Monday, April 05, 2010

"Kudankita Hanami, Yokohama, & Hino Station"

Starting with a walk through the sakura viewing area in Kudankita (near Kudanshita Station), and then showing part of the Minato-Mirai (subway) Line in Yokohama, a couple of amusement park rides (also in Yokohama), and a view of Hino Station on the Chuo Line.

"Kudankita 2-Chome Hanami Walkabout-A" (100331-2012)

Walking by the many food stalls at the large hanami area in Kudankita 2-Chome (near Kudanshita Station on one side and Yasukuni Shine on the other).  This area is logistically good for large groups to meet for a hanami session under the cherry blossoms - particularly for companies in the area.

九段北2丁目の花見散歩-A(靖国神社の近く)相変わらず桜は、綺麗です  東京  (Recorded on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, at 8:12 p.m.)

"Riding Toyoko Line Train into Motomachi-Chukagai Station" (100319-1503)

Riding a nearly empty Toyoko Tokkyu train into Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minato-Mirai Line (which is seamlessly connected to the Toyoko Line from Shibuya).

(The "To" of Toyoko is from "Tokyo" and the "yoko" is from "Yokohama" - that name chosen since the train ran between Tokyo (Shibuya Station) and Yokohama (Sakuragicho Station - which was the Yokohama side of Japan's very first train, which ran from Yokohama to Shinbashi).  When they built the Minato-Mirai subway line, the Toyoko Line was put underground as it approaches Yokohama Station, and it no longer stops at Sakaragicho Station (where JR still has a station), since it was rerouted to match up with the subway.

東横線のほとんど空の特急で元町中華街駅まで乗る  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 3:03 p.m.)

"Motomachi-Chukagai Station - March 19th 2010, Early Afternoon" (100319-1505)

Looking around inside Motomachi-Chukagai Station, watching a train pull out, and then walking onto another train to go back up the line a few stops (the Tokkyu express train I had taken took me past the station I wanted to get off at, so I had to backtrack a couple of stations).

東横線の元町中華街駅の見回り  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 3:05 p.m.)

"Empty Train Angles" (100319-1506)

Looking around a nearly empty Toyoko Line train as it leaves Motomachi-Chukagai Station.

東横線のほとんど空の電車中を見回り  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 3:06 p.m.)

"Walking Through Mostly Empty Toyoko Line Train" (100319-1508)

Walking towards the front of a very lightly loaded Toyoko Line train - going through a couple of cars.

東横線の電車中の散歩  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 3:08 p.m.)

"Yokohama 'Spinning Coaster' Ride at CosmoWorld" (100319-1839)

The full ride.  The best part about this ride - and most of the other rides at Yokohama's CosmoWorld - is the view.  Aside from the fantastic view of Mt. Fuji and the surrounding countryside from the top of FQH's FY (name converted to acronym to save people searching for that much larger and more exciting amusement park from getting the wrong search result), I don't think I've ever been to an amusement park with a better view.  Be careful with your camera though!  On the disappointing roller coaster "Diving Coaster 'Vanish'" at CosmoWorld, they stopped the ride midway and came out to very rudely steal people's cameras!

横浜みなとみらいのコスモワールドのスピニングコースターナットビュー  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 6:39 p.m.)

"Shutdown for Camera Theft on 'Diving Coaster Vanish' at CosmoWorld"

30 seconds at the start... and then they shut down the ride as it was starting the climb of the first hill, and sent out a very rude man to steal people's cameras.  If you want to visually record this ride, be sure to hide your camera well until the very top - just before it starts down and it's too late for them to stop it.  (It's a boring coaster, so maybe that's why they don't want people recording it?)

横浜みなとみらいのコスモワールドのダイビングコースターバニッシュ30秒(カメラを盗まれる前) (Winter 2010)

"Bashamichi Station (Minato-Mirai Line" (100319-1918)

Taking an escalator down to the platform of Bashamichi Station just as a train is pulling out - watching the train leave, and then watching another one begin to stop on the other side of the platform.

みなとみらい線の馬車道駅  東京  (Recorded on Friday, March 19th, 2010, at 7:18 p.m.)

"Chuo Line Trains at Hino Station - HD" (100331-0953)

Watching an inbound Chuo Line train speed into Hino Station, and then watching an outbound train depart as I get aboard the inbound train.  (Posted in high-definition.)

中央線の日野駅で上りと下り電車  東京  (Recorded on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, at 9:53 a.m.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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