

1991 五反田駅-西馬込駅 都営浅草線 Gotanda to Nishi-Magome - Asakusa Line 910722

1991 西馬込駅からの散歩 西馬込と南馬込と東馬込と馬込駅 Magome Walkabout 910722

1991 馬込駅 七月 都営浅草線 Magome Station - Toei-Asakusa Line 910722

1991 馬込駅-五反田駅 都営浅草線 Magome to Gotanda - Toei-Asakusa Line 910722
This next batch of 1990 videos is similar to the 1993 in one respect - they tend to have gaps where it suddenly jumps to another location.  That's about the only similarity however - in June of 1990, my camera handling was still pretty rough and my reason for skipping things was due to a lack of battery power, not a worry about the equipment breaking.  By 1991, I had bought several new batteries and I would go out with about six spares so I could basically (in a single day) run the camera as much as I wanted without running out of battery power.  (Nickel-cadmium batteries were not very good.  They began losing performance almost immediately, and were much heavier than modern lithium-ion batteries.)
   There is some interesting content in these - particularly some of the nighttime material of local stations on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line.  The trouble is - the camera work is so wild, and the scenes so varied, that I decided to not even try to post these by detailed locations, but just per day instead.  So each "Wild Camera" video covers one day, June 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th, 1990:

1990 Wild Camera-1 June 4th, 1990 - 900604

1990 Wild Camera-2 June 5th, 1990 - 900605

1990 Wild Camera-3 June 7th, 1990 - Middle-of-the-Night- 900607

1990 Wild Camera-4 June 8th, 1990 - 900608

1990 Wild Camera-5 June 9th, 1990 - 900609

1990 Wild Camera-6 June 11th, 1990 - 900611

Returning to 2016...
Construction 160720
有楽町駅 改札口からホームまで Yurakucho Station - Ticket Gates to Platform 160715
京浜東北線 有楽町駅-東京駅 Keihin-Tohoku Line - Yurakucho to Tokyo 160715

Kabukicho Window View 歌舞伎町 夜窓の風景 160719
平成28年7月19日 夜の歌舞伎町シネシティ広場 Kabukicho Cinema City Square 160719

四ツ谷駅 朝のホーム 丸ノ内線がやって来る Yotsuya Station Early Morning Platform View 160720

Straight Ahead-01 - Manual Controls 160810

Straight Ahead-02 160810

This type of train car interior is interesting, as when the train is run as a normal train, the seats are as shown in this video, but when it becomes a reserved-seat train, the seats are rotated to all face the front of the train:
Convertible Seat Train Carriage Interior 東武東上線 160810

夏緑の風景と猫がってる猫声 埼京線快速 指扇駅まで Saikyo Line Scenery 160810

西大宮駅-日進-大宮駅 埼京線快速 Nishi-Omiya to Nisshin to Omiya - Saikyo Line 160810

大宮駅 ホームの様子 Omiya Station Platform View 160810
高崎線 大宮駅-宮原駅 Omiya to Miyahara - Takasaki Line 160810

高崎線 吹上駅まで Outbound Takasaki Line to Fukiage 160810

吹上駅-行田駅 高崎線 Fukiage to Gyoda - Takasaki Line 160810

高崎線 熊谷駅-籠原駅 Kumagaya to Kagohara - Takasaki Line 160810

籠原駅の線路 Kagohara Rail Yards 160810

籠原駅前の諏訪神社 Suwa Shrine by Kagohara Station 160810
籠原駅前の駐輪場 Bicycle Parking 160810

Lonely Street 160810
籠原駅-熊谷駅 高崎線 Kagohara to Kumagaya - Takasaki Line 160810

熊谷-行田駅 高崎線 Kumagaya to Gyoda - Takasaki Line 160810

行田駅-吹上駅 高崎線 Gyoda to Fukiage - Takasaki Line 160810

吹上駅 北鴻巣駅 高崎線 Fukiage to Kita-Konosu - Takasaki Line 160810

赤羽駅 Departing Akabane Station 160810
A Few Remaining Old Wooden Buildings 160806

大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Otsuka to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 160806

Sugamo - Waiting for the Walk Light 巣鴨 160806

Waiting for a Train 160724

丸ノ内線 四ッ谷駅-霞ヶ関駅 Marunouchi Line - Yotsuya to Kasumigaseki 160725

浜松町駅ホーム TMRの隣 JR-Hamamatsucho Station - Next to TMR 160725

This is house is within a sea of high-rises and new construction - I look at it and wonder what it feels like to be inside - in that setting!  There's sort of a threatening feeling about the huge buildings all around it... I would think the atmosphere even inside would be tense?  Maybe not.  I would be interesting in going inside to see how it feels, but that's very unlikely to happen.  Oh well...:
Lone House in Central Tokyo 160728

Waiting for the Walk Light 160728

有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 160728
川越市駅 東武東上線がやって来る Kawagoeshi Station - Train Arriving 160730

水道橋駅隣 朝早く Suidobashi Stationside - Early Morning 160803

A little green goes a long way towards making a city a more pleasant place.  I wish more people had a respect for plants...:

Early Morning Central Tokyo Summer Green 水道橋駅辺り 160803
高田馬場駅-目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 160806

新宿夏お昼の思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho on a Hot Summer Day 160806

夕暮れの神田駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 Twilight Window View - Kanda to Ochanomizu 160802g

Bus Ride-1 160810

Bus Ride-2 160810
A couple from 2015 that had just been sitting in a camera...:

夜の立川 Nighttime Tachikawa 151116

多摩モノレール 立川夜 Tama-Monorail - Tachikawa 151116

Tokyu Train Departing Kawagoe Station 160810

Kawagoe Transfer - Tobu-Tojo Line to JR - 川越駅 160810

Back to 1991...

1991 品川区八潮の散策散歩 Yashio Shinagawa Walkabout 910824

1991 大井競馬場前駅-浜松町駅 東京モノレール Tokyo Monorail - Evening Ride 910824

1991 夜東京モノレールの到着と出発 Tokyo Monorail - Coming and Going 910824

1991 夜の浜松町駅 土曜日 Hamamatsucho Station - Saturday Night 910824

1991 浜松町駅-大崎駅 渋谷駅 Hamamatsucho to Osaki to Shibuya 910824

1991 渋谷 土曜日の夜 Shibuya on Saturday Night 910824

1991 東急渋谷駅-日吉駅 東横線 Tokyu-Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 910824

1991 日吉駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka - Night Trip 910824

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-戸越駅 Hibarigaoka to Togoshi 910826

1991 戸越駅-西馬込駅 都営浅草線 Togoshi to Nishi-Magome - Asakusa Line 910826

I had completely forgotten about this area until seeing this again.  It's interesting in that much of what I found is quite similar to the shitamachi area on the other side of town (rooming houses, small factories, etc.):

1991 戸越駅と戸越銀座駅辺り散策散歩 品川区平塚 Togoshi-Ginza Area Walkabout 910826

Back to 1990 for only three videos, but this first one (Nishi-Nippori Walkabout) is an hour and 43 minutes long!  I spent most of the day wandering around the area, so it contains a lot of details.

1990 西日暮里駅辺りと日暮里駅辺りの夏散策散歩 Nishi-Nippori Walkabout 900815

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-西日暮里駅 Hibarigaoka to Nishi-Nippori 900815

1990 池袋駅のJR有人改札 入口と出口 Manual Ticket Gates - Ikebukuro Station 900815
Going forward a year to 1991...  Ah!  Much of this next section (for September 6th and 7th) I wrote a blog post about - here:

"September 7th, 1991 - A Busy Day Taking Video in Japan"

1991 夜中の中央東京道散策散歩 Tokyo Midnight Walk 910906

1991 東京駅-新宿駅 中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Chuo Line 910905

1991 新宿南口と西新宿の散策散歩 Shinjuku South Exit and Nishi-Shinjuku 910905

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910905

1991 夜の西武バス Night Seibu Bus 910906

1991 田無駅-野方駅 西武新宿線 Tanashi to Nogata - Seibu-Shinjuku Line 910906

1991 朝一の中央東京 Very Early Morning Central Tokyo 910907

1991 日光線までの旅 水道橋駅-神田駅-上野駅-今市駅 Nikko Line Trip 910907

1991 今市駅と下今市駅 日光線と東武日光線 Imaichi and Shimo-Imaichi Stations 910907

1991 今市市の散策散歩 栃木県 Imaichi City Walkabout - In Tochigi 910907

1991 今市駅-下野大沢駅 日光線 Imaichi to Shimotsuke-Osawa - Nikko Line 910907

1991 下野大沢駅駅辺りの散策散歩 Shimotsuke-Osawa Walkabout 910907

1991 下野大沢駅-文挟駅-宇都宮駅 日光線 Shimotsuke-Osawa to Utsunomiya 910907

1991 宇都宮散策散歩-A Utsunomiya Walkabout-A 910907

1991 日吉駅前 土曜日の夜 Hiyoshi Station Area - Saturday Night 910907

1991 土曜日夜の渋谷駅-九月七日 Shibuya Station - Saturday Night 910907

1991 渋谷駅-日吉駅 東急東横線 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 910907

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 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 910907

1991 宇都宮散策散歩-B 宮ビル商店街など Utsunomiya Walkabout-B 910907

1991 宇都宮駅-赤羽駅-新宿駅-渋谷駅 宇都宮線-埼京線-山手線 Utsunomiya to Shibuya 910907
And - that's it for now!  Someday I'll find more time to write about these - there is much that could be said, if only I had the time!

Sore dewa!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon