Going here and there - seeing Nagashima Koichiro perform live in Shinjuku one evening; seeing a protest in Kasumigaski for higher wages one afternoon; and looking at a sunset through trees in a park one evening.
The park is being threatened with road construction plans - apparently some idiot(s) think it would be a good idea to destroy half of a not-very large park and run a four-lane main road through it. Sheer insanity! When will the human race wake up and stop destroying their habitat in blind infatuation with the bloody internal combustion engine?
"Nagashima Koichiro Live in Shinjuku, Saturday, January 16th, 2010" (100116-1743)
Bouncing around on Saturday, January 16th, 2010, I ran into Kouichirou Nagashima playing his guitar and singing out in a cold-cold January wind on the east side of Shinjuku Station. I liked his music, so I bought the three CD's he had out for sale (one with two songs and the other two with one song each). His website is as follows:
新宿駅前東口 長島功一郎 東京 (Recorded on Saturday, January 16th, 2010, at 5:43 p.m.)
"Kasumigaseki Protest for Higher Wages - January 19th, 2010" (100119-1128)
This demonstration for higher wages took place on January 19th, 2010, beginning in Kasumigaseki with speeches and some chanting in front of a government building in Kasumigaseki, and then the participants filed off into Hibiya Park with their banners, and probably marched through part of the city chanting (as is the custom), but I went off in a different direction, so I didn't see them after taking this video clip.
According to a flyer I was handed while walking through (seen briefly at the end of this clip), some of the largest companies have been hording cash for over ten years without raising employee's salaries (it specifically mentions Toyota and Canon). On the flip side of the page, it says that the average minimum wage for Japan now is Y713, and calls for raising it to Y1,000.
霞ヶ関で、国民春闘共闘と東京春闘共闘のデモ 東京 (Recorded on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, at 11:28 a.m.)
"Kasumigaseki Protest for Higher Wages (Chant) - January 19th, 2010" (100119-1131)
Continuation of the video clip showing a demonstration for higher wages that took place on January 19th, 2010, in Kasumigaseki, with a woman leading a protest chant.
According to a flyer I was handed while walking through, some of the largest companies have been hording cash for over ten years without raising employee's salaries (it specifically mentions Toyota and Canon). On the flip side of the page, it says that the average minimum wage for Japan now is Y713, and calls for raising it to Y1,000.
霞ヶ関で、国民春闘共闘と東京春闘共闘のデモの声 東京 (Recorded on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, at 11:31 a.m.)
"Cold Windy January Day in Evening Tokyo Park" (2010)
A typical dry, cold, and windy day in January Tokyo. The stillness of such days provides a contrast that makes July and August summer days seem more fully summer and warm/hot. ...... I suppose a certain amount of bad times are needed in order to perceive good times as good....
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon