Wednesday, May 22, 2019

New People...

I wrote a fairly long reply to a comment on one of my YouTube videos, so I thought I'd put that in here as well.  The comment I received was this: "I wonder how different I'd find Tokyo after so long. I left in December 1992."
Time and change are something I'm often thinking about, so this is something I could go on and on about, but for now, here's my short (or long, depending on your point of view) reply:  "Thinking of this question, I immediately recall an experience of mine one evening in Shibuya.  Back in the 1990-93 period when I was taking analog video, I used to go to and/or through Shibuya at least once a week, but then my schedule and work changed and there was a period of many years where I didn't go there at all (more than a decade maybe?).  Then one day I was feeling nostalgic for the place, so I went back for a look.  I arrived one evening and joined the sidewalk crowds of young people and just as I was expecting to feel "Just like the old days!" an uncomfortable feeling crept up on me, so I focused on and tuned into my surroundings to figure out what it was.  Basically, this is what I thought/perceived/realized while walking down that sidewalk: 'Why do I feel uncomfortable?  Why does this feel so different?  Things look pretty much the same... it's pretty much the same young crowd on the sidewalk... !!!!!  Wait!  No!  It isn't the same young crowd!  It's the children of the young crowd I used to walk among!  No wonder it feels different!  It's a completely new group of people!  The people I walked here with before are out there somewhere, but they're doing different things and no longer dating in Shibuya....  These people I'm walking with now were not on planet earth back then!  No wonder if feels different!  Different people!'"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Meguro River & Other Areas in Tokyo 1991 & 2019

May 1st, 2019 - the first day of a new era in Japan called "Reiwa" (令和).  I was going to go out and take video yesterday, the last day of the Heisei (平成) era, and today, the first day of the Reiwa (令和) era, but then I thought of all the other people who would already be doing that, and decided I didn't really need to join the crowd - the two days will be well-recorded for sure!
   I should be posting these video link posts every month, but this is four months' worth... various things - all requiring time - get in the way.  Hopefully I'll find the time next month for another update and it won't be so long next time!
   The videos in this batch are from 1990, 1991, and 2019.  I'm going to put some pictures in-between the video titles and links, but they will be independent subject-wise.  I'd prefer to have photos that are relevant to the video titles they are near, but there isn't time to do it that way - not this time anyway.  The dates go back and forth between 1990/1991 and 2019, but each video title begins with the year in the title, so as long as you pay attention to that, it should be clear when they were recorded.

1991 夕方駒込駅辺り Komagome Station Area in the Evening 911102

1991 夕暮れの駒込駅 電車がなかなか来ない Twilight Komagome Station 911102 -

1991 駒込駅-池袋駅 山手線 土曜日 Komagome to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 911102 -

1991 池袋駅-渋谷駅 土曜日の夜山手線 Ikebukuro to Shibuya - Yamanote Line 911102 -

1991 池袋駅西側の夜散策散歩 ロマンス通りなど Ikebukuro West Side at Night 911102 -

1991 渋谷 土曜日の夜 散策散歩 Shibuya Saturday Night Walkabout 911102

1991 渋谷駅-日吉駅 東横線 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 911102

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 土曜日の夜 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 911102 -
2019 所沢駅 夜ホームの様子 Nighttime Platform at Tokorozawa Station 190118n -

2019 御茶ノ水駅 下り中央線の到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Ochanomizu 190202 -

2019 人々背中 190115 -

The crowd of people climbing the stairs in the video above had just gotten off of a train that ended its run in Shinjuku.  Shinjuku is said to have the largest number of people using it on a daily basis than any train station in the world, and a large part of that are people who have to change trains there from the Odakyu and Keio Lines (which both end in Shinjuku).

2019 窓反射 夜の山手線 Night Train Window Reflections 190118

JV-30 1991年11月2日について 190129

EV-30 Regarding November 2nd 1991 190129

I felt prompted to comment on the amount of material I recorded on November 2nd, 1991 (JV/EV-30) since it was quite a video-intense day.  I would still (from time-to-time) take video in this way, but high numbers of scenes are problematic with the equipment I'm currently using.  There isn't much good to be said about recording video onto tape, but one really great thing is that scenes are automatically compiled one after the other and don't require software to stitch them together.  So with a two-hour tape, you can have as many scenes as you like ready to go out-of-camera.

JV-32 2007年のメトロニューズ 銀座線の80年記念 190103

EV-32 2007 Metro News - Ginza Line 80th Anniversary 190103

2019 外神田三丁目の古い家 Old House in Soto-Kanda 190105

2019 大崎駅上の通路夜散歩 Osaki Station Overhead Concourse 190111
2019 Ikebukuro Sidewalk 東池袋の夜通り 190118

JV-31 昔は良かったなのか 190202

EV-31 Were Things Better Before or Not 190202

   Were things better or worse before?  Going back and forth via video time machine, this is something I often think about.  Some elements of this type of comparison are really clear, but a large part of any era is relative to many component parts of time, societies, ways of thinking, lifestyles, etc.
   For me personally, the most vexing part of revisiting 1990-93 over and over again for the past twelve(!) years is the realization of how human "overwrite-save" memory corrupts the (remembered) historical record.  I'm interested in the truth and would like to think that memory is something a little more dependable.
   I had heard that people overwrite-save memories, rather than just accessing read-only memory, but that aspect of human memory really came home to me when I began watching the video material I had recorded around 17 years before (the tapes went unseen until 2007, when computer hardware progressed to the point where I could begin digitizing the old tapes).
   In the intervening years, I had seen several period movies and dramas, with current generation young actors playing young people from that circa 1990 era.  I remember - early on - seeing one of those movies about the "bubble era" and thinking "Huh... young actors pretending to be something they are not..." but as the years went by, and I saw more such dramatizations of the period, they began to seem not so far off the mark... until 2007 when I began reviewing actual scenes of the period that I had seen and recorded myself.  While watching them, a flood of memories (that had been buried under years of inaccurate fictional accounts) came back and I remember looking at the screen of the video time machine and thinking "Yeah... *that's* how it was!"
   From that experience, I realized how easily memory can become corrupted.  There are exceptions of course.  Certain events in life generating very powerful emotions seem to record an event powerfully enough that it isn't easily corrupted and is more like "read-only" memory than "overwrite-save" memory.
  And... I hesitate to add this here, as it's sort of off-topic... or maybe it's spot-on topic (depending on how you look at it), but that 1990-93 time frame has come to be a strange thing for me.  While the rest of time flows relentlessly forward, for twelve years I've been revisiting 1990-93 via video time machine and those years have come to feel like an unchanging element of current time.....

2019 御茶ノ水駅の臨時改札口辺り Ochanomizu Station Area 190105

2019 御茶ノ水駅へ入る 聖橋入口 Entering Ochanomizu Station 190105

2019 夜の有楽町駅 ホームの様子 長い山手線の出発 Platform Scene at Yurakucho 190201 -

2019 内回り山手線へ向かうのエスカレーター_Osaki Station Escalator 190111 -

2019 駒込駅 ホームから東改札口と駒込さつき通り散歩まで Komagome Station East Exit 190118 -

2019 駒込駅東口のアザレア通り商店街 Komagome Station Azalea Avenue 190118 -

2019 駒込駅で内回り山手線を乗って出発 Boarding Yamanote Line at Komagome 190118 -

2019 池袋駅の地下通路で東池袋地上までの散歩 Ikebukuro Underground Passage 190118 -

2019 東池袋の何とか通りの夜散策散歩 Ikebukuro East Side Night Street 190118 -

2019 地下通路で池袋駅へ向かう Ikebukuro Underground Passageway 190118 -

2019 西池袋 駅前広場から西へ 夜の散策散歩 Nighttime Nishi-Ikebukuro 190118 -
2019 有楽町のイルミネーション Seasonal Lights in Yurakucho 190201

2019 有楽町駅 夜ホームの様子 Yurakucho Station Nighttime View 190125

2019 西武池袋駅 切符売り場から改札口とホームへ Seibu-Ikebukuro Station 190118 -

2019 西武池袋線 京急線色の電車を乗る 池袋駅で Boarding Seibu Train 190118 -

2019 西武池袋駅から出発 Departing Seibu-Ikebukuro Station 190118n

2019 石神井公園駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Shakujikoen to Hibarigaoka 190118 -

2019 夜のひばりヶ丘駅 ホームから改札口と北側の階段へ Hibarigaoka Station at Night 190118 -

2019 夜のひばりが丘 駅の北側 道路の工事中 Nighttime Hibarigaoka Road Construction 190118 -
2019 ひばりヶ丘駅隣の夜踏切 北側から南側へ Hibarigaoka RR Crossing at Night 190118 -

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅エスカレーターとホーム 夜の様子 Riding a Down Escalator 190118 -

2019 下り各駅と急行列車 夜のひばりヶ丘駅で Outbound Seibu Trains at Hibarigaoka 190118 -

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 日曜日の夜 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 911103 -

1991 夜の池袋 短い 日曜日 Quick Look at East Side of Ikebukuro 911103

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 日曜日終電の西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 911103 -

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅前 西武バスで田無駅まで Bus to Tanashi Station 911104

1991 田無駅 昼の様子 西武新宿線 Daytime Tanashi Station Platform View 911104 -

1991 田無駅-野方駅 西武新宿線 Tanashi to Nogata - Seibu-Shinjuku Line 911104 -
2019 夜の商店街 ひばりが丘北 Hibarigaoka at Night 190215

2019 田無駅 改札口から北側まで Tanashi Station North Side 190215

JV-33 昔と今 思い出横丁 190205

EV-33 Before and Now - Omoide-Yokocho 190205

JEV-34 限定の物はやっぱり高い Special Issue Confectionery 190206

JEV-35 抹茶のお菓子 Green Tea Confectionery 190210

2019 西武柳沢駅-田無駅 西武新宿線 Nishi-Yagisawa to Tanashi 190215

2019 田無駅 ホームから改札口まで Tanashi Station 190215

2019 田無駅の隣 南側 Tanashi Station Area - South Side 190215
2019 田無駅隣のバス停 Waiting for a Bus at Tanashi Station 190215

2019 バスを乗る 西武バス Boarding a Bus in Tanashi 190215

2019 田無駅前からひばりヶ丘駅近くまで 西武バス Tanashi to Hibarigaoka Bus 190215 -

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅近くからひばりヶ丘駅前 西武バス Bus to Hibarigaoka 190215 -

JEV-37 炭火焼のお煎餅 Opening Pack of Rice Crackers 190217

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅 改札口からホームまで Hibarigaoka Station 190215

2019 石神井町の商店街 夜の様子 190215

JV-36 石神井公園 久しぶり 190215

EV-36 Shakujikoen 30 Years Ago and Now 190215

2019 夜の石神井公園 北側 Nighttime Shakujikoen - North Side 190215

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅辺り 北側 Hibarigaoka Station Area - North Side 190215
2019 田無駅辺り 夜の北側 Nighttime Tanashi Station Area - North Side 190215 -

2019 夜の田無駅 ホームの様子 Nighttime Tanashi Station Platform 190215

2019 石神井公園駅 ホームの様子 Waiting for a Train 190215

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅 下りホームの夜様子 Hibarigaoka Station 190215

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅前-田無駅前 西武バス Seibu Bus to Tanashi 190215

2019 石神井公園駅 改札からホームまで Shakujikoen Station 190215

2019 ひばりヶ丘駅-保谷駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Hoya - Seibu Line 190215 -

2019 保谷駅-大泉学園駅-石神井公園駅 西武池袋線 Hoya to Shakujikoen 190215 -

2019 石神井公園駅 夕暮れホームの様子 Twilight at Shakujikoen Station 190215 -

2019 夕暮れの石神井公園駅辺り Twilight Shakujikoen Station Area 190215
1991 野方駅からバスを乗る 中野の方へ行く Bus from Nogata 911104

1991 野方の散策散歩 Nogata Walkabout 911104

1991 野方駅-上石神井駅-田無駅 西武新宿線 Nogata to Tanashi - Seibu Line 911104 -

2019 新橋駅 忙しい夕方の様子 Shinbashi Station Platform View 190222

1991 田無駅辺りの西側散策散歩 工事など Tanashi Under Construction 911104 -

1991 田無駅近く-ひばりヶ丘駅前 西武バス Bus to Hibarigaoka from Tanashi 911104 -

1991 ひばりが丘北 商店街の土曜日の朝 Saturday Morning Hibarigaoka 911109 -

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-石神井公園駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka-Ikebukuro 911109 -

1991 池袋駅 乗り換え 西武線からJRまで Ikebukuro Station on Saturday Morning 911109 -

1991 池袋駅-品川駅 山手線 貨物船など Ikebukuro-Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 911109 -

1991 品川駅とスーパー Shinagawa Station and Supermarket 911109
2019 有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Tokyo 190222

2019 国分寺駅 中央線と西武国分寺線 Kokubunji Station 190228

JV-38 チェンジ 今と昔 どちらが良いなのか 190302

EV-38 Change - Better Now or Then 190302

2019 品川駅隣 高輪口 西側 見回り Shinagawa West Side View 190302

2019 神田駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Kanda to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 190221 -

2019 東小金井駅-武蔵小金井駅 中央線 夕暮れの様子 Twilight Chuo Line Outbound 190221 -

2019 大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 夕暮れの窓風景 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 190222 -

2019 品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 190222

2019 夜の東京鉄度と反射 新幹線と京浜東北線と山手線 Parallel Night Trains in Tokyo 190222 -

2019 夜の新橋駅 山手線と京浜東北線 Shinbashi Station at Night 190222
1991 北品川の散策散歩 北品川商店街 中央通りなど Shinagawa Walkabout 911109 -

1990 明治神宮外苑から表参道までの夜散歩 Night Walkabout to Harajuku 901104 -

1990 原宿 夜の竹下通りとその周り散策散歩 Harajuku Walkabout - Takeshita-dori 901104 -

2019 電車を通過しますと特急の到着 Passing Train 190311

2019 国分寺駅-武蔵小金井駅 中央線 Kokubunji to Musashikoganei - Chuo Line 190319 -

EV-39 Regarding Facing the Lens 190319

JV-39 自分の様子を写真や動画を撮るに対して - 自撮り 190319

2019 武蔵小金井駅 上り特急を通過する Passing Express Train 190319

2019 武蔵小金井駅-東小金井駅 中央線 Musashikoganei to Higashi-Koganei - Chuo Line 190319 -

2019 東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅 京浜東北線 Tokyo to Shinbashi - Keihin-Tohoku Line 190319 -
2019 新橋駅 ホームの様子 Shinbashi Station Platform View 190319

2019 東京駅 ホームの様子 Tokyo Station Platform View 190319

1990 原宿 夜の竹下通りとその周り散策散歩 Harajuku Walkabout - Takeshita-dori 901104 -

1990 原宿駅-新宿駅-新大久保駅-高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Harajuku to Ikebukuro 901104 -

2019 外神田 夜の散策散歩 Sotokanda Night Walkabout 190426

2019 夜 工事の音 電気の光 ビル 車 考え Night Sounds and Scenes 190424

2019 夜の昌平橋 Nighttime Shohei Bridge 190426

2019 鷹の台駅-恋ヶ窪駅 西武国分寺線 Takanodai To Kokubunji 190322

2019 風の強い日 国分寺 Windy Day in Kokubunji 190322

2019 春の小平中央公園 Springtime Park 190331
2019 風の強い日 国分寺 Windy Day in Kokubunji 190322

2019 吉祥寺駅-三鷹駅-武蔵境駅 中央線 Westward Bound Chuo Line 190401 -

2019 東小金井駅-武蔵小金井駅 中央線 Chuo Line Going West 190401

2019 Riverside Sakura Bicycle Ride 190406

2019 御茶ノ水駅-神田駅-東京駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Tokyo - Chuo Line 190426 -

2019 Afternoon Bus Ride 190403

2019 Bus Front Seat View 190403

2019 浦和駅-赤羽駅 東北本線 Urawa to Akabane 190403

2019 赤羽駅-尾久駅-上野駅 窓の風景 東北本線 Akabane to Ueno 190403

2019 上野駅 東北本線を降りてからの見回る 中央改札へ向かう Ueno Station 190403 -

EV-43 Closing of Plaza by Shinjuku Station New South Exit 190403

JV-43 新宿駅新南口 バスタ新宿隣の広場の終了 残念 190403

EV-40 Limited Edition Spring Drinks 190322

JV-40 限定の春飲み物 190322
2019 Construction Zone by Shinjuku New South Exit 190403n

2019 西国分寺駅 武蔵野線 電車が遣って来る Nishi-Kokubunji Station 190403 -

2019 武蔵浦和駅 ホームの様子 Musashino Station Platform 190403

2019 有楽町駅-新橋駅 夕方のJR線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi Evening View 190403 -

2019 山手線の到着 夕暮れの新橋駅 Yamanote Line at Shinbashi Evening View 190403n -

EV-41 Summer 96 and Year 2000 Commemorative Cans 190323

JV-41 96年夏生のと2000年記念の缶 190323

2019 狭間駅-めじろ台駅 京王線 Hazama to Mejirodai - Keio Line 190415

2019 東京駅 中央線の特急出発 Departing Express Train at Tokyo Station 190418 -

2019 夕暮れの高尾山口駅 京王線 Twilight Platform View 190415
2019 高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線夕暮れ風景 Twilight Ride to Takao 190415

2019 高尾駅で夕暮れの窓風景-狭間駅 京王線 Takao to Hazama - Keio Line 190415 -

2019 狭間駅-めじろ台駅 京王線 Hazama to Mejirodai - Keio Line 190415

2019 品川区の目黒川 夕方の様子 政治家の声 Evening Meguro River 190418n -

2019 川とビルと とまれ など 夕方 190418

2019 Cars Trains and a Building - One Day in Shinagawa 190418

2019 十九時四十四分発 Departing at 744 190426g

2019 山手線が遣って来ます The Yamanote Line 190418

2019 過去の響く Past in Present 190426g
2019 昭島市立 郷地稲荷神社 児童遊園 190406

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Perceiving Colors

I've always enjoyed color, but a couple of things in my life have caused me to take a harder look at color, and think about what it means, and how it is perceived.
The first was a pre-cell phone experience in about... 1985 or 1986 I think it was.  Pre-cell phone, you would arrange to meet people by agreeing to meet at a coffee shop.  That way, whoever got there first could sit down and relax while waiting for the other person to show up.
One such day in Harajuku I arrived at a coffee shop early, and felt really lucky to get the table right in front of the window (it was a long, narrow shop, so there was just one such table).  I ordered a coffee, and then as I slowly drank it, I contemplated the world outside on the Omotesando street.  Normal enough thing for the time, but an added element made it even more interesting.  Someone had a bunch of flowers set up in front of the coffee shop (an actual flower shop maybe, but more likely through some agreement with the coffee shop).
As I began to drink my coffee, I observed a woman buy some flowers, and then, while waiting for her change, she looked at the flowers in her hand and had this really happy expression on her face....  I thought, "She must really like flowers..."  As I continued to drink my coffee while waiting for my acquaintance to arrive, I observed another customer buying flowers - also a woman, and also showing that happy look while looking at the flowers.  "Huh... just like the last customer..." thought I.
If it had only been those two customers, I probably would have just forgotten about it, but I observed several other people buying flowers, all women, and all of them looked upon the flowers they bought with that happy expression on their faces.  It was quite striking!  At the time, I remember thinking, "I like flowers too, but I don't recall them making me feel happy the way they seem to be making that parade of women customers happy... they must be seeing something I don't when looking at flowers..."
  Fast forward a couple of decades and there was some research done on how men and women perceive colors and (if I'm remembering this correctly) the result was that women are far more perceptive of color than men.  When I read that, I immediately had a flashback to that day - watching people buying flowers from that coffee shop window in Omotesando (near Harajuku Station).
  Fast forward some more, and I've found I recently appreciate flowers and their colors in a way I haven't before.  As an example, the flowers in the vase further up the page.  I carried them home from Shinagawa poking out of the top of my bag.  So who gave them a good look in the train?  Women.... I'm sure part of the issue is men are supposed to be like cold steel and uninterested in the fragile beauty of flowers, but there's some other element too it seems.  How did I feel carrying them home so publicly?  I wish I could respond here with, "Huh? What do you mean?", but I found myself feeling defensive about them, thinking basically, "Yeah, that's right, a guy is carrying some flowers home. You got a problem with that?"  Why?  Well, no other guys had flowers sticking out of their bags and several woman were checking out the flowers with radio wave questions in the air.....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Rewiring of Brain?

I'm a fairly heavy computer user, but have yet to begin using a smartphone, so as I observe how just about everyone around me out in pubic is almost constantly looking at and poking their little microcomputers, I'm beginning to worry about what direction humanity is going.  It seems like people are turning over more and more of their thinking to the microcomputers almost constantly in their hands, so what will be the outcome of this?  Hopefully not dysfunctional people who can't communicate with others or navigate their world without a machine constantly telling them what to do.  ...........  I just had an awful thought - in a very real sense, some people (many people?, [shudder] most people?) are becoming cyborgs!
Don't get me wrong - I'm actually quite enthusiastic about technology, but with regards to cell phones, smartphones , etc., I believe in shutting them down for at least part of the day.  With the computer, I understand only too well how the endless stream of possibilities while on-line keeps me looking at one thing or another, and I enjoy it, but I also enjoy some time with the machine shut down so I can concentrate on one thing.  (In fact, I'm writing this right now off-line, as I figured I wouldn't get far with any text if I tried writing it with the gateway open.)
About the title "Rewiring of Brain?" - I was reading an article about something on-line and it stated that people's brains had been rewired with the advent of books.  I had never heard that before, but it got me to thinking.  I have long believed the brain changes depending on how it's used, which is why I think horror movies should be illegal.  What we read, watch, listen to, etc., is akin to programming a (biological) computer, and "garbage in - garbage out", as used to be said (still is?) about computer programming.  So the opposite should be aimed for - "quality in - quality out".
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, March 05, 2019


  I've been into photography since I was s small child and so recording images via film, tape, IC chip, and whatever comes next, is of perpetual interest to me.  But what has come to occupy a larger percentage of my time than recording new images, is the analog video material I recorded from early 1990 through to mid-1993 - from reviewing, editing, posting, and responding to comments from viewers, to thinking about the nature of change....
  To a certain extent, change is something I tend to think about anyway, but I've noticed that the number one aspect to the 1990-93 videos that generates pretty radically different responses is change, specifically whether things have, or have not changed in the past 28 years or so.  I think 28 years is an interesting amount of time - almost exactly one generation.  Without actually researching it, I think 28 must not be far off the mark for the average age people had children in 1991, and now some of those children are having children themselves....
  I would like to write about this in an orderly and logical way, but as I finished the above paragraph, I realized there were several aspects to the concept suddenly competing for attention.  I stopped writing for a couple of minutes and stared at the picture above (of 1991 Hibarigaoka)... finally reaching the conclusion that it's impossible to do this in a really orderly way and/or I don't have time to do it that way, so I'll just run through some things in the order they reach my typing fingertips, and not worry about what really deserves to come first.
  So - the picture above of 1991 Hibarigaoka Station - is of the station before it was completely rebuilt.  I think this is something any sane person would agree has changed... which brings up a strange sub-category to this concept.  For some videos, which depict a place that has changed quite radically, some biped or other out there will respond "Nothing has changed!".  I suppose that when someone declares that something that has very clearly changed, has not changed, they are trying to provoke an argument, or maybe they are mentally deranged?  Who knows!
  But there are many places where, depending on what you were expecting from the number "1991", things are either surprisingly the same, or surprisingly different.  Add in the many detailed elements that make up reality and time that are not clearly visible in a recorded image, and there are things that are quite different on a kind of radio frequency level and thus not evident to all.
  And... stepping way way waaaaaaaay back, there are elements to a society/culture that are remarkably resistant to change.  When I read "The Journal Of Francis Hall, 1859-1866", I was struck by several cultural elements that he described that left me thinking "Well, that's the same as now!".  Initially, when reading an account of things from about 150 years before, you expect any and everything to be different, but on a cultural level, much of a culture carries forward at least partly (or perhaps mainly) due to the power of language and how a culture is enshrined in its vocabulary, sentence structures, etc., and how they are used.
  Video as time machine.  I used to joke to a programmer friend when I saw them, "So, have you invented a time machine yet?" which they would laughingly wave off and laugh at, but one day, when I asked my tiresome question, "Have you invented a time machine yet?  I want a time machine!" they didn't laugh, and instead looked off thoughtfully into the distance and said something along the lines of "It would require an immense amount of data storage..." which surprised me, but then I started thinking about it, and the concept of a time machine consisting of detailed recordings of the past started to seem like something other than a joke.  There are many aspects to this concept, but here's one experience I had that really did feel like a time machine experience:
  I was talking with a group of people in a conference room and I was using a large screen TV as a monitor for writing notes (to give to the group) when someone mentioned how they were going to a party.  I asked where, and they described renting an apartment someone set up specifically for people to rent to give parties at, and I responded "Oh, I went to a party at such a place back in the Bubble Era, in 1990... and then realized I could actually take them there.  I typed in the relevant search terms on the computer and suddenly the June 1990 party was in full swing on the large screen TV, with stereo sound no less.  With the large screen and the quality sound, it really felt like we had jumped back in time, and - in a way - we had.  A couple of decades later, we were (again for me, first time for the others) experiencing a 1990 Bubble Era party....

  And so, when someone recently commented on YouTube how one of the 1991 videos made the viewer feel as though it was a kind of time machine, I responded with this:
  "Thank you for commenting!  I'm finding them to feel that way for me too, probably even more so, since I was behind the camera at the time.  On some level, I knew some of the things I took would only be viewable via a recording in the future, but I think what really drove me at the time was that I found Japan to be an intensely interesting place and thought that there was too much focus on places like Kyoto and on anything deemed new and/or strange, so I strongly felt the normal things in the city (Tokyo mostly) needed to be recorded.  It took a couple of decades for technology to advance to the point where I had a platform to show people.  The main downside to this is that so much of my material is copied and used without my permission...."

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, January 06, 2019

1991 and 2018 - Here and There

Looking at the dates of the 2018 videos, I see they go back to August... yikes!  Over five months ago!  I really would like to update this blog with the links every month, or at least every two months... five months is too long!
In any case, The same reason it's been five months is the same reason I can't say very much right now - lack of time!  Lots of things going on, but most of them aren't really worth writing about.  To start with, I'm just putting two photos here - one from 2018 and one from 1991.  If I find time, I'll try putting in some more photos later.
1991 野方駅-上石神井駅-田無駅 西武新宿線 Nogata to Tanashi - Seibu Line 910923

1991 田無駅前-ひばりヶ丘駅前 西武バス Tanashi to Hibarigaoka by Bus 910923

2018 大塚駅 ホームの自動販売機の中と山手線が遣って来る Otsuka Station 180804

2018 小平市の灯りまつり Kodaira Summer Festival 180804

JV-EV-8 九年前京都で買ったの竹のコップを開く 180804

JV-9 1991年はいつもある タイムマシンで 180807

EV-9 Revisiting 1991 Continually for Over Ten Years 180807

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 911001

1991 池袋散策散歩 西口 West Side of Ikebukuro Station 911001

1991 池袋駅 ある平日の日 Daytime Ikebukuro Station 911001

1991 池袋駅-原宿駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Harajuku - Yamanote Line 911001

1991 原宿駅から渋谷駅まで 表参道など 散策散歩 雨の日 Walkabout - Harajuku to Shibuya 911001

EV-10 AM Radios 181010

JV-10 AM-ラジオ 181010

1991 渋谷駅-上野駅-東京駅 山手線と京浜東北線 Shibuya to Ueno to Tokyo 911001

JV-11 昔の人間の考えとは 180814

EV-11 What Exactly Did People Really Think Before 180814

2018 西新宿夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Stroll 180814

JV-12 八月末 夏の懐かしい雰囲気と次の季節の覚悟 180828

EV-12 August - Thinking About Summer 180828

2018 西新宿夜横道散歩-ア Nighttime Side Streets in Nishi-Shinjuku 180828

2018 西新宿夜横道散歩-イ Nighttime Side Streets in Nishi-Shinjuku 180828

1991 中野区長い散策散歩 野方 沼袋 新井 中野駅辺り 中央 青梅街道 中野坂上駅 他 910928

1991 中野坂上駅-新宿駅東口 SA待ち合わせ場所 Nakano-Sakaue to Shinjuku 910928

1991 隣々有人改札と自動改札 中野坂上駅 Manual and Automatic Ticket Gates 910928

1991 新宿駅-渋谷駅 山手線 土曜日の夜 Shinjuku to Shibuya - Saturday Night 910928

2018 築地市場-01 Tsukiji Fish Market 181004

2018 築地市場-02 Tsukiji Fish Market 181004

2018 築地市場の隣 02 Tsukiji 181004

2018 築地市場の隣 01 Tsukiji 181004

2018 工事現場 181004

JV-13 コミックマーケット38 カタログ 90 Summer 180819

EV-13 Comic Market-38 Summer 1990 August 18-19 180819

JV-14 TDKテープのパンフレット 180819

EV-14 TDK Tapes and Accessories Catalog 180819

2018 新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho 181012

JV-15 男はつらいよのパンフレット 180819

EV-15 Otoko-wa Tsurai-yo Tora-san Pamphlet 180819

JV-18 紙の地図 当時のナビゲーション 181008

EV-18 Paper Map Navigation 181008

2018 Plant in the Sun 180909

2018 品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 180921

2018 夕方の有楽町駅 雨の日 ホームの様子 Evening Yurakucho Station 180921

2018 夕方有楽町 雨の道 Evening Yurakucho Street 180921

2018 夕方 銀座へ向かう Headed Towards Ginza 180921

2018 Fallen Trees After Storm 181001

2018 東京駅 中央線到着 Tokyo Station Chuo Line Arrival 181005

2018 小川駅-鷹の台駅 西武国分寺線 Seibu-Kokubunji Line 181006

2018 新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho 180907

2018 田町駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Tamachi to Hamamatsucho - Yamanote Line 180921

2018 浜松町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 180921

2018 東京駅-有楽町駅 山手線 ホームの様子とか Tokyo to Yurakucho 180928

2018 神田駅 山手線の到着 Kanda Station Yamanote Line Arrival 181012

2018 Late Night Friday Side Street Scene in Ginza 181012

JV-17 1990年10月の小田急ロマンスカー時間表 180819

EV-17 1990 Odakyu Romance Car Schedule 180819

JV-16 平成元年のメトロニューズのパンフレット 180819

EV-16 1989 Tokyo Subway Pamphlet 180819

2018 夜の有楽町道居酒屋 Yurakucho Summer Izakaya 180907

2018 有楽町駅 金曜日の夜 Friday Night Yurakucho Station 180907

2018 田町駅-浜松町駅-新橋駅-有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Tamachi to Tokyo 181005

2018 神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 181012

2018 東京駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Tokyo to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 181012

2018 品川駅-田町駅 夕暮れの山手線 Evening Yamanote Line 181012

2018 田町駅-浜松町駅 夕暮れの山手線 Tamachi to Hamamatsucho 181012

2018 浜松町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Shinbashi - Evening Yamanote Line 181012

1991 渋谷 土曜日の夜 駅辺り Shibuya Saturday Night 910928

1991 東急渋谷駅-日吉駅 東横線 Toyoko Line - Shibuya to Hiyoshi 910928

1991 工事中の日吉駅 Hiyoshi Station Under Construction 910928

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅-中野駅-野方駅-田無駅 夜 Hiyoshi to Tanashi 910928

2018 夕暮れの電車が遣って来る 181102

2018 有楽町駅 夜ホームの様子 181102

2018 高田馬場駅過ぎ-目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro 181103

2018 二足と影 Bipeds and Shadows 181102

2018 山手線 夜の反射 Yamanote Line Reflections 181102

1991 夜中の散策散歩 Midnight Walkabout 910928

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅隣の踏切 Railroad Crossing Wait 911005

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 911005

2018 秋葉原 夜の横道 Akihabara Side Street 181109

1991 南池袋 散策散歩 池袋駅から Minami-Ikebukuro Walkabout 911005

2018 品川駅-田町駅 山手線の窓風景 Shinagawa to Tamachi 181019

JV-19 古いカメラ Kodak Duoflex-IV 181020

EV-19 Kodak Duoflex-IV 181020

JV-20 言葉が変わる 181025

EV-20 Language - Foreign Language Changes 181025

JV-21 古いフラッシュバルブ 181113

EV-21 Old Flash Bulbs 181113

JV-23 コードを結ぶ 181114

EV-23 Coil-Tying a Cord 181114

2018 田町駅-浜松町駅 山手線 夕暮れの窓風景 Tamachi to Hamamatsucho 181019

2018 浜松町駅-新橋駅途中 山手線 夕暮れの窓風景 Hamamatsucho Towards Shinbshi 181019

2018 新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 夕暮れの窓風景 Shinbashi to Yurakucho 181019

JV-22 分離蛍光灯 181113

EV-22 Two Section Florescent Bulb 181113

2018 前へ進む In The Flow 181116

2018 階段通路階段通路階段通路 Stairs and Passageways 181116

2018 大井町横町 飲食店街 西向きの散歩 Oimachi Yokocho - Westward Bound 181116

2018 大井町横町 飲食店街 東向きの散歩 Oimachi Yokocho - Eastward Bound 181116

2018 大井町駅隣の夜風景 Walking Along Beside Oimachi Station at Night 181116

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 911026

1991 ひばりが丘 散歩と買い物 Hibarigaoka Baseball Win Shopping 911026

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 911031

2018 大崎噴水 Osaki Fountain 181122

2018 品川駅 東口へ向かう Shinagawa Station Walking East 181122

2018 品川駅隣 東側の広場 港南ふれあい広場Shinagawa East Side Plazza 181122

2018 Ebisu Conveyor Belt Stroll-1 181122

2018 Ebisu Conveyor Belt Stroll-2 181122

2018 渋谷夜 山手線からスクランブル交差点まで Shibuya 181122

2018 新宿テーマパーク Shinjuku Theme Park 181122

2018 夜の西武線 Nighttime Seibu Line 181122

2018 品川駅 夕方の様子 Shinagawa Station 181122

2018 渋谷駅隣 木の下 Under a Tree in Shibuya 181122

2018 新宿駅 山手線が遣って来ると出発 E235 Shinjuku Yamanote Line 181122

2018 新宿駅新南口の光散策散歩 Shinjuku Light Stroll 181122

2018 恵比寿駅 ホームの様子 山手線を乗ります Ebisu Station 181122g

2018 品川の夜 鉄とグラスと光の散策散歩 Shinagawa Reflection Stroll 181122g

2018 恵比寿ガーデンプレイス 夜の光散策散歩 Yebisu Garden Place 181122g

1991 やきとり横丁と思い出横丁 新宿西口 Yakitori-Yokocho and Omoide-Yokocho 911031

1991 新宿散策散歩 東側から西側へ Shinjuku Walkabout 911031

1991 新宿駅-池袋セール-池袋駅-ひばりが丘 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 911031

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-巣鴨駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Sugamo 911102

1991 巣鴨駅からの長い散策散歩 Sugamo Long Walkabout 911102

2018 JV-24 算盤 Abacus 181125

2018 都電荒川線 Passing Arakawa Line Streetcars 181201

2018 Empty Hallways Stairs and Elevator Etc 181207

2018 有楽町駅へ向かう 夜のイルミネーション道 Yurakucho Station Bound 181207

JV-25 CDシングル 181209

EV-25 Single CDs from 1990s 181209

2018 御徒町駅 夜ホームの様子 Okachimachi Station 181130

2018 神田駅 ホームの様子 Kanda Station Platform View 181207

2018 東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Tokyo to Hamamatsucho 181130

2018 浜松町駅-田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Shinagawa 181130

2018 品川駅-新橋駅 反射の山手線の窓ビュー Shinagawa to Shinbashi 181130

2018 御徒町駅 京浜東北線の出発 Departing Keihin-Tohoku Line Train 181130

2018 御徒町駅 ホームから改札と夜へ Okachimachi Station at Night 181130

2018 アメ横丁 夜九時前の様子 前半 Ameyokocho at 2100 181130

2018 アメ横丁 夜九時前の様子 後半 Ameyokocho at 2100 181130

2018 秋葉原駅 改札を出て夜へ向かう Nighttime Akihabara Station 181130

2018 秋葉原駅 京浜東北線が遣って来る Akihabara Station Keihin-Tohoku Line 181130

2018 秋葉原駅-神田駅-東京駅-有楽町駅 夜の京浜東北線 Akihabara to Yurakucho 181130

2018 有楽町駅 ホームの様子 午後六時半 Yurakucho Station Platform View 181130

2018 有楽町駅隣の緑色イルミネーション 落ち着いた夜 Quiet Night in Yurakucho 181130

2018 紅葉とエスカレーターと反射と線 Autumn View 181129g

2018 秋葉原の光反射橋 夜の散歩 Akihabara Nighttime Reflections Etc 181130

2018 秋葉原の横道と夜の都市雲 Akihabara Side Streets and Night Clouds 181130g

2018 銀座一丁目の横道 落ち着いた夜の眺め 都市雲など Nighttime Ginza Sidestreet 181130

1991 都電荒川線 大塚駅まで Streetcar to Otsuka 911102

1991 大塚駅辺り 商店街と駅 山手線を乗る Otsuka Walkabout 911102

1991 大塚駅-池袋駅 山手線 池袋駅立ち食い Otsuka to Ikebukuro 911102

JV-26 瀬戸大橋愽1988年岡山 パンフレット 181220

EV-26 Brochure for Seto Ohashi Bridge - 1988 181220

2018 品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 181214

2018 田町駅-浜松町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 181214

2018 新橋駅-有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 181214

2018 東京駅 山手線の出発 Yamanote Line Departing Tokyo Station 181214

2018 三鷹駅 夕方ホームの様子 Mitaka Station 181214

2018 夜の三鷹駅から中央線で吉祥寺駅へ向かう Nighttime Chuo Line 181214

2018 吉祥寺駅から出て夜の道へ向かう From the Station Into the Night 181214

2018 吉祥寺 商店街の天井のイルミネーション Seasonal Lights in Kichijoji 181214

2018 吉祥寺 夜の道と店と人 Nighttime Street in Kichijoji 181214

2018 三鷹駅-吉祥寺駅 中央線 Mitaka to Kichijoji - Chuo Line 181216

2018 吉祥寺駅 ホームから改札まで Kichijoji Station - Platform to Ticket Gates 181216

2018 新宿駅新南口のイルミネーション Seasonal Lights in Shinjuku 181218

1991 東池袋の散策散歩 豊島区 Higashi-Ikebukuro Walkabout 911102

JV-27 色々 バスの100Vコンセントとか 181226

EV-27 Various 100V Sockets on Bus Etc 181226

JV-28 1995年10月のMetro Newsと第28回大銀座まつり 営団地下鉄 181229

EV-28 1995 Eidan Subway System Brochures 181229

JV-29 そうそう そうですそうです そうです 世代の言葉変更 181229

EV-29 Generational Shifts in Language 181229

2018 新宿 東側の夜散歩 Nighttime Shinjuku - East Side 181226g

1991 池袋駅-駒込駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Komagome 911102

1991 駒込駅辺りの散策散歩 東銀座街など Komagome Walkabout 911102
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, December 28, 2018

Circa 1991 Neckties...

I mentioned to someone over at YT that I still have some ties I bought back in the flashy bubble years, but that I don't use them much recently - and that they require courage to wear...
The YT person said they were curious what they look like - so I took a quick picture (see above) to show them.  Some other ties I have from the era are more "hade", but this photo (the first four ties from the left) shows how different they were from more recent conservative designs.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Sayonara Self-Published Book...

- Not to be melodramatic about it, but I'm now in the process of ripping up and throwing my approximately 1,800 remaining copies of my self-published book, "The LL-Letters - by Lyle 宏 Saxon & E-Friends" (written in 1999 and published in 2001) into the garbage.
- I still believe in the concept that "There's profound in the mundane, and mundane in the profound", and I think there are a certain number of people out there who would enjoy reading the book, but I don't know how to reach them, and the physical size the 1,800 books are consuming in my small apartment has become an issue, so I've begun to (reluctantly) throw them away.
- I don't want to just put them, as-is, in the garbage though, so I'm first ripping the covers and first pages off (which I in turn rip up and throw away separately).
- And there's another looming issue (aside from not being able to sell them - or even give them away).  It's become increasingly difficult and expensive to throw things away, so I want to get rid of this physical burden before trash disposal rates go up.  Never mind the expression "They couldn't give them away!", that's now becoming "They couldn't afford to pay for them to be thrown away"!
- Naturally, I'm not going to throw all 1,800 remaining copies away, but I'll probably only keep two or three hundred of them.
 - ..... I was going to go on writing more about this, but the more I write, the more depressed I'm getting, so I'll stop here and get back to work on destroying my book.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon