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

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