Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Train Views, Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll, Ginza, Ueno, Etc."

Another batch of videos from out on the train system, as well as views of Ginza, Shinjuku, Ueno, etc.  Typical stuff.  It's not particularly exciting to watch any of it now, but in the future it will have more value as a record of how things used to be.  Time and time again I've taken something for granted in Tokyo and then been shocked to return and find no trace of it.  The appetite of the Godzilla construction industry is truly insatiable, so almost everything is destroyed within a few decades or so.  That being the case, I think it's important to record street scenes in general, because you never know when any part of them will be eaten by Godzilla.

Don't get me wrong - I like new construction as well, but do feel that the balance between preserving some aspects of the city and building/rebuilding new parts is very heavily biased in favor of endless new construction, even when it isn't really necessary or even desirable.

[.... shaking....]

Another earthquake.  Hmm... maybe I should acknowledge here that I understand that there's a much greater need for structures to be strong in Tokyo than in many other cities in the world....  But perfectly good, strong structures are also destroyed, so I still say there is too much emphasis on endless construction.

September 10th... finally the weather is beginning to cool off a little from the heat of August.  Autumn is a nice time of year, but I can't say I care for winter.

Nighttime Kokubunji Station Edge - (110905-2032)

Looking around on the edge of Kokubunji Station in the evening.

Rear Cab of Seibu Train at Night - (110905-2036)

Looking into/out-of the rear cab of a Seibu Line Train at night.

Insects, Crows, Aircraft, and Trees - (110906-1102)

Listening to insects, crows, and aircraft in a grove of trees in Tokyo.

Shinjuku West Exit to Mitsui Building - (110906-1912)

Walking from the west exit area of Shinjuku Station, to the Mitsui Building.

Departing Shinjuku via Outbound Chuo Line - (110906-2328)

Riding out of Shinjuku on an outbound Chuo Line train.

Seibu to Tozai Line Transfer - (110906-1152)

Transferring from the Seibu-Shinjuku Line to the Tozai (subway) Line.

Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba Station - (110906-1158)

Boarding a Tozai Line (subway) train at Takadanobaba Station.

Boarding Ginza Line at Nihonbashi - (110906-1218)

Boarding a Ginza (subway) Line train at Nihonbashi Station.

Traditional Food Box Demonstration - (110906-1813)

Watching a demonstration of how a traditional-design hand-built, wooden food box is assembled.

Short Stroll on Chuo Dori in Ginza - (110906-1236)

Walking along Chuo-Dori in Ginza.

Inside Evening Tokyo Station - (110906-1855)

Walking through evening Tokyo Station.

Inbound Chuo Line Arriving at Takao Station - (110907-1913)

Watching an inbound Chuo Line train arriving at Takao Station.

Street Musicians in Kokubunji - (110907-2003)

A quick look at some street musicians in Kokubunji.

Tozai to Chiyoda Transfer at Otemachi - (110908-0923)

Walking from the Tozai Line to the Chiyoda Line at Otemachi.

360-Degree View from Temple in Ueno Park - (110908-1421)

Taking a 360-degree look from a temple in Ueno Park.

Corner of Ueno Park - (110908-1425)

Looking around in a corner of Ueno Park.

Construction Site Near Ueno Park - (110908-1430)

Walking by a construction site near Ueno Park.

Nezu Back Street Stroll - (110908-0939)

Walking around on back streets in Nezu.

Entering Ueno Station - (110908-1432)

Walking into Ueno Station - heading for the ticket gates.

Hollow Section of Wall (Former Trash Chute) - (110908-1537)

Checking out the sound of a hollow section of a wall in an old building.

Yurakucho to Tokyo - 10:40 P.M. - (110908-2240)

Riding a late night Yamanote Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo.

Store Escalator - (110908-1458)

Riding a store escalator towards the exit.

Ueno to Akihabara - Yamanote Line - (110908-1434)

Riding a Yamanote Line train from Ueno to Akihabara.

Akihabara to Yurakucho - Trains at Yurakucho - (110908-1439)

Riding a Yamanote Line train from Akihabara to Yurakucho, and watching a few trains go by in Yurakucho.

Yurakucho Station Platform View - (110908-1446)

Looking around from the platform of Yurakucho Station before exiting the station.

Late Night Yurakucho Plaza - (110908-2231)

Walking across Yurakucho Plaza late at night.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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