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....
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....
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFAc-2Oqdro
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.
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.
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".)
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
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)