Monday, September 27, 2010

1955 SB-Chevy (100920-2022)

1955 SB-Chevy
Now here's something you don't see every day in Tokyo - a 1955 Chevy - in regular use no less.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Kabukicho and Shinjuku"

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.

"Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku (Left Side)" (100921Tu-1851)

Riding a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train from Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku (left side view).

西武新宿線で、高田馬場駅から、西武新宿駅まで  東京

"Platform Walk at Seibu-Shinjuku Station" (100921Tu-1853)

Walking down the platform at Seibu-Shinjuku Station as people line up for and board an outbound express.

西武新宿駅のプラットフォーム散歩  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-A" (100921Tu-1856)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (A)

歌舞伎町散歩-A  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-B" (100921Tu-1859)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (B)

歌舞伎町散歩-B  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-C" (100921Tu-1859)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (C)

歌舞伎町散歩-C  東京

"Shinjuku - West Side Street Singer" (100921Tu-1905)

Walking along the west side of Shinjuku Station - and coming upon a street singer.

新宿駅西口隣のストリート歌手  東京

"Shinjuku West Side Smoke Area" (100921Tu-1909)

Walking past the smoke area on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅西口隣の煙ゾーン  東京

"Walking by Shinjuku Keio Department Store" (100921Tu-1910)

Walking by Keio Department Store on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿Keioデパート前を歩く  東京

"Shinjuku Southern Terrace 360 View" (100921Tu-2057)

Doing a 360 look around on the Southern Terrace near Shinjuku Station.

新宿サザンテーラスの360ビュー  東京

"Trains Near Shinjuku-A" (100921Tu-2101)

Trains near Shinjuku Station. (A)

新宿近くの電車  東京 (A)

"Trains Near Shinjuku-B" (100921Tu-2110)

Trains near Shinjuku Station. (B)

新宿近くの電車  東京 (B)

"Walking Under Road Bridge in Shinjuku" (100921Tu-2124)

Walking under a road bridge in Shinjuku - near a construction project.

新宿道路橋の下を通る  東京 (B)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (A)" (100921Tu-2124)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (A)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (A)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (B)" (100921Tu-2127)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (B)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (B)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (C)" (100921Tu-2128)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (C)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (C)

"Dodging Kabukicho Salesmen" (100921Tu-2134)

Walking into Kabukicho and dodging a very persistent nightclub services salesman.

新宿歌舞伎町に入るところ  東京 (C)

"Kabukicho Stroll - 9:30 p.m." (100921Tu-2138)

Walking through part of Kabukicho.

新宿歌舞伎町散歩  東京

"Seibu-Shinjuku Station Ticket Gates" (100921Tu-2140)

Going through the ticket gates at Seibu-Shinjuku Station.

西武新宿駅の改札口を通るところ  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ginza Matsuzakaya - (100920-1756)

Ginza Matsuzakaya

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Ginza Sanai Building (100920-1148)

Ginza Sanai Building

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Ginza Takaoka Shoe Store - (100920-1141)

The Ginza Takaoka Shoe Store

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Yurakucho Station - (100915-1501)

Yurakucho Station

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Holiday Morning Trains, Ginza Chuo Dori, SB-1955 Chevy Ride, Yurakucho SB, Etc."

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.

"Holiday Morning Kanda Station" (100920Mo-0757)

A mostly empty Kanda Station on a holiday morning.

休日の朝神田駅  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho (Left Side)" (100920Mo-0800)

Riding from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station (left side view).

東京駅から有楽町駅まで  東京

"Exiting Shinbashi Station" (100920Mo-0804)

Exiting Shinbashi Station and heading towards Shiodome.

新橋駅を出て、汐留へ向かう  東京

"Empty Walkway Near Shiodome" (100920Mo-0813)

Walking on elevated walkways near Shiodome.

汐留近くの横断歩道橋  東京

"Ginza 8-Chome Fringe" (100920Mo-0837)

A lonely spot between buildings on the edge of Ginza - in 8-Chome.

銀座八丁目の寂しいところ  東京

"Ginza 6-Chome Stroll" (100920Mo-1100)

Walking around in Ginza 6-Chome.

銀座六丁目散歩  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome Intersection Area" (100920Mo-1149)

Walking around in and near the Ginza 4-Chome intersection.

銀座四丁目あたり  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll-A" (100920Mo-1151)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo-Dori. (A)

銀座中央通散歩-A  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll-B" (100920Mo-1152)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo-Dori. (B)

銀座中央通散歩-B  東京

"Ginza Narrow Passageway" (100920Mo-1154)

Walking along a very narrow path between buildings in Ginza.

銀座ウルトラ細い道  東京

"Construction Behind Okuno Building" (100920Mo-1343)

Taking a look at construction on an old building right behind the Okuno Building.

銀座奥野ビルの後ろ側の工事  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building Inside Elevator Doors" (100920Mo-1723)

Looking at the internal elevator doors in the Okuno Building as the elevator descends.

銀座奥野ビルのエレベータードア  東京

"Ginza Dori Pedestrian Paradise - A" (100920Mo-1734)

Near 1-Chome on a holiday, when they have "Pedestrian Paradise" in Ginza.  (A)

銀座大通り車ぬき  東京

"Ginza Dori Pedestrian Paradise - B" (100920Mo-1759)

Near 6-Chome on a holiday, when they have "Pedestrian Paradise" in Ginza.  (B)

銀座大通り車ぬき  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome Intersection at Night" (100920Mo-1803)

Looking around at the Ginza 4-Chome intersection.

夜の銀座四丁目交差点  東京

"Ginza Chuo Dori Night Stroll" (100920Mo-1805)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo Dori at night.

夜の銀座中央通散歩  東京

"Yurakucho Night Rail Bridge" (100920Mo-1813)

Walking under an old steel bridge in Yurakucho.

有楽町鉄道橋  東京

"Yurakucho-SB 1955 Chevy Ride - September 20th, 2010" (100920Mo-2025)

Riding in a 1955 Chevy near Tokyo Station.

東京駅近くの1955年Chevy  東京

"Yurakucho-SB 1955 Chevy Drives Off - September 20th, 2010" (100920Mo-2030)

Watching the SB-1955 Chevy drive off near Tokyo Station.

東京駅近くの1955年Chevy  東京

"Yurakucho Late-Night SB" (100920Mo-2253)

Late night at the Yurakucho SB.

有楽町の夜遅くSB  東京

"Yurakucho Station - Waiting for Train at 11:00 p.m. (Holiday)" (100920Mo-2257)

Waiting for a train at Yurakucho Station at 11:00 p.m.

有楽町駅駅で電車を待つ  東京

"Yurakucho to Tokyo at 11:00 p.m." (100920Mo-2300)

Riding a Keihin-Tohoku Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo.

京浜東北線で、有楽町駅から東京駅まで  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Tozai Line, Ginza Broken Antenna, Shinjuku Station, Etc."

Starting off with views on the Tozai Line, and then going up to a rooftop on an old building in Ginza to view a scene among broken antennas.  After that, scenes at Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations.

"Takadanobaba Tozai Line Platform Walk" (100907Tu-1504)

Walking down the Tozai Line platform at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅の東西線ホーム散歩  東京

"Tozai Line Arrival at Takadanobaba Station" (100907Tu-1505)

Watching a Tozai Line train arrive at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅の東西線が遣って来ます  東京

"Tozai Line - Takadanobaba to Waseda" (100907Tu-1506)

Tozai Line - rolling from Takadanobaba Station to Waseda Station.

東西線 - 高田馬場駅から、早稲田駅まで  東京

"Tozai Line - Iidabashi to Kudanshita" (100907Tu-1514)

Tozai Line - rolling from Iidabashi Station to Kudanshita Station.

東西線 - 飯田橋駅から、九段下駅まで  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - A" (100907Tu-1559)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - A  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - B" (100907Tu-1658)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - B  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - C" (100907Tu-1701)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.  (5:00 p.m. speaker-bells.)

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - C  東京

"Evening Tokyo Station Stroll" (100907Tu-1851)

Walking through Tokyo Station in the evening.

夕方東京駅散歩  東京

"Tokyo Station Chuo Line Platform Stroll" (100907Tu-1853)

Walking along the Chuo Line platform at Tokyo Station during the evening rush as a train comes in.

夕方東京駅の中央線散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Chuo Line Platform at 7:00 p.m." (100907Tu-1909)

Walking along the outbound Chuo Line platform during the evening rush in Shinjuku.

夕方新宿駅の中央線散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Station - Upper Level and South Exit" (100907Tu-1910)

Walking through the upper level of Shinjuku Station, and then out the South Exit.

夕方新宿駅南口あたり  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, September 20, 2010

"Late Night Train" - (100914-2237)

"Late Night Train"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Mt. Takao, Tozai Line, Ginza, Chuo Line, Etc."

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.

"Mt. Takao - Daytime Cable Car Ride Up" (100913-1248)

Riding the Takao-san cable car up the mountain in the daytime.

高尾山のケーブルカー - 昼間の上り  東京

"Mt. Takao - Nighttime Cable Car Ride Down" (100913-2146)

Riding the Takao-san cable car down the mountain at night.

高尾山のケーブルカー - 夜の下り  東京

"Changing Trains at Kodaira Station" (100906Mo-1407)

Changing from a Seibu-Haijima Line train to a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train at Kodaira Station.

小平駅で電車乗り換え  東京

"Takadanobaba Station - Seibu Line to Subway" (100906Mo-1432)

Riding a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train into Takadanobaba Station and heading towards the Tozai Line in a hurry.

高田馬場駅での乗り換え (西武線から東西線に向かう)  東京

"Tozai Line - Waseda to Kagurazaka" (100906Mo-1440)

Looking around in a Tozai Line Train (mostly out the window) as it goes from Waseda Station to Kagurazaka Station.

東西線早稲田駅から神楽坂駅まで  東京

"Ginza Line - Boarding at Nihonbashi Station" (100906Mo-1452)

Boarding a Ginza Line train at Nihonbashi Station.

銀座線、日本橋駅で乗る  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-A" (100906Mo-1458)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (A)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-B" (100906Mo-1504)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (B)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-C" (100906Mo-1504)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (C)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Side Street Walk" (100906Mo-1637)

Walking down a side street in Ginza.

銀座の横通散歩  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome" (100906Mo-1656)

Looking around while crossing the street at Ginza 4-Chome.

銀座四丁目  東京

"Ginza Stroll - Nearing Yurakucho" (100906Mo-1659)

Walking through Ginza on my way to Yurakucho.

銀座散歩、有楽町に向かう  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Plaza" (100906Mo-1703)

Walking into Yurakucho Plaza in the evening.

有楽町プラザーに入る  東京

"Walking Through Late Night Tokyo Station" (100906Mo-2325)

Walking through late-night Tokyo Station.

夜遅くの東京駅の中の散歩  東京

"Inside Chuo Line - Nearing Kanda Station" (100906Mo-2329)

Inside a Chuo Line train - nearing Kanda Station.

中央線内、神田駅に向かう  東京

"Late Night Chuo Line" (100907Mo-0010)

Inside a late-night Chuo Line train.

夜遅くの中央線  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"Late Night Outbound Chuo Line View" - (100831-2232)

"Late Night Outbound Chuo Line View"

It would probably be a good idea to tone down the very bright lights on late night trains - so the mystery of the passing night could be contemplated upon by the train's passengers....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, September 17, 2010

70-Year-Old Glass - (100914-1630)

70-Year-Old Glass

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Overshadowed Okuno Building" - (100907-1558)

"Overshadowed Okuno Building"

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yurakucho - (100906-1629)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Ginza 4-Chome" - (100906-1656)

Ginza 4-Chome

Approaching the Ginza 4-Chome intersection - with the Hatori Building ahead (with the clock tower).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, September 13, 2010

"Ginza, the Chuo Line and Shinjuku"

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.

"Ginza 4-Chome Waco Building Clock Tower" (100906Mo-1601)

Looking up at the clock tower of the Waco Building just as it finishes striking four o'clock - with a background of white clouds drifting through a very blue sky.

銀座四丁目の和光ビルと青白空  東京

"Yurakucho Retail Store Cruise" (100906Mo-1626)

Walking through a discount electronics store in Yurakucho.

有楽町電気屋散歩  東京

"Kaneko Satoko (兼子紗都子) Exhibition - September 6th, 2010" (100906Mo-1733)

Exhibition by Kaneko Satoko (兼子紗都子) at the Ginza Okuno Building.  The shadows created by the exhibition/installation were very interesting.

兼子紗都子の銀座展示会  東京

"Tokyo Station Bus Area Late at Night" (100906Mo-2323)

Walking between a construction zone and the highway bus boarding area in front of Tokyo Station.

夜遅くの東京駅ハイウェイバス乗り場  東京

"Passing Old Orange Chuo Line Train - September 6th, 2010" (100906Mo-2343)

Passing an old orange Chuo Line train in a newer one.  At this point - September 6th, 2010 - there can't be many of the old type Chuo Line trains still being used.  Maybe this is the last one?

夜遅く、新しい中央線で古い中央線を通す  東京

"Window Reflections - Late Night Chuo Line" (100907Mo-0005)

Looking at out a door window on a late night Chuo Line train as it rolls westward.

夜遅く、中央線の窓反射  東京

"Street Band in Front of Kokubunji Station" (100907Mo-0015)

Looking and listening to a pair of street musicians performing in front of Kokubunji Station late at night.

国分寺駅前のストリートバンド  東京

"Ginza Line - Arriving at Ginza Station" (100907Tu-1525)

Arriving at Ginza Station in a Ginza Line subway train.

銀座線で銀座駅に到着  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll" (100907Tu-1528)

Walking along Chuo Dori at the beginning of September - in temperatures unchanged from August.

銀座中央通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building Manual Door Elevator Ride" (100907Tu-1535)

Riding in the Okuno Building elevator, with its manually operated doors.

銀座奥野ビルの手動エレベーター  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building 6th Floor Gate" (100907Tu-1539)

Looking at the 6th floor gate in the Ginza Okuno Building (with the former danwashitsu across the hall behind it), and up towards the 7th floor.

銀座奥野ビルの六階ゲートと七階  東京

"Nakajima Takashi (中嶌タカシ) Live in Shinjuku" (100907Tu-2123)

Listening to a song by Nakajima Takashi - performed live in front of the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿でストリートライブの中嶌タカシ  東京

"Shinjuku Street Musician at 21:33" (100907Tu-2133)

A street musician performing at 9:33 p.m.  (I'm not sure what his name is - otherwise I'd put it in here!)

新宿の21:33ストリートライブ  東京

"Shinjuku Station West Side Wandering" (100907Tu-2136)

Wandering around - past a group of Chinese tourists and a woman singing while playing a keyboard.

新宿駅の西側ブラブラ散歩  東京

"Shinjuku 9:30 p.m. Stroll - Omoide-Yokocho" (100907Tu-2138)

Walking around in Shinjuku - and through the izakaya street Omoide-Yokocho.

新宿21:30散歩 - 思い出横丁  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, September 12, 2010

"Somewhere in Ginza" - (100906-1500)

Somewhere 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?

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Construction Project in Ginza" - (100906-1500)

Construction Project in Ginza - (c) 2010

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Old Emergency Stairs (100831-1803)

Old Emergency Stairs at the Okuno Building

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.)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, and Late-Night Nakano Back-Streets"

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.

"Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba" (100831Tu-1435)

A Tozai Subway Line train arrives at Takadanobaba Station.

東西線が高田馬場駅に到着  東京

"Ginza Line - Nihonbashi to Kyobashi" (100831Tu-1453)

Looking out the back cab of a Ginza Line train as it goes from Nihonbashi to Kyobashi.

銀座線の一番後ろに見て、日本橋駅から、京橋駅まで  東京

"Walking by the Former Lounge of the Okuno Building" (100831Tu-1523)

Walking by the room that used to be the lounge in the Okuno Building (formerly called "Ginza Apartment[s]").

銀座奥野ビルの元談話室の前を通る  東京

"Sato Hinako (佐藤比南子) Exhibit/Installation in Ginza" (100831Tu-1708)

An interesting installation by Sato Hinako, featuring an arrangement of wool.  (The color balance of this video is off on the red side.)

佐藤比南子さんの銀座展示会/インスタレーション  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Station in the Evening" (100831Tu-1834)

Entering Yurakucho Station at around 6:30 in the evening.

夕方、有楽町駅に入るところ  東京

"Keihin-Tohoku Line - Yurakucho to Tokyo" (100831Tu-1835)

Looking out a right side window of a Keihin-Tohoku Line train between Yurakucho and Tokyo stations.

夕方、京浜東北線で有楽町駅から東京駅まで(右側)  東京

"Waiting to Board Chuo Line at Tokyo Station" (100831Tu-1838)

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.

東京駅で中央線を乗る為の待つ  東京

"Outbound Chuo Line Train Loading at Shinjuku During Rush" (100831Tu-1854)

Walking along the outbound Chuo Line platform as a train unloads and loads.

新宿駅の夕方ラッシュの下り中央線  東京

"Shinjuku Station - Upper Level and South Exit" (100831Tu-1855)

Walking around the upper level of Shinjuku Station during the evening rush - walking past a book store and then out the South Exit ticket gates.

新宿駅 - 上のところと南口  東京

"Shinjuku - South Exit Westbound Hill Decent" (100831Tu-1857)

Walking down the westward hill after coming out of the south gate of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅南口の西向き散歩  東京

"Crossing into Shinjuku from Nishi-Shinjuku" (100831Tu-2136)

Crossing the street - entering Shinjuku from Nishi-Shinjuku.

西新宿から新宿へ入るとこと  東京

"Entering Shinjuku Station - South Exit - Chuo Line" (100831Tu-2136)

Walking up the hill to the south entrance to Shinjuku Station, then passing through the south entrance ticket gates, and walking along the Chuo Line platform.

新宿駅を入って、南改札口を通って、中央線に向かう  東京

"Outbound Chuo Line Train Arriving at Shinjuku Station" (100831Tu-2142)

Watching an outbound Chuo Line train arrive at Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅で下り中央線電車が遣って来る  東京

"Trains at Nakano Station - August 31st" (100831Tu-2149)

Watching passing and stopping trains while heading for the exit at Nakano Station.

中野駅で出口を向かって通る電車を見る  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (A)" (100831Tu-2158)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (A)

中野横道散歩(A)  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (B)" (100831Tu-2202)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (B)

中野横道散歩(B)  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (C)" (100831Tu-2203)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (C)

中野横道散歩(C)  東京

"Nighttime Tsukin-Kaisoku Chuo Line Window Reflections" (100831Tu-2224)

Left side nighttime window view on an outbound Chuo Line train.  (Notice the blue lights on platforms the train passes - particularly the one towards the end of the clip.)

夜通勤快速中央線窓反射  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Chuo Line - Transitions Glimpsed in the NIght

Photo by Lyle 宏 Saxon, Copyright 2010

The blending of images - along with the sound of the train making its way through the night - provides a time and atmosphere to think about various transitions.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, September 03, 2010

"Nakano Back Streets and a Street Musician"

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).

"Exiting Nakano Station on a Friday Afternoon" (100827Fr-1624)

Exiting Nakano Station around 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.

金曜日中野駅を出る  東京

"Nakano Traffic Island" (100827Fr-1625)

Walking over to the traffic island in front of Nakano Station.

金曜日中野駅 - 駅前の交通島  東京

"Nakano Back Streets - Friday Afternoon (A)" (100827Fr_1627)

Wandering around on back streets in Nakano.  (A)

金曜日中野の横道 (A)  東京

"Nakano Back Streets - Friday Afternoon (B)" (100827Fr_1630)

Wandering around on back streets in Nakano.  (B)

金曜日中野の横道 (B)  東京

"Nakano Ice Man" (100827Fr-1656)

Watching a back street ice man saw some ice in front of a restaurant.

中野の横道アイスマン  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (A)" (100827Fr-1702)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday afternoon.

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (A)  東京

"Bus Stop Scene in Nakano - Friday Evening" (100827Fr-1708)

Looking around from a bus stop in front of Nakano Station.

中野駅前のバス停の回り見  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (B)" (100827Fr-1710)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday afternoon.  (She began playing alone, but then a drummer joined in.)

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (B)  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (C)" (100827Fr-1715)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday afternoon.

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (C)  東京

"Leaving Izakaya in Nakano" (100827Fr-2044)

Leaving an interesting izakaya in Nakano.

中野の居酒屋を出るところ  東京

"People in Front of Nakano Sun Plaza" (100827Fr-2217)

People hanging around in front of Nakano Sun Plaza late at night.

中野サンプラザ前の人々  東京

"Night Chuo Line - Shinjuku to Near Yotsuya" (100827Fr-2239)

Looking out the window of a late night Chuo Line train as it runs between Shinjuku and Yotsuya.

夜の上り中央線 - 新宿駅から四ッ谷駅の近くまで  東京

"Neighboring Platform Yamanote Line" (100827Fr-2252)

Watching a Yamanote Line train come and go at the next platform.

夜遅く山手線 (隣のホーム)  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Station" (100827Fr-2306)

Entering Yurakucho Station late at night on a Friday.

夜遅く有楽町駅に入るところ  東京

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Bon Jovi is Coming to Town (100831-2222)

Bon Jovi Ad - Nakano Station, Tokyo

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.).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Okuno Building - Construction Induced Movement (100831-1537)

Okuno Building - Construction Induced Movement

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...".

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Okuno Building - Steam Heating Pipes (100831-1636)

Okuno Building - Steam Heating Pipes

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.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Okuno Building - Basement Pipes (100831-1659)

Okuno Building - Basement Pipes

There are still a number of pipes in basement-A of the Okuno Building, but there used to many more it seems, what with the steam heat and sento the building had before.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon