These videos are the non-music bits that fit in-between the music videos I posted to my art and music blog: "Tokyo Art & Music"
All of them were taken on a Friday night in mid-February 2010.
"Ikebukuro Station, East Side, Friday Night" (100219-2017)
Walking along the wide, long sidewalk that runs in front of the east side of Ikebukuro Station... coming upon a couple of street musicians in the process.
池袋駅前東口 東京 (Recorded on Friday, February 19th, 2010, at 8:17 p.m.)
"Ikebukuro - Looking for the Next Band" (100219_2022)
Looking for the next street band - and homing in on jazz sounds coming from down the sidewalk (which is why I make a U-turn in the middle of the crosswalk).
池袋駅前東口の次のストリートバンドの探し 東京 (Recorded on Friday, February 19th, 2010, at 8:22 p.m.)
"Pedestrian Island - Jazz Music Background" (100219-2029)
As the traffic island band is about to get back in gear, the street-crossers migrate across the wide street to the sounds of the jazz band just down the street.
池袋駅東口前の横断歩道 東京 (Recorded on Friday, February 19th, 2010, at 8:29 p.m.)
"Ikebukuro Side Street" (100219-2031)
This street used to be more interesting - before it had dead zones with no shops, but it still retains a little of its old feel. I'm beginning to worry about the future of Tokyo. Modern high-rise buildings may be nice, but an entire city full of them would be really boring. Tokyo seems to be on a small-building-eradication binge. I hope some of the older buildings can survive - as having pockets of smaller & older buildings here and there has been one of the attractions of living in Tokyo.
池袋駅東口側の細い道 でっかいビルだらけは、つまらないので、古い小さい建物が少し残った方がいいと思います 東京 (Recorded on Friday, February 19th, 2010, at 8:31 p.m.)
"Homeward-Bound Workers - Ikebukuro" (100219-2033)
8:30 p.m. - and people stream towards Ikebukuro Station to begin their rail journey home. Some straight from work, and some from restaurants and drinking places. 8:30 being relatively early though, most are likely coming straight from work.
池袋駅東口側 仕事が終わって、うちへ向かう人たち 東京 (Recorded on Friday, February 19th, 2010, at 8:33 p.m.)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon