Friday, December 31, 2010

"Tower Near Tokyo Station" - (101207-1836)

"Tower Near Tokyo Station"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Early Morning in Shinjuku" - (101224-0708)

"Early Morning in Shinjuku"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Hachioji Bus, Tozai Line, Shinjuku, Ebisu, Seibu Line, Etc."

This batch of clips is not in exact chronological order, but includes views from Hachioji, Shinjuku, Ebisu and several train lines - including the Tozai, Seibu, Chuo, and Yamanote lines.

This will likely be the last post of 2010.  It's been an interesting year and artistically productive, but a financial disaster.  2011 - from the vantage point of December 31st, 2010 - looks to contain some seriously stormy weather, but even more than that, there are huge questions about what direction things will take.  There are good and bad trends in force, so... so... what to say?  I'll soldier on and hopefully things will head in a good direction.

Riding on a Bus in Hachioji-B (101219-1935)

Riding on a city bus in Hachioji at night. (B)

Tozai Cab View - Takebashi to Otemachi (101220-1335)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train as it rolls from Takebashi to Otemachi.

Tozai Cab View - Otemachi to Nihonbashi (101220-1337)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train as it rolls from Otemachi to Nihonbashi, and then watching (from the platform) the train leave the station.

Walking into Nishi-Shinjuku (101220-1904)

Walking into Nishi-Shinjuku and then over towards Yodobashi Camera.

Waiting for a Train at Yurakucho (101220-2310)

Waiting for a late-night train at Yurakucho Station.

Cool Band at What the Dickens in Ebisu (101215-2031)

Listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu.

Walking Towards Ebisu Station (101215-2127)

Walking towards Ebisu Station after listening to a band at What the Dickens.

Chuo Line Train Leaving Nishi-Hachioji Station (101219-1246)

Watching a Chuo Line train depart Nishi-Hachioji Station.

Walking in the Woods in Hachioji (101219-1549)

Still in Tokyo - walking in the woods in Hachioji.

Walking Along a Road in Hachioji at Night (101219-1918)

Walking along a cold road in Hachioji at night.

Riding on a Bus in Hachioji (101219-1931)

Riding on a bus in Hachioji late one night.

Seibu Line - Arriving at Kodaira Station (101220-1255)

Seibu Line - Arriving at Kodaira Station while looking out a left-side window.

Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba Station (101220-1322)

Tozai Line train pulling into the station at Takadanobaba.

Tozai Line Front Cab View - Arriving at Kudanshita (101220-1332)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train arriving at Kudanshita Station.

Outbound Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku (101220-1900)

Walking down the platform at Shinjuku Station - past a stopped outbound Chuo Line train.

Yurakucho-SB (101220-2307)

Late night at the Yurakucho SB.

Waiting for a Train at Kanda Station (101220-2056)

Watching a Shinkansen go by while waiting for the Yamanote Line at Kanda Station.

Exiting Shinjuku Station via South Exit (101220-1901)

Walking through crowds near Shinjuku's south exit.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Yamanashi Bus Trip (5) - Mt. Fuji

Yamanashi Bus Trip (5) - Mt. Fuji

After stopping at Oshino-Hakkai on my one-day bus trip to Yamanashi Prefecture via the Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs" tour, we went to an outdoor hot spring resort that had a really amazing view of Mt. Fuji. They wouldn't allow cameras in, so I couldn't photograph it, but picture this: Sitting in natural hot spring water looking over and up at towering Mt. Fuji - with misty-looking snow blowing off of places towards the top in the (apparently) strong winds up there. It was really a beautiful thing to behold. All I can do is attempt to describe it, and to show a picture of the mountain I took from the highway on the return trip (it was closer at the hot springs).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Yamanashi Bus Trip (4) - Oshino-Hakkai

Yamanashi Bus Trip (4) - Oshino-Hakkai
Yamanashi Bus Trip (4) - Oshino-Hakkai
This was a nice part of the bus trip to Yamanashi I took (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs" tour) - Oshino-Hakkai - which is comprised of eight spring water ponds fed by snowmelt from neighboring Mt. Fuji.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Yamanashi Bus Trip (3) - Lake Kawaguchi

Yamanashi Bus Trip (3) - Lake Kawaguchi

Part of the bus trip to Yamanashi Prefecture I took (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs") included going by Lake Kawaguchi.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Yamanashi Bus Trip (2) - Temple by Lunch Stop

Yamanashi Bus Trip (2) - Temple by Lunch Stop
Next to where the group (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs" tour) stopped for lunch, there was a picturesque temple.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Yamanashi Bus Trip (1) - Shinjuku Start

Yamanashi Bus Trip (1) - Shinjuku Start

The beginning of my one-day trip to Yamanashi Prefecture (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs" tour) got an early morning start in Shinjuku, where the bus departed from a basement parking area in front of the twin-tower Tokyo government building.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Mt. Fuji on December 24th, 2010

Mt. Fuji on December 24th, 2010

I should have tried harder to get into a position where that roof wouldn't get in the way - but I was with a group and had to take pictures while moving along with the group.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Chuo Line, Shinjuku Station - 300M" (中央線 新宿駅 300M)

中央線 新宿駅 300M

This black sign with white lettering (first picture above), saying 中央線 新宿駅 300M (Chuo Line, Shinjuku Station 300M) I like for its simplicity, clarity, unique style, and its link to the past.  I suppose this type of sign used to be a standard type?  In any case, it's quite rare in 2010 (soon 2011) Tokyo.  Old it may be, but it's perfectly clear and useful, so I hope it stays there indefinitely.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Yamanashi Bus Trip, Shinjuku, Yamanote Cab View, and Ebisu Back Streets"

This batch begins with a few clips from a recent one-day bus trip I took to Yamanashi Prefecture (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs").  Then there are night scenes looking through the front cab of a Yamanote Line train, and of Shinjuku Station and areas around Shinjuku.  After that are some views of Ebisu - including a back street view.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Approaching Winery (December 2010)

Inside a bus on a trip to Yamanashi Prefecture - approaching a Winery.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Vineyards Through Open Window (December 2010)

Looking out a bus window at vineyards (and other things) on a trip to Yamanashi Prefecture.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Driving Through Winter Forest (December 2010)

Watching patterns of light and shadow in the bus while riding through a winter forest in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Clear Water Near Mt. Fuji (December 2010)

Looking into clear water with large trout near Mt. Fuji during a bus trip to Yamanashi Prefecture.

Highway Side View Near Tokyo (December 2010)

Looking out of a bus window at the side view on an expressway near Tokyo.

Bus Rear View of Heavy Traffic (December 2010)

Looking out the rear window of a bus in an expressway traffic jam.

Shinjuku Walk - East Exit to Near Kabukicho (101215-2151)

Walking from near the east exit of Shinjuku Station to near the entrance to Kabukicho.

Looking Around Near Seibu Shinjuku Station (101215-2156)

Looking around near the entrance to Seibu Shinjuku Station.

Yamanote Line - Night Front Cab View from Yoyogi to Shinjuku (101215-2140)

Looking out the front of a Yamanote Line train as it runs from Yoyogi to Shinjuku.

Yamanote Line Train Departing Shinjuku at Night (101215-2142)

Watching a Yamanote Line train departing Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station - West Exit Ticket Gates (101215-2145)

Watching the busy scene at the west exit of Shinjuku Station.

Walking Through Shinjuku Station - West to East (101215-2147)

Walking through Shinjuku Station near 10:00 p.m. - going from near the west exit to the east exit.

Yamanote Line - Night Front Cab View from Harajuku to Yoyogi (101215-2138)

Looking through the front cab of a nighttime Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Harajuku to Yoyogi.

Train Passing by Ebisu Garden Place (101215-1939)

Watching from a bridge as trains speed by below - past Ebisu Garden Place.

Walking Through Ground Level Section of Ebisu Station (101215-2001)

Walking through the ground-level section of Ebisu Station - heading towards the entrance to the Hibiya Line.

Waiting to Cross Intersection in Ebisu (101215-2002)

Waiting one cold evening to cross an intersection in Ebisu - near Ebisu Station.

Walking Down the Sidewalk in Ebisu (101215-2004)

Walking down a sidewalk in Ebisu - listening and watching the local scene.

Looking Around on Ebisu Back Streets (101215-2022)

Looking around by an old shrine on a section of back streets in Ebisu.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Old Coins at Boroichi Street Market" - (101215)

"Old Coins at Boroichi Street Market"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Boroichi, Bus to Shibuya, Ebisu Garden Place, and Jazz Band in Shinjuku"

This batch of video clips begins with several of the December 2010 Boroichi Street market in Setagaya-ku.  After going to Boroichi, I took a bus to Shibuya Station and a then went over to Ebisu, where I took a look at Ebisu Garden Place.

Another day - I took an early morning Seibu Line train to Shinjuku, and then was busy all day and took some more video clips of Shinjuku in the evening, wrapping up with a clip of a three-piece street jazz band that generated an enthusiastic crowd.

Boroichi 2010 - Main Area (101215-1431)

Walking around in the main area of Setagaya's Boroichi street market.

Boroichi Plants for Sale Area - December 2010 (101215-1501)

Walking through the plants-for-sale area of the December 2010 Boroichi in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

Boroichi - Crowded Food Section (101215-1503)

Walking through the crowded food section at Boroichi Street Market in December 2010.

Entering Some Sort of Museum in Setagaya-ku (101215-1508)

Entering Some Sort of Museum in Setagaya-ku during the December 2010 Boroichi Street Market.

Boroichi - Walking Through Crowds and Shopping (101215-1525)

Walking through crowds and shopping at Boroichi Street Market in Setagaya-ku in Tokyo.

Boroichi - Crowds off into the Distance (101215-1550)

Looking off down the street over a sea of people at the December 15th, 2010 Boroichi Street Market in Setagaya in Tokyo.

Boroichi - Twilight Approaching (101215-1625)

Twilight approaching at the December 15th, 2010 Boroichi in Setagaya.

Boroichi - Crowds and Balloons (101215-1631)

Watching crowds and balloons at the Setagaya Boroichi Street Market on December 15th, 2010.

Boroichi - Walking Through Evening Crowds (101215-1632)

Walking through evening crowds at the December 15th, 2010 Setagaya Boroichi street market.

Boroichi - After Dark Stroll (101215-1723)

Walking through a slightly less crowded Boroichi Street Market after dark.  The cold probably sped people towards home somewhat.

On Shibuya-Bound Bus (101215-1733)

Riding a bus on the way from Setagaya to Shibuya.

Getting Off a Bus by Shibuya Station (101215-1800)

Getting off of a Tokyu bus by Shibuya Station.

Entering JR-Shibuya Station (101215-1806)

Entering JR-Shibuya Station - going through the ticket gates and walking towards the stairs.

Ebisu Upper Concourse to Escalator to Street (101215-1828)

Walking along the upper concourse at Ebisu Station, and then going down the long escalator to the street.

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' - Headed Towards Ebisu Garden Place (A) - (101215-1843)

Walking on the 'Yebisu Skywalk' in Ebisu, heading towards Ebisu Garden Place. - (A)

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' - Headed Towards Ebisu Garden Place (B) (101215-1844)

Walking on the 'Yebisu Skywalk' in Ebisu, heading towards Ebisu Garden Place. - (B)

Approaching Ebisu Garden Place (101215-1846)

Approaching Ebisu Garden Place at night.

Ebisu Garden Place - Looking Around (101215-1917)

Looking around at Ebisu Garden Place.

Ebisu - Train Passing in the Night (101215-1923)

In Ebisu - watching a train passing in the (relative) darkness, and then walking off down the street.

Inbound Seibu Shinjuku Express at Speed (101224-0641)

Looking out on the world flying by from an inbound Seibu Shinjuku express at speed at 6:41 a.m.

Boarding Seibu Line Train at 6:22 a.m. (101224-0622)

Boarding an early morning inbound Seibu Line train.

Ogawa Station - 6:18 a.m. (101224-0618)

Looking around and watching a train come in at Ogawa Station at 6:18 a.m.

Seibu Shinjuku Station - Walking Towards Exit Gates at 7:00 a.m. (101224-0700)

Walking towards the exit gates at Seibu Shinjuku Station at 7:00 a.m.

Walking Out of Seibu Shinjuku Station into Early Morning Light (101224-0701)

Walking out of Seibu Shinjuku Station into the early morning light in Shinjuku.

Nishi-Shinjuku Street Scene on December 24th, 2010 (101224-2049)

Walking along taking in an evening street scene in Nishi-Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010.

Jazz Street Band in Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010 (101224-2117)

Watching and listening to a Jazz street band in Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010, along with several other appreciative people on the scene.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Year-End Light-Up in Shinjuku - (101215-2150)

Year-End Light-Up in Shinjuku Copyright 2010 by LHS

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Seibu, Tozai, Inokashira, Setagaya, and Keihin-Tohoku Lines, Boroichi Market, Etc."

Several clips this time:  A couple of views from Seibu Line trains; walking across the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station; Keihin-Tohoku Line train views; more Setagaya Boroichi street market views; the "Yebisu Skywalk" in Ebisu; watching trains in Ebisu; listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu; views of Seibu Line and Tozai Line trains; walking through the inside of a Tozai Line train; watching a Tozai Line train depart Nihonbashi; new building construction in Nihonbashi; Tokyo Station views; Kichijoji Station views; Inokashira Line; Meidaimae Station area; Shimotakaido Station area; Setagaya Line front cab views; and finally - more Boroichi Street Market views.

Dry Winter View From Seibu Train Window (101220)

Looking out on the dry Tokyo countryside from a Seibu train window.

Yurakucho Station Plaza (101220-1840)

Walking through the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station.

Kanda to Tokyo (Keihin Tohoku Line) (101220-2058)

Kanda to Tokyo on the Keihin Tohoku Line.

Tokyo to Yurakucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line) (101220-2101)

Tokyo to Yurakucho on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.

Lights Near Yurakucho Station (101220-2104)

Year end lights near Yurakucho Station.

Setagaya Boroichi Street Market (101215-1400)

Walking into the Setagaya Boroichi Street Market.

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' Towards Ebisu Station (101215-1942)

Walking along the Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' towards Ebisu Station.

Train and Sky Watching Next to Ebisu Station (101215-1949)

Looking around at passing trains below and at the sky above next to Ebisu Station.

Cool Band at What the Dickens in Ebisu (101215-2047)

Watching and listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu.

Seibu Line Train Arriving at Ogawa (101214-1318)

Watching a Seibu Line train arriving at Ogawa.

Two Types of Seibu Line Trains Arriving at Kodaira (101214-1326)

Watching two types of Seibu Line trains arriving at Kodaira Station.

Waiting for Tozai Subway at Takadanobaba (101214-1351)

Standing on the platform - waiting for a Tozai subway line train at Takadanobaba Station.

Walking Through Inside of Tozai Line Train (101214-1354)

Walking through inside of Tozai Line train - up to the front carriage.

Tozai Line Train Departing Nihonbashi Station (101214-1409)

Watching a Tozai Line train departing Nihonbashi Station.

New Building Arising in Nihonbashi (101214-1432)

Watching construction of a new building in Nihonbashi.

Tokyo Station Bus Area Under Construction (101214-1845)

Walking through the Tokyo Station bus area, which is under construction.

Tokyo Station Walk - Chuo Line Delay Announcement (101214-1847)

Walking through Tokyo Station  - listening to an announcement about a delay for the Chuo Line.

Kichijoji Station Platform - Walking to Stairs (101215-1303)

On the Chuo Line platform at Kichijoji Station - headed for the Stairs.

Walking to Front of Inokashira Line Train at Kichijoji (101215-1305)

Walking to the front of an Inokashira Line train at Kichijoji.

Inokashira Line - Front Cab View Before Departure (101215-1309)

Inokashira Line - Front Cab view before departure.

Meidaimae Station Area (明大前駅あたり) (101215-1324)

Looking around in front of Meidaimae Station.  (明大前駅あたり).

Waiting for Train at Meidaimae (明大前駅ホーム) (101215-1326)

Waiting for a train at Meidaimae Station (明大前駅で電車を待っている。

Descending Stairs at Shimotakaido Station (下高井戸駅) (101215-1330)

Walking down a flight of stairs at Shimotakaido Station (下高井戸駅).

Setagaya Line Train Departure at Shimotakaido Station (101215-1331)

Setagaya Line train departure at Shimotakaido Station.

Rail Crossing and Shopping Arcade near Shimotakaido Station (101215-1334)

A rail crossing and nearby shopping arcade next to Shimotakaido Station.

Keio Line Train Zooming into Shimotakaido Station (101215-1337)

Watching a Keio Line train zooming into Shimotakaido Station.

Boarding Setagaya Line at Shimotakaido (下高井戸駅世田谷線) (101215-1342)

Boarding a Setagaya Line train (streetcar) at Shimotakaido (下高井戸駅世田谷線).

Setagaya Line - Shimotakaido to Matsubara (101215-1344)

Riding the Setagaya Line from Shimotakaido to Matsubara.

Setagaya Line - Matsubara to Yamashita (101215-1346)

Riding the Setagaya Line from Matsubara to Yamashita.

Setagaya Line - Yamashita to Miyanosaka (101215-1349)

Setagaya Line front cab view from Yamashita to Miyanosaka.

Setagaya Line - Miyanosaka to Kamimachi (101215-1351)

Front cab view on a Setagaya Line train from Miyanosaka to Kamimachi.

Entering Boroichi Street Market (101215-1357)

Entering the Boroichi street market area.

Boroichi Street Market (101215-1400)

Within the Boroichi street market - 2010

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Central Tokyo Side Street" - (101214-1433)

Central Tokyo Side Street - Copyright 2010 by LHS

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Inokashira Line, Boroichi Market, Hachioji Street Musician, Etc."

Beginning with another look at the construction project on the Seibu Line between Oyama and Hagiyama Stations, and then looking out the front cab of an Inokashira Line train on the way to the Boroichi street market, where I show a look-around at night as an announcement is made by the police to warn people about fraudsters calling and pretending to be police - asking for their bank account numbers and passwords.  Then a short clip of a street musician performing in front of Hachioji Station, and finally a front cab view from a Seibu Line train.

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Construction Section (101214-1319)

Looking out a right-side window on the Seibu Line at the Ogawa to Hagiyama section under construction.

Inokashira Line Cab View - Kugayama to Eifukucho (101215-1314)

Looking out the front cab of a Inokashira Line train rolling from Kugayama to Eifukucho.

Inokashira Line Cab View - Eifukucho to Meidaimae (101215-1318)

Looking out the front cab of a Inokashira Line train rolling from Eifukucho to Meidaimae.

Setagaya Boroichi Night View (101215-1720)

Looking around towards the end of the first day of the Setagaya Boroichi in December 2010 - a night view.

Mori Kotaro (森浩太郎) Live - Hachioji Station (101219-1945)

A quick look at a street musician in front of Hachioji Station.
森浩太郎 -


Seibu Kokubunji Line - Cab View (to and from) Koigakubo (101219-1219)

Looking out the front cab of a Seibu Kokubunji Line train as it comes into - and then leaves - Koigakubo Station.

And recent art gallery visits are covered at this blog:

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Residential Towers in Tokyo - (101209)

Residential Towers in Tokyo

It used to be that people bought land out on the fringes of Tokyo and built individual houses, commuting into the center of town to work.  Increasingly people are buying large apartments in residential towers, such as the ones shown in the pictures above.  Being near to the center of Tokyo, towers like this have dramatic mega-city views.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Keyboard Advertising..." - (101209-1535)

"Keyboard Advertising..." Copyright LHS 2010

This appears to be becoming a standard form of advertising. I suppose the next step will be to place advertising on the ceilings of enclosed spaces!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Few Weeks Ago... (101124-1944)

A Few Weeks Ago... Copyright 2010 by Lyle H Saxon

Just a few weeks ago, it was still autumn - but now it's winter. The transition from cool to cold seemed a bit sudden this year.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Chuo Line, Oedo Line, Kachidoki Scenes, Tokyo Waterfront, and Shinjuku"

A variety of scenes from the Chuo Line and the Oedo Line - along with scenes of the Kachidoki area, the Tokyo waterfront, and Shinjuku.

Slow Start Inbound Chuo Line from Shinjuku (101209-1538)

Looking around the platform from the inside of an inbound Chuo Line train while it waited at Shinjuku Station before departing.

Inbound Chuo Line - Ochanomizu to Kanda (101209-1549)

Riding an inbound Chuo Line train from Ochanomizu to Kanda.

Inbound Chuo Line - Kanda to Tokyo (101209-1552)

Taking an inbound Chuo Line train from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station.

Inbound Chuo Line Train Arriving at Kokubunji Station (101209-0938)

Watching an inbound Chuo Line Train arriving at Kokubunji Station around 9:30 in the morning.

Inbound Chuo Line Train Departing Kokubunji (101209-0939)

Riding an inbound Chuo Line train away from Kokubunji.

Walking Through Nakano Station (101209-0956)

Walking through typically crowded Nakano Station while changing trains.

Late Morning Local Chuo Line Train (101209-1008)

While riding a late morning local Chuo Line train, I lowered (for the first time) one of the cattle-car seats, which are kept folded up until 10:00 a.m.

Oedo Line - Stopping at Azabu-Juban Station (101209-1021)

Riding the deep-tunnel Oedo Line - stopping at Azabu-Juban Station on the way across town.

Oedo Line Reflections (101209-1029)

Looking at/through a window on the deep-tunnel Oedo Line - watching reflections, etc.

Oedo Line Cab View - Pulling into Station (101209-1030)

Looking out the front of an Oedo Line train as it pulls into a station.

Oedo Line - Cab Tunnel View (101209-1031)

Riding an Oedo Line train - looking out at the tunnel ahead as the train makes its way across town.

Oedo Line - Kachidoki Station (101209-1035)

A look at Kachidoki Station on the Oedo Line.

Kachidoki Street Scene (101209-1045)

A look at a street scene in the Kachidoki area.

Kachidoki Apartment Tower (101209-1052)

A look up at an Apartment Tower in the Kachidoki area.

Kachidoki Apartment Towers (101209-1245)

A look at some of the huge Apartment Towers in Kachidoki.

Near Tokyo Waterfront - 360 (101209-1256)

Taking a 360-degree look at a (former?) pier near a part of the Tokyo waterfront.

Headed Towards Tokyo Waterfront (101209-1258)

Walking towards a part of the Tokyo waterfront.

Tokyo Waterfront - Passing Boat (101209-1308)

Looking around the Tokyo Waterfront as a boat passes by.

Kachidoki - Old Section Houses and New Construction Site (101209-1339)

Looking around Kachidoki - at an old section of houses and a new construction site.

Narrow Alley Between Houses in Kachidoki (101209-1358)

Having a look in a narrow alley in-between a block of old houses and a new construction site in Kachidoki.

Exiting Oedo Line at Shinjuku (101209-1427)

Getting off an Oedo Line train at Shinjuku Station.

On the Way to the Surface of the Earth (101209-1429)

Looking at reflections by an escalator on my way to the surface of the Earth.

Walking by West Side of Shinjuku Station (101209-1446)

Walking by the west side of Shinjuku Station in the early afternoon.

Early Afternoon Omoide Yokocho (101209-1448)

Walking down Omoide Yokocho izakaya street in the early afternoon.

Edge of Kabukicho - Early Afternoon (101209-1451)

Walking along the edge of Kabukicho in the Early Afternoon.

Kabukicho Mystery Alley (101209-1456)

Walking through a very narrow alley in Kabukicho.

Stroll Through Shopping Area of Tokyo Station (101209-1554)

Walking through a shopping area of Tokyo Station on my way to the exit.

Walking Through Tokyo Station (101209-2238)

Walking through typical Tokyo Station conditions on my to a late night train.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Seibu Line, Tozai Line, Ginza Line, Chuo Line, Oedo Line, Shinjuku Area, Etc."

This batch of clips begins with an evening view of the area under construction on the Seibu Line between Ogawa and Hagiyama.  Then the next clip jumps back in time to May of this year, to a view of a street band performing (under an overhang) in the rain.  And then there are various things: waiting for trains, boarding trains, riding trains (involving several train lines), viewing an art exhibition, walking by the construction zone in front of Tokyo Station, watching the world roll by from train windows, walking down the street in Shinjuku, etc.

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Evening Construction Zone (101204-1630)

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Construction Zone - evening view.

(M) - Sasurai Meika - Live in Nishi Shinjuku (100511-2201)

Sasurai Meika - Live in Nishi Shinjuku - back in May 2010.

Ginza-One Party (101204-1904)

A look at an opening party at Gallery Ginza-One.  This was a group exhibition, with many artists participating (and attending the party).

Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi (101204-2217)

Boarding a Tozai Line train at Nihonbashi Station late at night, after running down the platform to get nearer to the anticipated area of the platform I planned to get off at.

Seibu Line - Waiting for the Next Train (101204-2238)

Seibu Line - Waiting for the next train - people tuned into their cell phones (as usual).

Oedo Line Tunnel Noises (101209-1023)

Listening to tunnel noises while riding the Oedo Line.

Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba (101207-1423)

Boarding a Tozai Line train at Takadanobaba.

Ginza Line (Rear View) Leaving Nihonbashi Station (101207-1441)

Ginza Line rear view while leaving Nihonbashi Station.

Gallery Ginza 1-Chome Exhibition (101207-1651)

Riding the elevator up to the three-person exhibition at Gallery Ginza 1-Chome and taking a quick look at the exhibition (which looks better in person).

Tokyo Station Bus and Construction Area (101207-1838)

Tokyo Station Bus and construction area.  This area has been under construction for some time now.

Outbound Chuo Line Window Reflections (101207-1842)

Looking outside and inside via outbound Chuo Line window reflections.

Outbound Chuo Line - Inside View (101207-1854)

Looking down the train car on an outbound Chuo Line train.

Outbound Chuo Line - Shinjuku Platform (101207-1855)

A typical evening view on the outbound Chuo Line platform at Shinjuku Station.

Exiting South Exit at Shinjuku Station (101207-1857)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the South Exit.

Shinjuku South Exit Crosswalk and Construction Area (101207-1858)

Crossing the street from the South Exit of Shinjuku station and walking by the ongoing construction area on the other side.

Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll (101207-1903)

Walking around in Nishi-Shinjuku.

Oishi Yu (大石悠) Shinjuku Jazz Street Band - (101207-2113)

A quick view of the Shinjuku Jazz street band Oishi Yu (大石悠).

Oishi Yu website:

Local Chuo Line Train - Nakano to Higashi-Nakano (101209-0958)

Local Chuo Line Train - Nakano to Higashi-Nakano  The seats in the six-door car (twelve if you count the doors on both sides) are locked in the up position until 10:00 a.m. (I passed through the car just before ten), and then - at 10:00 - a light comes on by the seats, and they are remotely unlocked and can be pulled down.  Later I went back and the car was mostly full of sitting people, except one seat left in the up position.  (I had thought the light was a button that caused the seat to electrically come down, but is simply a light indicating that the seat can be pulled down.  After many years of riding these trains, I got to try that out for the first time on this ride!)

Local Chuo Line Train - Higashi Nakano to Okubo (101209-1002)

Local Chuo Line train - Higashi Nakano Station to Okubo Station.

Local Chuo Line Train - Okubo to Shinjuku (101209-1004)

Local Chuo Line train - Okubo Station to Shinjuku Station.

Entering Kachidoki Station (101209-1402)

Entering Kachidoki Station after exploring the area.

Inbound Chuo Line to Ochanomizu (101209-1545)

Taking an inbound Chuo Line train to Ochanomizu Station.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"Waiting for a Train" - (101204-2236)

"Waiting for a Train"

A typical view while navigating the train system in Tokyo - people tuned into their cell phones while others look off into the near distance at the surrounding scenery....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

"Mysterious Passageway" - (101204)

"Mysterious Passageway"

Both of the above images are the same picture - I brightened it for the second image in order to see as far along the passageway as possible.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 06, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

"Water Reflections, Kodaira Chuo Park Concert, and Shibuya Sidewalks"

Contemplative views of an autumn sky through tree branches reflected in pools of rainwater.  Autumn views of Kodaira Chuo Park and a kind of festival, followed by an outdoor concert in the park with several musicians participating.

Then a sudden jump to the sidewalks of Shibuya - with views of people nonchalantly navigating the walkways of the megacity.  Finally some views of the Inokashira Line and the Chuo Line....

"Sky Reflection in Shimmering Water" (20101123Tu-1400)

Looking at a blue and white sky reflected in a pool of shimmering water.

キラキラしている水の中に空が青と白  東京

"Sky Through Trees Reflected in Water" (101123Tu-1406)

Looking at the sky through trees - reflected in a still pool of rainwater.

水の中に空と木を見ている  東京

"Autumn Event in Kodaira Chuo Park - 2010" (101123Tu-1415)

Walking through an autumn event in Kodaira Chuo Park in November of 2010.

小平中央公園での秋祭り  東京

"Looking Around Concert Area in Kodaira Chuo Park" (101123Tu-1445)

Looking around the concert area in Kodaira Chuo Park - including looking down at Tamagawa-josui Canal, etc.

小平中央公園のコンサートのあたりを見回る  東京

"Walking Around Kodaira Chuo Park - Autumn 2010" (101123Tu-1510)

Walking around inside Kodaira Chuo Park in autumn of 2010.

小平中央公園を秋見回る  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (D)" (101123Tu-1608)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (D)  The generator to power the amplifiers was a bit noisy, but the singer has a nice voice and it sounded good from up on the hill.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (E)" (101123Tu-1642)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (E)  The singer's voice went well with the magic in the twilight zone between day and night.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (F)" (101123Tu-1649)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (F)  Slipping into night - the music continued....

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (G)" (101123Tu-1700)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (G)  The music was good, but it was cold and late... and I didn't stay past this for the end of the concert.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Shibuya Scramble Crosswalk - December 1st, 2010" (101201We-1902)

Walking across the scramble crosswalk in Shibuya on December 1st, 2010.

渋谷スクランブル交差点  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalks - West to East" (101201We-1904)

Walking on Shibuya sidewalks - from the west side of the station to the east.

渋谷の人間道  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalks - East Side" (101201We-1905)

Walking along Shibuya sidewalks on the east side of the station.

渋谷の人間道 - 東側  東京

"Shibuya Heading Up the Hill" (101201We-1906)

Walking up the hill on the east side of Shibuya Station.

渋谷の人間道 - 坂を上る  東京

"Shibuya Station Bound - 10:36 p.m." (101201We-2236)

Walking towards Shibuya Station late at night.

渋谷駅向き - 夜遅く  東京

"Shibuya Izakaya Alley" (101201We-2242)

Walking around in an izakaya alley in Shibuya.

渋谷居酒屋通り  東京

"Shibuya Scramble Crosswalk - 10:44 p.m." (101201We-2244)

Walking across the Shibuya scramble crosswalk on my way to the Inokashira Line.

渋谷スクランブル交差点 - 渋谷駅向き  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalk - Station Bound" (101201We-2245)

Walking along a Shibuya sidewalk on my way to Shibuya Station.

渋谷の人間道 - 駅向き  東京

"Entering Inokashira Line - Shibuya Station" (101201We-2246)

Walking through the ticket barrier of the Inokashira Line at Shibuya Station.

渋谷駅の井の頭線入り口  東京

"Arriving at Kichijoji on Inokashira Line" (101201We-2312)

Arriving at Kichijoji Station on an Inokashira Line train - and then walking along the platform.

井の頭線の電車で吉祥寺駅に到着  東京

"Boarding Chuo Line Train at Kichijoji" (101201We-2315)

Boarding a Chuo Line train at Kichijoji Station.

吉祥寺駅で中央線を乗る  東京

"Departing Kichijoji Station on Chuo Line Train" (101201We-2316)

Departing Kichijoji Station on a Chuo Line train.

中央線の電車で吉祥寺駅を出発  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ginza Open Top Tour Bus - (101124-1830)

Ginza Open Top Tour Bus

I'd like to try riding this bus myself - but maybe not in the winter! It looked like there were only two passengers and one tour guide.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Late Autumn, 2010

Late Autumn, 2010  Copyright 2010, Lyle H Saxon

With winter temperatures having arrived, the leaves on the trees are rapidly changing and falling. Hello another winter - dreams of the spring begin once again.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

1957 Aerial View of Nihonbashi

1957 Aerial View of Nihonbashi

This is a picture of a large aerial picture printed on a wall near a new construction project in Nihonbashi. This area looks quite different now! For one thing, there's an expressway running over the river - and it looks like there are a lot of two-story buildings in this picture (in the upper right-hand corner) - which are almost completely gone now.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Shibuya Station Area on Saturday Night, November 27th, 2010"

I dropped by Shibuya on Saturday night to meet a couple of people.  (Mysterious?  Cool!  Good reason not to explain it then!)  On the way back to the station, I took a few video clips - including of a band that was playing in front of Shibuya Station... until an angry-looking police office (or security person?) started talking to the leader of the band.  The music stopped - the police officer talked angrily on - the band leader looked resigned/irritated/disappointed... the camera dude turned and walked under the rail bridge (see clips below).

Shibuya - From West to East Side - (101127)

Walking Downhill in Shibuya - (101127-2109)

Street Band in Shibuya-A - (101127-2112)

Street Band in Shibuya-B - (101127-2113a)

Street Band in Shibuya-C - (101127-2116a)

Street Band in Shibuya-D - Stopped - (101127-2117a)

Saturday Night Shibuya - From East to West Side - (101127-2118a)

Shibuya Crosswalk - (101127-2122a)

Shibuya Sidewalk - (101127-2123a)

Exiting Inokashira Line in Kichijoji - (101127-2151)

On a national holiday - a nice day in the park:

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (A)

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (B)

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (C)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Carrying Atmospheres"

Boarding an old type JR Express train a few weeks ago in Shinjuku, I was happy to see it was from a few decades back.  I haven't actually ridden in the JR limited express trains all that often, but I've been seeing them on the rails for a quarter century now, so they seem like a permanent piece of the world (which they are not of course...), so it's sort of sad to see them disappearing from the rails.

Anyway, I settled into my seat by a left-side window and watched Tokyo roll by as the train headed for the countryside.  Reaching the countryside, things looked exotic out the window and there was a slight feeling of a piece of the city (the train) being away from its natural habitat.  Not logical of course, but keep in mind that I'm used to seeing them in the city, so it seems like they are a part of the city and the city is a part of them... (which is true in a sense).

Getting off the train up in Nikko, I walked up to the front of the train and contemplated its design - thinking of all the many kilometers it's traveled over the decades and wondering how extensively it's traveled the country.  Interesting enough, but feeling the tug of passing time, I turned around and headed off into my Nikko trip, putting the old train out of my mind.

After a couple of days traveling around in Nikko - including to the Kinugawa Onsen area, I boarded a newer type express train for the return trip to Tokyo, and this time, the train seemed to be a part of the countryside - as it might, after watching the express trains on the rails over two days.  (Incidentally, I didn't see the old type of express train at all - after the one I took from Shinjuku to Nikko - but saw many of the newer type that I took back to Shinjuku - so that old type train may be even rarer than I thought.)

Homeward-bound and looking forward to more time in a comfortable seat by a window, I went to a store first and bought some food - a little more than I needed actually - and then when I sat down on the train, I began eating and drinking - a luxury all the more luxurious for usually not being able to do it!

The train rolled on through the evening, and then through the night - and as it passed... I think it was Akabane Station (not sure about that though), I looked at all the people on the platforms and felt a bit surprised at there being so many!  Since I live in Tokyo, I know only too well how crowded it is, but in two days on the trains in Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area, I'd gotten used to a more leisurely pace and a lot fewer people!

Getting off the train in Shinjuku - this time the train seemed like it belonged to the countryside and was out-of-place in the mega-city.  But of course... travel devices carry something of the atmosphere they come from when they travel somewhere.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Bicycle Ride, Shinjuku Night Scenes/Crowds, and Keio Bus"

Starting off on a bicycle ride along a busy road (and then a side street), and then going to (when else?) nighttime Shinjuku, and (finally) wrapping up with a ride on a Fuchu-bound Keio Line bus.

"Bicycle Ride by Nishi-Kokubunji Station" (101113Sa-1042)

Riding a bicycle by Nishi-Kokubunji Station.

自転車で西国分寺駅から通る  東京

"Riding a Bicycle by a Tokyo Park in November 2010" (101113Sa-1542)

Riding past a park in the autumn of 2010 in Tokyo.

東京の公園を自転車で通る  東京

"NIshi-Shinjuku - Crosswalk and Omoide-Yokocho" (101116Tu-1849)

Crossing a wide sidewalk in Nishi-Shinjuku and then walking through Omoide-Yokocho alley.

西新宿横断歩道と思い出横丁散歩  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Sidewalk - November 2010" (101116Tu-1851)

Walking along a sidewalk in Nishi-Shinjuku.

西新宿の人々散歩  東京

"NIshi-Shinjuku Street Singers, Political Speech, Etc." (101116Tu-1853)

Walking along the sidewalk on the west side of Shinjuku Station - watching street singers and trying to ignore a loud political speech.

西新宿の人々散歩とストリート歌手  東京

"Blue Light Path and Shinjuku South Exit" (101116Tu-1859)

Walking from the west side of Shinjuku Station - via the blue path - to the area by the south exit, and navigating through the crowds there.

新宿駅西口から新宿駅南口までの散歩と南口の人々  東京

"Keio Bus - Fuchu-Bound" (101118Th-1602)

Looking around on in the inside of a Keio bus bound for Fuchu Station.  (Notice how the driver turns the engine off while stopped.  Also notice a sign of the bad economy - the empty spaces where there could be advertisements.)

府中行きの慶応バス内  東京

And some new art gallery posts here:

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, November 19, 2010

"Shadows on Fallen Leaves" - (091206)

"Shadows on Fallen Leaves"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

I Don't Like Cars in Tokyo...

I Don't Like Cars in Tokyo...

All that wasted space sitting under ugly asphalt - just so cars will have somewhere to sit.  It would be better not to have any personal cars in Tokyo!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Cooler Weather - Cold Weather on the Horizon"

During the summer I was looking forward to being out of the heat in the autumn - and that is where I am now, but the temperatures are sliding out of the comfort zone and towards downright cold, at which time I'll be dreaming of spring again....

Earlier in the week, I stopped and listened to a street musician from Osaka perform a song in front of Shinjuku Station:

"Michiko (ミチコ) Live by Shinjuku Station"

Michiko playing the keyboard and singing while somebody (cough-cough) walks around taking a shaky video clip.

The musician's blog is:

There was a couple who set up beside her and were about to begin playing as soon as she stopped, but a police officer came around and stopped them before they could begin.  I wish they could have played at least one song.

The results of this week's gallery crawl are here:

My favorite exhibition was this one:

It's difficult to explain why exactly, but I attempt to in that blog post!

I also liked this exhibit:

 - although the gallery owner irritated me by speaking English at me as though I had just parachuted down into Ginza from another galaxy.  Probably he meant it in a friendly way, although it didn't *feel* friendly, so I didn't take it as such and just silently nodded to be civil, while refusing to step into the game.  (That "game" reference might not make any sense unless you've lived here since a date that falls before the sudden jump in the yen in the mid-eighties...).

Sore dewa, mata!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon