Monday, March 01, 2010

"Yurakucho, Chuo Line View of Kanda, & Lonely Ogawa"

From narrow passages under the elevated railways in Yurakucho and walking down a Yurakucho Street as a standard pedestrian, to viewing nighttime Kanda through a Chuo Line window, and finally contemplating how lonely a late night burbs station is in cold February (in this case Ogawa).

"Passageways Under the Tracks in Yurakucho" (100223-1732)

Walking through narrow passageways under the elevated railways in Yurakucho.  There are not so many of these types of places left.  New construction of glittering high-rises in Yurakucho has elevated the land prices in this area and thus the rents of the businesses operating here....

有楽町のガードの下の居酒屋など  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, at 5:32 p.m.)

"Yurakucho - Walking Towards Station" (100223-1736)

Walking towards Yurakucho Station, moving in parallel with the JR elevated railways (to the right).

有楽町駅に向かう  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, at 5:36 p.m.)

"Chuo Line - Nighttime Window View of Kanda Area" (100223-1823)

Looking out a left-side window of a Chuo Line train as it departs Kanda Station.

Kanda is where Japan started for me back in 1984 - as it's the first place I stayed (for a week at an old brick hotel since torn down).

夜の中央線の車両中から、出発しながら、神田駅あたりの風景を見る  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, at 6:23 p.m.)

"Nighttime Ogawa Station - Mostly Empty" (100223-2229)

In stark contrast to central hub stations on the Yamanote Line, like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Tokyo, etc., 10:30 p.m. at a station out on a burbs line is a lonely place to be - with just people from each outbound train rushing out of the station quickly on the way home.

夜の誰もいない小川駅  東京  (Recorded on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010, at 10:29 p.m.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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