Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Seagulls in Flight" - (2011)

"Seagulls in Flight"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Tozai Line 1993, Return from Niigata 1991, Kuroiso 1991, Chuo Line, Izakaya, Etc."

This batch of video clips covers both recent views of Tokyo (mostly in Shinjuku) and trips back to 1993 (viewing stops on the Tozai Line), and 1991 (views from a train returning to Tokyo from Niigata, and of Kuroiso).  The Kuroiso clip is possibly of some interest, as I explore an old abandoned house (still full of its deceased owner's things!), which was built in the old style.  In the clip taken while returning from Niigata, I interact with other people also returning to Tokyo from Niigata ski slopes.  Times change - people of the same age now don't look the same, talk the same, or act the same (as 1991 I mean - they often look, talk, and act the same as each other of course).  So - shy of having access to a time machine, video views from 1991 and 1993 Japan are a way of seeing how it was.  And then looking at the 2011 clips is a way to get future shock - if you get into the 1991-93 atmosphere that is....

June 25th, 1993 - Tozai Trip East (B) - (930625)

This is the last part of "Going east on the Tozai Line" - recorded on Friday, June 25th, 1993 - where I was stopping at each stop on the Tozai Line and taking a brief look around.  Towards the end of this one, I make a U-turn at Mozen-Nakacho and then go to Shinjuku via the Marunouchi Line and then am suddenly in Ikebukuro....

"Returning from Niigata Ski Trip" - February 1991

Scenes interacting with people returning to Tokyo from ski trips to Niigata in February of 1991.

Kuroiso Haunted Mansion (黒磯お化け屋敷) - (910216)

Investigating a haunted mansion in Kuroiso (well - it *seemed* haunted anyway) on Saturday, February 16th, 1991.  黒磯にある(?)お化け屋敷を調べる (1991/02/16).

Inbound Chuo Line to Shinjuku and Platform Walk (110128-1901)

Riding an inbound Chuo Line train to Shinjuku and then walking down the platform by the train after getting off.

Late Night Seibu-Haijima Line (110128-2252)

Looking out the window of a late night Seibu-Haijima Line train.

Looking Down on Yotsuya Station from Bridge (110126-1629)

Looking down on Yotsuya Station from the bridge that crosses part of the platforms.

Shinjuku South Exit on Friday Night (110128-1905)

Walking through the Shinjuku South Exit on a typically busy Friday night.

Izakaya on Friday Night (110128-2120)

Inside a Tokyo izakaya on Friday night.

Izakaya Counter Area (110128-2153)

Looking around near the entrance to an izakaya - including the counter area.

Entering Shinjuku Southern Terrace from Far End (110128-2158)

Walking into the Shinjuku Southern Terrace area from the far end (towards Yoyogi).

Shinjuku Street Band (110128-2206)

Stumbling upon a street band near the south exit of Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku East Side Plaza on Friday Night (110128-2210)

Looking around in the Shinjuku east side plaza on a Friday night.

Shinjuku - Walking Towards Higashi-Guchi (110128-2211)

Walking in Shinjuku heading towards Higashi-Guchi.

Shinjuku - Walking Against the Flow (110128-2213)

Walking against the flow in Shinjuku on a Friday night.

Shinjuku - Walking Towards Kabukicho (110128-2214)

Walking towards Kabukicho in Shinjuku on a Friday night.

Seibu Line - Kodaira Station (110128-2251)

Looking out a door of a Seibu Line train at Kodaira Station.

Walking into Kabukicho on Friday Night (110128-2215)

Walking down a main street leading into Kabukicho on a Friday Night.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Sky - (110117)

Winter Sky

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Takadanobaba, Ochanomizu, Suehirocho, Kyobashi, 78-RPM, Tozai Line, Ginza, etc."

This batch of video clips begins with me walking downstairs to catch a Tozai Line train.  Then there are several views taken in Ochanomizu - showing Ochanomizu Station, the river running by there, etc.  Then a view of diving underground at Suehirocho Station to take the Ginza Line, and walking down the platform at Kyobashi Station.  Then a view of a nearly empty Chuo Line train late at night, and a view of a mechanical record player playing a 78-RPM record (on a bamboo needle!).  Then I jump back to June 25th, 1993 and visit Nakano in one clip, and head east on the Tozai Line in another - stopping at each station along the line.

Then... another view of the slow progress on the construction zone on the Seibu Haijima Line, and another view in Takadanobaba, showing a transfer walk - going from the platform of the Seibu Line to the stairs leading down to the Tozai (subway) Line.  Boarding a Tozai Line train, I - and the camera - watch the train's progress through the tunnel through the cab's front window, and get off the train in Nihonbashi.  From there, I go to Ginza and visit the latest installation by HUST (in Ginza 3-Chome), and then go other places in Ginza (one side-street clip representing this) and catch a Chuo Line train from Tokyo Station.

Takadanobaba Station - Downstairs to Tozai Line (110119-1646)

Entering Takadanobaba Station - going downstairs to the Tozai Line.

Marunouchi Line - Ochanomizu Station Platform, Etc (110119-1708)

The Marunouchi Line at Ochanomizu Station (platform, etc).

Marunouchi Line Train Arriving at Ochanomizu Station (110119-1709)

Watching Marunouchi Line train arriving at Ochanomizu Station.

Ochanomizu Evening (110119-1714)

Evening in Ochanomizu.

Walking Towards Ochanomizu Station Entrance (110119-1718)

Walking towards Ochanomizu Station entrance one evening.

Suehirocho Station (末広町駅) on the Ginza Line (銀座線) (110119-1827)

Walking into Suehirocho Station (末広町駅) on the Ginza Line (銀座線).

Kyobashi Station Platform Walk - Ginza Line (110119-1835)

Walking down the platform at Kyobashi Station on the Ginza Line.

Nearly Empty Late Night Chuo Line Train (110120-0042)

Riding a nearly empty late night Chuo Line train.

Playing a 78 RPM Record with No Electricity (110119-2118)

Playing an old 78 RPM record purely with mechanics.  Notice the large size of the platter relative to the size of the disk.  The disk being played is (I think) an "SP" disk, which is what most 78 RPM disks are, but there were also larger 78 RPM disks the same size as the later-developed 33.3 RPM LP's, and these larger size 78 RPM disks were also called LP (Long Play or Long Playing).  So the term LP actually goes back to 78 RPM days and didn't begin with 33.3 RPM albums.

June 25th, 1993 - Nakano Wandering (930625)

Wandering around in Nakano, etc., on June 25th, 1993.

June 25th, 1993 - Tozai Trip East - (930625)

Going east on the Tozai Line on Friday, June 25th, 1993 - stopping at each stop and taking a brief look around.

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama to Kodaira (110124-1403)

Riding a Seibu Line train from Ogawa to Hagiyama and then to Kodaira.

Takadanobaba - Seibu Line to Tozai Line Stairs (110124-1434)

Takadanobaba - Going from the Seibu Line to the stairs leading down to the Tozai (subway) Line.

Tozai Line Front Cab View - Kagurazaka to Iidabashi (110124-1445)

Looking out the front of a Tozai Line train rolling from Kagurazaka to Iidabashi.

Tozai Line - Otemachi to Nihonbashi (110124-1454)

Riding the Tozai Line from Otemachi to Nihonbashi - looking out the front cab, and then getting off the train and watching it depart from Nihonbashi Station.

Ginza Side Street (110124-1512)

A Ginza side street in the afternoon.

HUST January 2011 Installation - Upper Floor (A) - (110124-1609)

Art Unit HUST January 2011 Installation - Usugi Hideyuki (臼木英之) and Toyama Shingo (遠山伸吾) / ゆう画廊.  An upper floor view.

HUST January 2011 Installation - Upper Floor (B) - (110124-1613)

Art Unit HUST January 2011 Installation - Usugi Hideyuki (臼木英之) and Toyama Shingo (遠山伸吾) / ゆう画廊.  An upper floor view.  (B)

HUST Installation - Upper and Lower Floors - (110124-1626)

Art Unit HUST January 2011 Installation - Usugi Hideyuki (臼木英之) and Toyama Shingo (遠山伸吾) / ゆう画廊.  View of both upper and lower floor installations.  (B)

Ginza 2-Chome Side Street Reflection - (110124-1716)

Looking at reflections in stone on a side street in Ginza 2-Chome.

Boarding Chuo Line at Tokyo Station - (110124-2240)

Boarding a Chuo Line train at Tokyo Station on a Monday at 10:40 p.m.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Mechanical 78-RPM Record Player" - (110119-2110)

This old record player is completely mechanical - you wind up a spring that powers the turntable rotation, and the vibrations of the needle (in this case bamboo!) are amplified through a horn without the aid of any electronics at all. For a video demonstration of this machine, see this video clip:

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Tour Bus Views, Otemachi Station, Ginza, Akasaka, Shinjuku, Etc."

There are a lot of clips that cover a number of places in this batch of video clips - starting off with several from a one-day bus tour I went on, and going on to (what else) views from several different train lines in Tokyo, including a transfer at Otemachi Station from the Tozai Line to the Marunouchi Line; and views of the Seibu, Ginza, and Chuo lines. There are also street views from Ginza and Akasaka, and a couple of brief clips of two (relatively) long-term tenants in the Okuno Building discussing things (in Japanese), etc.

Inside Bus - Rear View on Expressway (110114-1002)

Looking out the rear of a tour bus on the expressway.

Bus on Expressway - Front View (110114-1008)

Looking out the front windshield of a tour bus on the expressway.

Exiting the Expressway - View from Bus (110114-1113)

View from bus while leaving the expressway.

Bus Driving Away From Harbor (110114-1243)

On a tour bus driving away from a harbor.

Walking Through Strawberry Greenhouse (110114-1320)

Walking through a greenhouse for strawberries.

Gotenba Outlet Mall - Looking Around (110114-1700)

Looking around at the Gotenba outlet mall in Shizuoka.

Looking Out Rear Window of Night Bus (110114-1750)

Looking out rear window of tour bus returning to Tokyo at night.

Highway Ride Towards Tokyo in Light Traffic (110114-1751)

On a tour bus driving in light traffic on the way back to Tokyo.

Night Tour Bus - Front View (110114-1845)

Looking out the front window of a night bus heading towards Tokyo.

Otemachi Station - Transferring from Tozai Line to Marunouchi Line (110119-1659)

Transferring from the Tozai Line to the Marunouchi Line at Otemachi Station.

Marunouchi Line - Otemachi to Awajicho (110119-1704)

Riding the Marunouchi Line from Otemachi to Awajicho. 丸ノ内線の大手町駅から淡路町駅まで

Waiting for a Train at Ogawa Station (110117-1404)

Waiting for and then boarding a Seibu Line train at Ogawa Station.

Watching Tozai Line Train Arrive at Takadanobaba (110117-1439)

Watching a Tozai Line train arrive at Takadanobaba Station and then climbing aboard.

Watching Ginza Line Train Arrive at Nihonbashi Station (110117-1456)

Watching a Ginza Line train arrive at Nihonbashi Station.

Ginza Side Street Stroll (110117-1502)

Walking down side streets in Ginza.

Departing Ochanomizu Station (110118-0022)

Departing Ochanomizu Station on a late-night Chuo Line train.

Marunouchi Line - Yotsuya Station - 9:09 a.m. (110118-0909)

Boarding a Marunouchi Line train at Yotsuya Station at 9:09 a.m.

Akasaka 2-Chome (赤坂2丁目) (110118-0930)

Looking around in Akasaka 2-Chome (赤坂2丁目).

Walking into Convenience Store in Akasaka (110118-1228)

Walking into a Convenience Store in Akasaka at lunchtime.

Akasaka Stroll at Lunch (110118-1239)

Walking around in Akasaka at lunchtime.

Akasaka 2-Chome Street Corner (110118-1705)

Akasaka 2-Chome street corner in the evening.

Leaving Akasaka (110118-1707)

Walking over towards Toranomon from Akasaka.

奥野ビル話-001 (110119-2303)

奥野ビル話-001 平成二十三年一月十九日

奥野ビル話-002 (110119-2305)

奥野ビル話-002 平成二十三年一月十九日

Toranomon Station - Ginza Line (110118-1717)

Going from street level to inside Toranomon Station, where I board a Ginza Line train.

Ginza Line - Shinbashi to Ginza (110118-1721)

Riding the Ginza Line from Shinbashi to Ginza.

Yurakucho Station - Waiting For and Boarding Tokyo-Bound Train (110118-1916)

Waiting on the platform at Yurakucho Station for a Keihin-Tohoku Line train - that I then ride to Tokyo Station on.

Chuo Line Platform at Tokyo Station (110118-1922)

Chuo Line platform at Tokyo Station while waiting for the train to get on its way.

Chuo Line - Tokyo to Kanda to Ochanomizu (110118-1924)

Riding an outbound Chuo Line from Tokyo to Kanda to Ochanomizu.

Chuo Line - Between Ochanomizu and Yotsuya (110118-1929)

On the Chuo Line - taking in reflections between Ochanomizu and Yotsuya.

Chuo Line Reflections in Central Tokyo (110118-1930)

Chuo Line window reflections (in motion) in Central Tokyo.

Chuo Line - Running in Parallel with Local Train (110118-1931)

Looking out a window of a Chuo Line train running in parallel with a local train.

Shinjuku Station - South Exit (110118-1940)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the South Exit.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, January 17, 2011

"Charter Boat Returns from Tokyo Bay" - (101209)

"Charter Boat Returns from Tokyo Bay"

Copyright 2010 by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Shinjuku Station, Inbound Chuo Line, Loose Tile, and Street Musician"

This batch of clips includes watching an inbound Chuo Line train arrive at Shinjuku Station, a quick look at a Nihonbashi side street (on an active Friday night), a look at loose tiles in the Okuno Building, and a walk along the main sidewalk in front of Shinjuku Station - leading up to where a street musician is performing.

Shinjuku Station West Entrance and Lower Level Concourse (110114-1950)

Walking through the west entrance ticket barrier at Shinjuku Station and then along the lower level concourse.

Shinjuku Station - Inbound Chuo Line Train Arrival (110114-1954)

Watching an inbound train arrive at Shinjuku Station.

Nihonbashi Friday Night Side Street (110114-2020)

A brief look at a side street in Nihonbashi.

Okuno Building Loose Tile and Cement Crack (110114-2039)

Looking at one of the tiles that has come loose over a crack in the Okuno Building - caused by construction of a neighboring building.

Friday Night Singer in Front of Shinjuku Station (110114-1948)

Looking at the Friday evening scene in front of the west side of Shinjuku Station.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Early Morning Shinjuku and Day Bus Tour to Shizuoka (A)"

I like trains and so hadn't ever tried taking a bus tour anywhere, but have taken two trips in the past couple of months - most recently to Shizuoka.  Following a few early-morning scenes - one at Ogawa Station and the other two in Shinjuku - are several video clips from the one-day bus tour to Shizuoka I took; part of a Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581".)

Early Morning Express Arriving at Ogawa Station (110114-0628)

Watching an early morning express train arriving at Ogawa Station.

Shinjuku - Early Morning Scene Near Seibu-Shinjuku Station (110114-0710)

Early morning Shinjuku - just past 7:00 a.m. near Seibu-Shinjuku Station.

Early Morning Shinjuku - Almost Empty Omoide Yokocho (110114-0712)

Early morning Shinjuku - walking through an almost deserted Omoide-Yokocho.

Interior of Tour Bus While Running Through Tunnel (110114-0832)

Looking down the aisle of a tour bus running through a tunnel while on a Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581".

Bus Tour - First Rest Area Walkabout (110114-0940)

While on a Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry)" - walking around at the first rest area the bus stopped at.

Bus Tour - First Rest Area Walkabout - Upper Level (110114-0947)

While on a Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581" - walking around on the upper level of the first rest area building the bus stopped at.

HD - Inside Tour Bus - Front Window View (110114)

HD view of the view out the front of a tour bus going to Shizuoka - part of a one-day Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581".

HD - Shizuoka Bus Trip - Bus and Boat Views (110114)

Scenes from part of a one-day Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581", including front, side and rear window views from the bus and views from a short harbor cruise.

Corkscrew Expressway to Shinjuku (110114-1921)

On the return part of a one-day Club Tourism guided tour entitled: "Special Recommended Tour (Mt. Fuji & Strawberry) - Tour code: 05581", after passing a stalled car, the bus dives down into a corkscrew section of the expressway and then drives over to Shinjuku through an underground tunnel.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Coming of Age Day (成人の日)" - (20110110-2234)

"Coming of Age Day (成人の日)" Copyright by LHS

20-year-old (or soon to be) women in kimonos were out and about on January 10th, 2011 - Coming of Age Day (成人の日).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Old Photography Store" - (101108)

"Old Photography Store"
Copyright 2010 by LHS

What with digital cameras and at-home printing, old style photography stores are disappearing....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Seibu Line, Shibuya, Inokashira Line, and Street Musicians in Shinjuku"

This batch of video clips opens with a walk through a temporary tunnel (or passageway really) in Shibuya that goes under a new construction site with yet another high rise rising... um... high up into the air.  Then there are views from a Seibu Line train, street musicians in both Shibuya and Shinjuku, and views from the Inokashira Line.

Walk Through Shibuya Construction Zone Tunnel (101130-1656)

Walking through a construction tunnel on the east side of Shibuya Station.  渋谷

Seibu Line - Interior View While Approaching Kodaira Station (101130-1422)

Looking down the interior of a Seibu Line train as it rolls towards Kodaira Station.

Street Performers in Front of Shibuya Station (101130-2037)

Watching a pair of musicians in front of Shibuya Station and then walking into the station.

Walking Through Shibuya Station (101130-2038)

Walking through the crowds in Shibuya Station.

Shibuya - Walking Towards Inokashira Line (101130-2040)

Walking towards the Inokashira Line in Shibuya.

Inokashira Line - Shibuya Station Platform Walk (101130-2042)

Walking down the Inokashira platform at Shibuya Station.

Inokashira Line - Leaving Shibuya (101130-2044)

Looking out a window of an Inokashira Line train as it leaves Shibuya Station.

Inokashira Line - Arriving at and Leaving Shimokitazawa Station (101130-2047)

Arriving at and then leaving Shimokitazawa Station on an Inokashira Line train.

Two Street Musicians in Shinjuku (110111-2024)

Bouncing back and forth between two different street musicians in Shinjuku playing almost side-by-side.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Bar/Pub in Ebisu - (101215)

Bar/Pub in Ebisu Copyright 2010 by LHS

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Seibu Construction, Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll, Yurakucho Station Plaza Blue Lights"

The title explains three of the five video clips covered in this post.  The first video clip shows the construction section of the Seibu Line between Ogawa and Hagiyama Stations.  I've posted videos of this stretch a few times before - the idea being to show how the project is progressing over time.  The clip after that shows a Ginza Line train pulling into Nihonbashi Station, followed by a walk down a sunlit Chuo-Dori sidewalk in the heart of Ginza.  Then there's a view of walking down a Ginza side street, and a view of walking through the Yurakucho Station plaza - with the end-of-the-year blue lights projecting patterns on the plaza.

While I'm at it - there are a few new entries at the art blog:

There are only a few entries because just about all the galleries were still closed when I visited the Kyobashi-Ginza area this week.  I knew many of them would be closed, but I had expected a few here and there to be open, but just about all of them were still closed.

Ogawa to Hagiyama - Station Announcements at Hagiyama (110106-1335)

Right side view of the construction zone between Ogawa and Hagiyama stations.  小川駅から萩山駅まで 東京

Ginza Line Train Arriving at Nihonbashi Station (110106-1426)

Watching a Ginza Line train arriving at Nihonbashi Station.  銀座線 日本橋駅 東京

Ginza Chuo Dori Sidewalk Stroll (110106-1448)

Walking down Ginza's Chuo-Dori in the afternoon.  Tokyo street scenes 日本 東京 道 様子

Ginza Side Street Stroll (110106-1753)

Strolling down one of the side streets in Ginza.

Yurakucho Station Plaza (110106-1757)

Walking across Yurakucho Station Plaza with end-of-the-year lighting still up and Shinkansen trains passing, etc.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, January 06, 2011

"Waiting for a Train" - (110103)

"Waiting for a Train"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Seibu, Tozai, Chuo and Ginza Lines, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, Ginza Barrier Road, Etc."

A fairly random set of video clips - with views on the Seibu, Keihin-Tohoku, Tozai, Chuo and Ginza Lines, as well as a look back in time to 1993 when I ran out of road in the mountains not far from Takayama.  Also walking views in Shinjuku and a look at the barrier road in Ginza that divides the "right side of the road" from the "wrong side of the road".  Both sides are still Ginza, but the barrier road stops most people who walk into Ginza from Yurakucho from venturing any further than the noise and exhaust barrier that the road is.  (I've ventured across this barrier several times, but there is something depressing about the far side, so I've mainly given up on going there.)

Seibu Rear Cab View - Arriving at Ogawa Station (101109-1128)

Looking around by the rear cab of a Seibu Line train as it runs to Ogawa Station.

Seibu Kokubunji Line - Manual Cab View (Koigakubo to Kokubunji) (101108-1246)

Front cab view in a Seibu Line train as it runs from Koigakubo to Kokubunji.  西武鉄道

Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba (101109-1206)

Walking down the Tozai Line platform at Takadanobaba Station and then onto a Tozai Train that pulls into the station.

Boarding Ginza Line at Nihonbashi Station (101109-1223)

Watching a Ginza Line train arrive at Nihonbashi Station and then climbing aboard.

Ginza Old Building Details (101109-1652)

Looking at some details of an old building in Ginza - the floor, the elevator, etc.

Ginza Barrier Road (101109-1703)

Looking out over the fire-breathing machinery road that forms a barrier between the Ginza that people are comfortable visiting on foot from Yurakucho Station and the outer reaches across the sea of noxious machinery....  銀座バリヤロード 東京

Walking Down Sidewalk Near Yurakucho-SB (101109-1745)

Walking down the evening sidewalk near the Yurakucho-SB.

Homeward Bound People in Yurakucho (101109-1807)

Homeward-bound people walk by on an evening Yurakucho sidewalk.

Yurakucho Stainless Steel Reflections-A (101109-1821)

Nighttime Yurakucho Stainless steel reflections - A.

Yurakucho Stainless Steel Reflections-B (101109-1824)

Nighttime Yurakucho Stainless steel reflections - B.

Crossing Street and Entering Yurakucho Station (101109-1832)

Crossing the street and entering Yurakucho station with a crowd of homeward-bound people.

Keihin-Tohoku Line from Yurakucho to Tokyo (101109-1834)

Right side view on a nighttime Keihin-Tohoku Line train rolling from Yurakucho to Tokyo.

Tokyo Station Chuo Line Platform Walk (101109-1837)

Walking along the Chuo Line platform at Tokyo Station during the evening rush.

Chuo Line Trains at Tokyo Station (101109-1839)

Watching departing and arriving trains at Tokyo Station.

Shinjuku Station Upper Level and South Exit (101109-1856)

Walking through the upper level of Shinjuku Station and through the South Exit ticket gates.

Shinjuku - Crossing Street Near South Exit (101109-1859)

Crossing the street just outside of the South Exit of Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station West Side Sidewalk Stroll (101109-2147)

Walking along the edge of Shinjuku Station on the west side.

"End of the Road" (Japan Mountain Road - May 1993)

Running out of road in the mountains of Japan in May 1993.


Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

"Setagaya Boroichi - December 2010" (101215)

"Setagaya Boroichi - December 2010"
"Setagaya Boroichi - December 2010"
"Setagaya Boroichi - December 2010"

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"New Year's Day - 2011"

This batch of video clips is mostly of scenes taken on New Year's Day, 2011, in central Tokyo, but opens with an abstract video I took in November (and includes some other video clips from late December).  The New Year's scenes basically cover areas near Ochanomizu, Ueno, Akihabara and Kanda.  The Kanda material shows very lonely looking streets, since all the businesses are closed for New Year's.

Between Buildings - Abstract (101109-1327)

Looking around between buildings in central Tokyo - an abstract view.

Outdoor Market in Ueno Park (110101-1351)

Walking through an outdoor market in Ueno Park on New Year's Day, 2011.

Ueno - Waiting for Crosswalk Light (110101-1430)

Looking around while waiting for a green walk light near Ueno Station.

Entering Ueno Ameyokocho Market Area (110101-1431)

Walking into the Ueno Ameyokocho market area on New Year's Day, 2011.

Shinjuku - Waiting for Walk-Light (101228-1737)

Waiting for a walk light to change in Shinjuku.

Shinjuku - Walking Through Omoide-Yokocho (101228-1737)

Walking through Omoide Yokocho in Shinjuku.

Abstract - Angle Quest (101229-0015)

An abstract view of the rails and trains - seeking angles.

Inside Mostly Empty Seibu Line Train (110101-1045)

An inside view of an almost empty Seibu Line Train.

Inside of Yushima Seido's Black Building (110101-1146)

A look around inside the normally closed black building at Yushima Seido.  湯島聖堂

Courtyard of Yushima Seido (110101-1147)

Looking around in the courtyard of Yushima Seido on New Year's Day.  湯島聖堂

Ameyokocho New Year's Day Stroll 2:45 p.m. (110101-1435)

Walking through/with the crowds in the Ameyokocho area on New Year's Day, 2011.  アメ横丁

Walking Towards Yushima Shrine (110101-1158)

Walking towards Yushima Shrine (湯島天神) on New Year's Day.

Shadow on the Ground While Walking (110101-1212)

Watching shadows on the ground while walking in long line on January 1st, 2011.

Near Entrance to Yushima Shrine (110101-1236)

Looking at the scene near the entrance to Yushima Shrine (湯島天神) on New Year's Day, 2011.

Nearing Central Area of Yushima Shrine 湯島天神 (110101-1243)

Approaching the central area of Yushima Shrine (湯島天神) on New Year's Day, 2011.

Yushima Shrine Rear Inner Courtyard 湯島天神 (110101-1247)

Looking around in the Yushima Shrine (湯島天神) rear inner courtyard on January 1st, 2011.

Rear Courtyard at Yushima Shrine 湯島天神 (110101-1304)

Looking around in the rear courtyard at Yushima Shrine (湯島天神).

Yushima Shrine (湯島天神) Central Area (110101-1307)

Looking around in the central area of Yushima Shrine (湯島天神).

Food Vendor Area Near Yushima Shrine 湯島天神 (110101-1310)

Walking through the food vendor area near Yushima Shrine (湯島天神).

Seagulls by Pond in Ueno Park (110101-1354)

Watching seagulls being fed by the pond in Ueno Park (which you're not supposed to do - about five minutes after recording this, there was an announcement on the park's loudspeakers asking people not to feed any wild animals in the park).  (上野公園)

Forlorn 17:00 Chimes in Central Tokyo (110101-1705)

Looking around a mostly deserted central Tokyo on New Year's Day 2011 while listening to forlorn-sounding 17:00 chimes.

Route to Magazines Used Clothing Store in Ueno (110101-1519)

Walking along the route to the 'Magazines' used clothing store in Ueno.

Walking Towards Ueno Park (110101-1321)

Walking towards Ueno Park on January 1st, 2011.

Entering Taito-Ku (台東区) on Foot (110101-1323)

Entering Taito-Ku (台東区) on foot on January 1st, 2011.

Ueno Park's Shinobazu Pond (上野公園不忍池) - (110101-1328)

Looking at Shinobazu Pond (不忍池) in Ueno Park (上野公園) - notice the many ducks in the pond.

Ueno Park (上野公) Shinobazu Pond (不忍池) Seagulls - A Close Look (110101-1357)

Taking a close look at a group of seagulls on a fence in Ueno Park near Shinobazu Pond.  上野公の不忍池

Walking Through Ueno Park-A (上野公園) (110101-1359)

Strolling through Ueno Park on January 1st, 2011.

Walking Through Ueno Park-B (上野公園) (110101-1402)

Strolling through Ueno Park on January 1st, 2011.

Ueno Park - 360-Degree Look Near Pond (上野公園) (110101-1403)

Taking a 360-degree look around at a red light near the pond in Ueno Park.

Kiyomizu-Kannondo Temple in Ueno Park (110101-1409)

Walking around on the rear deck part of Kiyomizu-Kannondo Temple in Ueno Park.  清水観音堂

Walking by Instant Portrait Painters Near Ueno Park (110101-1428)

Walking by instant portrait painters on the stairs leading down from Ueno Park.  I remember either these very people, or else similar people doing the exact same thing 25 years ago.

Construction Site Near Ueno Station (110101-1429)

Walking by a white temporary wall around a construction site where yet another building has fallen to the Godzilla construction monster.

Entering Ameyokocho Market - January 1st, 2011 (110101-1434)

Entering the Ameyokocho market area on January 1st, 2011.

Ameyokocho Crowds on January 1st, 2011 (110101-1437)

Walking in Ameyokocho crowds on January 1st, 2011.

Ameyokocho - Walking Towards Ueno Station (110101-1517)

Walking through Ameyokocho - heading towards Ueno Station.

Ameyokocho - Continuing Towards Ueno Station (110101-1518)

Continuing on towards Ueno Station - walking through the Ameyokocho market.

Ameyokocho - Path to Tokudaiji Temple (徳大寺) (110101-1524)

Walking around in Ameyokocho - and finding the path to the Tokudaiji Temple.  徳大寺

Looking Around at Tokudaiji Temple (徳大寺) (110101-1532)

Looking around at Tokudaiji Temple (徳大寺) in Ueno, right by the Ameyokocho market.

Ameyokocho - Heading Towards Okachimachi Station (110101-1554)

Walking around in Ameyokocho - heading towards Okachimachi Station.

Beside Overhead Tracks Near Okachimachi Station (110101-1556)

Walking along beside the overhead tracks near Okachimachi Station.

Akihabara - A Few Small Shops (110101-1619)

A few small shops in Akihabara.

Akihabara - Retro Component Parts Shop (110101-1626)

Retro component parts shop in Akihabara - it looked like most of the parts had been on the shelves for a very long time.

Akihabara - Footbridge Over Kanda River (110101-1631)

Walking over a footbridge over the Kanda River (near Akihabara Station).

Twilight at Yanagimori Shrine (柳森神社) (110101-1633)

Looking around the Yanagimori Shrine (柳森神社) in the twilight on January 1st, 2011.

Leaving Yanagimori Shrine (柳森神社) (110101-1642)

After looking around, walking away from Yanagimori Shrine (柳森神社).

Empty Street Near Kanda Station (110101-1655)

Empty street near to Kanda Station.

Kanda - Empty Streets, Overhead Construction (110101-1657)

Unusually empty streets in Kanda due to its being January 1st (2011).  Overhead construction is evident on... new Shinkansen tracks?

Kanda - Empty Streets in All Directions (110101-1659)

Empty streets in all directions from an intersection in Kanda.

Creepy Path Under Bridge (110101-1709)

Walking along a creepy path under a bridge not far from Tokyo Station.

Kiyomizu Kannondo Temple Drums (110101-1410)

Listening to Kiyomizu Kannondo temple drums while looking around on the rear deck of the temple.  清水観音堂

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon