Starting off with a view out the window of a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Takadanobaba to Shinjuku and then some Kabukicho and Nishi-Shinjuku views, followed by Shinjuku views and another look at Kabukicho.
Ginza is much nicer without fire-breathing machinery interfering with everything, so it's nice when they lock out the iron beasts on national holidays and allow people to freely wander around on the street.
This shoe store - with two pairs of shoes in the show window and a forlorn-looking old man sitting in the back of the store - makes me want to go in and buy a pair of shoes, but my budget is very tight right now, so I can't afford to.
Riding holiday morning trains to Shinbashi, and then walking around in Ginza into the evening. After Ginza I walked over to the Yurakucho SB and ended up getting a ride in the SB-1955 Chevy. This set of clips ends with Yurakucho scenes and a train out of Yurakucho.
Starting off with a daytime ride up Mt. Takao via the cable car that leaves near Takaosan-guchi Station, followed by a nighttime decent. After that some views of Ginza mixed in with train views (Seibu-Shinjuku Line, Tozai Line, Chuo Line, etc.
It used to be that glass you couldn't see through has a rough surface - like the 70-year-old glass in this picture, but now some cheaper process is used and the glass is frosted. This old type looks nice under certain lighting conditions.
Looking past 20th century TV antennas at the new building that has damaged the foundation of the Okuno Building. What looks almost like three buildings is one, which basically wraps around two sides of the Okuno Building. They dug down too far, too close, and left the hole open too long.
Taken over the 6th and 7th of September - with views of Ginza taken on both days, as well as Chuo Line views and some scenes in Shinjuku. Within the batch is a song performed live by a street musician in Shinjuku and a video of an art exhibition/installation in Ginza.
Somewhere in Ginza (maybe 6-Chome, I'm not sure - I was in a hurry when I took this), another building is taken down. Now - will they slot something new in there, or make that a parking lot while they wait until they can rip out the surrounding buildings so they can build one large sealed box in the place of all the older small(er) buildings?
I had wanted to go down there... This is the view from the 2nd, floor - so it's only one story, but since there are physical holes in the stairs from rust, I wasn't confident that they would hold my weight and I settled for a photo. (There are newer emergency stairs on the opposite side of the building.)
Opening with train views from the Tozai and Ginza subway lines. Then a brief view inside the Okuno Building, walking by the former 6th-floor lounge (danwashitsu) of the building (now used as a conference room by one of the 6th-floor offices).
Then Yurakucho, train scenes on the way to Shinjuku, Shinjuku scenes, followed by more train scenes on the way to Nakano and then late-night Nakano scenes - taken on back streets. Finally, wrapping up with a reflective look inside a Chuo Line train.
Waiting to board a Chuo Line train at Tokyo Station. Sometimes - like in this video, they make everyone wait while they make sure there is no one left on the train. This is done to stop people from Kanda etc. from backtracking and just staying on the train in order to keep/get a seat.
This set of clips begins as I exit Nakano Station - and from there I wander around on some back streets before returning to the area in front of the station, where I listen to a street magician perform and then go back to the narrow streets, and then ride a few trains (as usual).
It looks like Bon Jovi is on the way. Just about everyone comes to Tokyo, but I end up seeing the posters without actually going to the concerts (although I've seen a few big acts here - Rolling Stones, etc.).
The construction of the large building immediately to the left side of the Okuno Building has damaged the foundation of the A-side of the building, and induced movement. Now - where the A-side and the B-side were joined - seventy-eight years ago - there are cracks everywhere in the building where the two halves of the building were joined (the building is actually two buildings - joined in the middle). The A-side is moving away from the B-Side. It's not dangerous, but it doesn't look good, and it's a shame how the large building construction caused the damage, but they say (or so I've heard) "No - nothing to do with us...".
The Okuno Building apartments originally had many luxuries (especially for the time it was built - in 1932), including steam heat, telephones in every room, running water in every room, an elevator, a lounge on the sixth floor, etc. It's fairly well known that the building had steam heat, but when I tell some people that there are rooms where you can see where the old steam heating piles were, some are skeptical. For my skeptical acquaintances, please have a good look at this photo (of the back upper corner beside the window). In most of the rooms, people have (at some point in the building's history) worked hard to remove all traces of the pipes, but you can see them very clearly in this room on the second floor.