Sunday, November 01, 2009

"Walk-About Videos"

Time - as in there's never enough to do all the things you want to do, such as detailed editing of large amounts of video images. So... facing the decision to post nothing for a couple of weeks or to post some raw footage, I went with posting raw footage. This doesn't mean I've given up on editing - it just means that I thought the raw stuff might make for (barely) tolerable watching. With that... disclaimer? - on to the videos:

"Shibuya Shop Walk (Inside) - October 2009"

Walking through the indoor shopping & restaurant strip that leads from Dogenzaka down to Shibuya Station. No edited out bits - just one steady walk - ending up on the Yamanote Line platform for Shinjuku-bound trains.

"Ginza Sanpo-E - October 28th, 2009-A"

Strolling around in Ginza, visiting art galleries, etc. The weather on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 (when this was taken), was perfect for walking. Cool enough that a light jacket was appreciated, but not cold yet and the trees mostly still have green leaves.

"Ginza Night - October 28th, 2009-B"

More walking around in Ginza as the weather hints at the coming winter. I walk past a fashionable woman wearing a kimono while crossing a street, etc.

"Shibuya Jungle Walk-A - October 29th, 2009"

Riding into town (Shibuya, Shinjuku, etc. are considered "towns" within Tokyo) on the Yamanote Line, I jump off the train and dive into the jungle of evening Shibuya. Taken at around 5:15 p.m., there are a lot of students there who have come by after getting out of high school for the day and before going home for the night. There are some university students and whatnot as well, but I get the impression (not necessarily accurate) that the area is more popular with high school students than university students, but university students don't wear uniforms, so it's hard to say by appearance.

There is also a view (inside & out) of the train car (used as a waiting area) in Hachiko Plaza and the Hachiko dog statue. Incidentally, the street I went jungle walking on used to be a river (stream?), that they put underground in order to make that street.

"Shinjuku Bound Yamanote Line Train at Shibuya"

All 11 cars of a Shinjuku/Takadanobaba/Ikebukuro-bound Yamanote Line train zoom past at Shibuya Station. (Taken on October 30th, 2009.)

"Shibuya Jungle Walk-A - October 30th, 2009"

Walking around in Shibuya in the evening (first of three). The streets chosen for this walk are different from the ones I recorded for the "Shop Walk" video.

"Shibuya Jungle Walk-B - October 30th, 2009"

Continuing my Friday evening walkabout in Shibuya.

"Shibuya Jungle Walk-C - October 30th, 2009"

Last of three walkabout videos taken on Friday evening, October 30th, 2009, in Shibuya.

"GDU University Aki-Matsuri (1) - November 1st, 2009"

A fall festival at GDU University. The students are running booths selling different types of food & drink. These are fun to go to, but I generally end up spending more money than I would prefer!

"Gakugei Daigaku (University) Jazz Band - Nov. 1st, 2009"

A cool jazz band at the Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) at Gakugei Daigaku (Gakugei University) on October 31st and November 1st, 2009. Jazz appears to be much more popular in Japan than in its birthplace, the US.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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