A magazine for new employees. Okay... but I wish they would just use a JJ name for it instead of a JE name. Why "freshers"? Well, the lower case is because that's what young people do (it's illegal to use the shift key when typing if you're under 30) and the "fresh" part comes from "freshman" as in new students at a university.
This batch of clips includes some from the same time frame as the last batch of clips (featuring Kamakura and Enoshima) - but from a different camera, recorded in a wider aspect ratio and larger size. The newer clips include typical train scenes (Chuo Line, etc.) and several clips related to exhibitions at art galleries in Kyobashi and Ginza.
Ah! There is an unusual and interesting subject this time - a 1920's hand-crank movie projector that I was able to try out (along with several others in a group that watched some old movie clips from the 1930's). There are also a couple of short clips of the old movie (and animation) clips that were shown, which give some idea of the experience of seeing them in Room-508. The only thing electricity was needed for, was for the illumination behind the film. The man showing the film clips has been collecting old clips for some four decades, and is quite an expert on movie film, camera, and projector history. One very interesting thing I learned at the exhibition is that the early Chaplin and Keystone Cops material was filmed at 16fps, and (at the time) shown at 16fps, but sped up later to 24fps for no better reason than that movie film technology had moved from 16fps to 24fps and showing the old films on new projectors resulted in their being 1.5x their intended speed. I had grown up seeing only the sped-up versions of those very old films, so I thought that was how they had been intended to be seen.
Ginza Demolition Site - (120508) - Another section of Ginza loses several older buildings to make way for (highly probably) yet another over-size sealed-box with a recirculating air system. Someday humans will realize that it's vastly more humane to make buildings with proper ventilation, rather than making people feel like captive gold fish in a tank that needs to have its water changed. Meanwhile, most of us suffer in badly designed (air quality wise) sealed boxes while working.... http://youtu.be/dfMgKB4zey0
Gawa Kumiko (ガワクミコ) Gallery Ginza 1-Chome (ギャラリー銀座一丁目) - (C) - (120427) - Exhibition of glass art in an installation environment utilizing sculpted cardboard. http://youtu.be/VlZ-FXzoBdM
Experiencing the Solar Eclipse Without Realizing it Exactly - (120521) - A very boring clip. If you are feeling like you missed something by not seeing the eclipse, then have a look at this and you may feel better. While it was interesting to see the effect through dark glasses, the view on the sun-illuminated ground was nothing more than it seeming like it was early evening for a few minutes (which was somewhat interesting, but didn't record into video very well). http://youtu.be/yvN-0Wzp4Fc
Kawai Etsuko (河合悦子展) Exhibition at Gallery.B Tokyo - (120522) - A side-to-side view of one of this artist's paintings, showing how it looks rather different depending on what angle the picture is viewed at. http://youtu.be/8WntPEgTiqI
Glimpse of Art Space Rondo - (120522) - This is a new gallery that - so far - I've only been able to look at through the front door glass. By-and-by they'll probably have an exhibition and I'll get a chance to have a better look then. I do wonder a little about the division of the room into what appear to be two nearly equal halves. The original room size is perfectly good for exhibitions, but only a little over half of the room might be a bit small? It's a nice room though - too bad the last tenant ripped out the original 1932 wooden flooring. This is how it looked as the flooring was so tragically being ripped out two years ago: [Destruction of original 1932 flooring in Room-501 (2010)]. Well - the destruction of that wonderful flooring can't be undone now, but I certainly hope that the few rooms in the building which still have the original flooring are protected against this sort of destructive redecorating in the future. http://youtu.be/iweIxvXa-zU
Okay - I finally got out of Tokyo for a change, and went down to Kamakura and Enoshima. It was good to do something different, and the weather was about as nice as you could hope for - sunny, but not too hot (pretty close to perfect!). All in all, it was a great day. In fact, I was having enough fun that I left the camera off for much of the day, so there isn't very much material from Kamakura, but there are a lot of train views (primarily the Yokosuka Line, Enoden Line, and the Shonan-Enoshima Monorail), and I got myself back into image-record mode by the time I got to Enoshima, so there are some fairly long scenes from there, particularly (recommended), this clip:
I also like this view of the elevated plaza beside Hachioji Station - taken on one of the first relatively warm nights of the year - with street musicians out performing and people walking around without their winter coats:
And - I guess that's about all for what I'd specifically recommend, although, if you're a rail fan, you might want to check out the Shonan Monorail and Enoden Line front cab views, of which there are several long clips.
Well - with that, here are the most recent batch of video clips:
Friday last week turned out to be a good time to visit Kyobashi and Ginza art galleries - there was really interesting installation by Okawa Mamiko; an innovative exhibition/installation by Gawa Kumiko; and a very interesting exhibition by Moriizumi Shoko. Fortunately I received permission to record video at all three events (see links below), so the events can be both seen from afar and also seen in the future, long after the events are finished.
It's video's archival value that strikes me as a truly wonderful thing these days. That has always been photography's main purpose in a way, but so often I've used it for the purpose of showing things to people living very far away, that the archival value ended up being of secondary importance... until recently, when I've been looking over old images and appreciating that it's possible to see things which have long gone. Video is wonderful for this not only due to the recording of motion, but also because of the sound - or maybe even especially because of the sound. The strange thing I've found with sound is that it seems more difficult to recall than images - yet when a sound is heard again, it is easily remembered as soon as you hear it. (What is the process/reason for that anyway? I suppose to recognize people's voices? There's little need to recall them if they are not present, but it's important to recognize the voice of someone you know/knew when you meet them?) Anyway - check out the videos below if you have time!