Monday, June 27, 2011

"1991 Fireworks, Shinjuku, Takadanobaba, Ginza, Kyobashi, Kyojima, Etc."

This batch of clips begins with a trip back to July 27th, 1991, when I went to Asakusa from Ueno to see the big Sumida-gawa Fireworks Festival. After that are typical views of Shinjuku, Ginza, Yurakucho, the Chuo Line, the Ginza Line, etc., *and* a 2011 visit to Kyojima - which I visited back in 1991 as a rare part of Tokyo that escaped the firebombing of WW-II by virtue of being between two rivers. In 1991, there were still a number of old wooden buildings that pre-dated the war, but this time around, not very many. I was also (slightly) surprised to see a monster high-rise right in the middle of the old two story buildings in the area. It may well end up being made into (yet another) exclusive vertical gated community. Vertical gated communities have their place in the city, but one hopes that some of the old way with street-level open-front shops will continue as well....

1991 Sumida-gawa Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会-91年) - (910727)

July 27th, 1991 - Going to Asakusa to see the Sumida-gawa (River) Fireworks Festival (隅田川花火大会). This includes views of Ueno, lining up for tickets, riding the Ginza Line to Asakusa, watching the fireworks in Asakusa, and then taking a few trains from Asakusa over to the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line.

There is information about this famous festival here:

Shinjuku - South Exit to Kabukicho - (110621-2225)

Walking in Shinjuku from the south exit of Shinjuku Station over to Kabukicho.

Half Dark Kokubunji Station - (110615-1955)

Walking through a half-darkened Kokubunji Station.

Shinjuku - West Exit to South Exit Stroll - (110621-2220)

Walking in Shinjuku, from the west exit to the south exit.

Shoe Sounds in Takadanobaba Station - (Seibu to Tozai) - (110621-1206)

Listening to "clack-clack" shoe sounds while changing trains in Takadanobaba Station - (from the Seibu Line to the Tozai Line).

Chuo Line - Tokyo to Yotsuya - (110621-1959)

Riding the Chuo Line from Tokyo to Yotsuya.

Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba - (110621-1210)

Watching a Tozai Line Train arrive at Takadanobaba Station.

From Ginza Line to Street Level (Kyobashi Station) - (110621-1229)

Going from the Ginza Line to street level at Kyobashi Station.

Boulevard Stroll in Kyobashi - (110621-1231)

Walking down a boulevard in Kyobashi.

Very Noisy Elevator in Kyobashi - (110621-1308)

Riding a very noisy elevator in Kyobashi. (I don't think it's dangerous - since they regularly change the motors and cables in elevators - but I think there's a very tired solenoid or something in the elevator box that needs to be replaced.)

Moriyama Mitsuteru (森山光輝) Installation at Gallery Tomo - (110621-1430)

Moriyama Mitsuteru (森山光輝) Installation (インストレーション) at Gallery Tomo (ぎゃらりぃ朋).

Okuno Building (奥野ビル) - Staircase-A (7th to 1st) - (110621-1852)

Walking down the A-Staircase in the Okuno Building (奥野ビル) - from the 7th to the 1st floor.

Y's Arts Round Window (Room-101) - June 21st, 2011 - (110621-1918)

A look at the round window of Room-101 of the Okuno Building, where the Y's Arts antique shop is. (on June 21st, 2011).

Ginza to Yurakucho Stroll - (110621-1923)

Walking form Ginza side streets over to the Yurakucho Station area.

Looking Around by Yurakucho-SB - (110621-1951)

Looking around by the Yurakucho-SB.

Yurakucho to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line - (110621-1954)

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

Outbound Shinjuku Chuo Line Platform - (110621-2014)

Looking around on an outbound Chuo Line Platform at Shinjuku Station.

Outbound Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku Station - (110621-2015)

An outbound Chuo Line train at Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku - South Exit to Nishi-Shinjuku - (110621-2017)

In Shinjuku - walking from the south exit of Shinjuku Station to Nishi-Shinjuku (formerly Yodobashi).

"Bring" - Live in Shinjuku (Street Music) - (110621-2215)

"Bring", live on the west side of Shinjuku Station. (Street Music).

Ginza to Kagurazaka (Ginza and Tozai Lines) - (110624-2238)

Going from the streets of Ginza, to the Ginza Line, and then the Tozai Line - until reaching Kagurazaka Station on the Tozai Line.

Takadanobaba Stroll - (110624-1302)

Walking around in Takadanobaba one hot summer day.

Takadanobaba Station to Takadanobaba Traffic Island - (110624-1239)

Walking from Seibu-Takadanobaba Station to a traffic island in Takadanobaba.

Nihonbashi Station - Tozai Line to Inbound Toei-Asakusa Line Entrance - (110624-1337)

At Nihonbashi Station - walking from the Tozai Line to the inbound Toei-Asakusa Line entrance.

Caution: If you want to get on an outbound train, you need to climb a different set of stairs to get there (I found out the hard way).

Nihonbashi to Oshiage - Toei-Asakusa Line - (110624-1342)

Riding a Toei-Asakusa Line train from Nihonbashi to Oshiage.

Oshiage to Keisei-Hikifune - (110624-1353)

Riding a Keisei local train from Oshiage Station to Keisei-Hikifune Station.

Train Leaving Keisei-Hikifune Station - (110624-1357)

Watching a train leaving Keisei-Hikifune Station.

Yahiro - Walking Around - (110624-1402)

Walking around in Yahiro.

Kyojima Walkabout-01 - (110624-1419)

Kyojima Walkabout-02 - (110624-1437)

Kyojima Walkabout-03 - (110624-1446)

Kyojima Walkabout-04 - (110624-1456)

Kyojima Walkabout-05 - (110624-1501)

Kyojima (Shotengai) Walkabout - 06 - (110624-1726)

Kyojima (Shotengai) Walkabout - 07 - (110624-1732)

Kyojima (Shotengai) Walkabout - 08 - (110624-1801)

Kyojima Walkabout-09 - (110624-1821)

Kyojima Walkabout-10 - (110624-1839)

Kyojima Walkabout-11 - (110624-1849)

Kyojima Walkabout-12 - (110624-1857)

Walking around in Kyojima (京島) - 12.

Area Around Keisei-Hikifune Station in the Evening - (110624-1908)

Looking around in the area around Keisei-Hikifune Station in the evening.

Inside Seibu-Shinjuku Line Express (Late Friday Night) - (110624-2309)

An inside view in a Seibu-Shinjuku Line express train - late Friday night.

Boarding Seibu Express at Takadanobaba - (110624-2307)

Boarding a Seibu express train at Takadanobaba Station.

Takadanobaba Station - 11:05 p.m. - (110624-2305)

The inside of Takadanobaba Station at 11:05 p.m.

Boarding Keikyu Blue Sky Train at Keisei-Hikifune Station - (110624-1917)

Boarding a Keikyu "Blue Sky Train" at Keisei-Hikifune Station.

Nihonbashi - Toei-Asakusa Line to Ginza Line Transfer - (110624-1932)

Changing trains at Nihonbashi Station - from the Toei-Asakusa Line to the Ginza Line.

Ginza Station and Ginza Main Street - Friday Night - (110624-1943)

Walking through Ginza Station and out onto the streets near the Ginza 4-chome intersection on a Friday night.

Ginza to Yurakucho on Friday Night - (110624-1949)

Walking from Ginza to Yurakucho on Friday Night.

Yurakucho Summer Izakaya - (110624-1955)

Walking around in Yurakucho one summer Friday checking out the outside izakaya scene.

Yurakucho Friday Night Walkabout - (110624-2004)

Walking about in Yurakucho on Friday night.

Yurakucho-SB on a Friday Night - (110624-2220)

Looking around by Yurakucho-SB on a Friday night.

Around Yurakucho Station (Friday Night) - (110624-2228)

Walking through the street-level of Yurakucho Station, etc., on a Friday night.

Tozai Line - Kagurazaka to Takadanobaba - (110624-2258)

Riding the Tozai Line from Kagurazaka to Takadanobaba.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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