Monday, February 15, 2010

"Ginza Line, Ginza & Yurakucho Couple"

A continuation of February 9th, 2010 - with this batch of videos beginning at Nihonbashi Station, where I transferred to the Ginza Line (from the Tozai Line), and then a couple of clips from Ginza and a couple from neighboring Yurakucho.

"Nihonbashi - Getting on Ginza Line" (100209-1338)

Walking onto the Ginza Line platform at Nihonbashi Station just as a Ginza Line train arrives.  The Ginza Line is Tokyo's oldest subway - which began operation in December 1927, running between Asakusa and Ueno.  (The first surface railway - between Yokohama and Shinbashi - began operation in 1872.)

日本橋駅で銀座線に乗る  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at 1:38 p.m.)

"Edge of Ginza 4-Chome Walk" (100209-1345)

Walking along the street that divides Ginza 4-chome and Ginza 5-chome.  The long white barrier on the left is yet another construction site.  Tokyo - the city that (seemingly) has outlawed old buildings.  Anything older than a few decades is considered not fit to exist and is promptly torn down to be replaced by yet another new high-rise building.  New is nice, but a little more old mixed in with the new would be nice....

銀座四丁目の散歩  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at 1:45 p.m.)

"Ginza Okuno Building Original Round Window" (100209-1403)

A functionally opening original round window in the over seven-decade-old Okuno Building is quite rare, so I thought it would be good to record it for posterity's sake.  The racket in the background is the construction of the large building going up immediately behind the Okuno Building.  (The "view" from the round window is of the building next door, and yes, you can reach out and touch it - it's that close.)

銀座奥野ビルの丸い窓  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at 2:03 p.m.)

"Passing Shinkansen Trains Near Yurakucho Station" (100209-1653)

As I approach Yurakucho Station, two Shinkansen trains pass by overhead.

有楽町駅に近づきながら、新幹線が通る  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at 4:53 p.m.)

"Couple Crossing Street in Yurakucho" (100209-1815)

As I head towards Yurakucho Station, I find myself behind a couple... and pondering why it is that this scene seems more fitting in Yurakucho than in many other parts of Tokyo - possibly due to the historical romance of nearby Ginza?

有楽町駅前の交差点を渡る二人  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010, at 6:15 p.m.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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