Monday, October 15, 2012

"Nippori, Uguisudani, Negishi, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Etc."

Everything is from 2012 this time.  In fact, this whole batch is from Thursday, October 11th, 2012.  There are recordings from several locations (I use the term 'recordings' because it seems more accurate than film terms when referring to digital recordings of visual material - which include audio after all), but the main areas I spent some time in are Shibuya, Uguisudani (Negishi), and Nippori.  I'll make a few additional comments after some of the video titles/links below, but mainly the titles are fairly self-explanatory.

Twilight Ride - Nippori-Toneri Liner 日暮里舎人ライナー (121011g)

A view from the front of this computer-driven (no human driver) train (with rubber tires - not steel wheels) in the twilight.  I generally don't like acronyms, but this train probably ought to have one.  "Nippori-Toneri Liner" is a bit over the top - "NTL Line" would make more sense, especially since, if you put "Line" into the name, you would end up with "Nippori-Toneri Liner Line", which a bit ridiculous.  I think the old system of basing the line on two (and sometimes three) kanji would have been best: 東海道 (Tokaido), 山手 (Yamanote), 東西 (Tozai), 銀座 (Ginza), 東武 (Tobu), 西武 (Seibu), 京王 (Keio), 小田急 (Okakyu), 東急 (Tokyu), 東横 (Toyoko), etc., "日暮里舎人ライナー" is way too long - it's more like a sentence than a name....

Platform Stroll - Nippori-Toneri Line 日暮里_舎人ライナー (121011g)

Twilight at Nishi-Nippori (Nippori-Toneri Line) 121011g

Watching Trains by Nippori Station One Evening (121011g)

A lot of trains pass by this area, so it has quite a busy feel to it in the evening.

Shibuya Afternoon Walkabout 渋谷昼散歩 (121011g)

A look at Shibuya in the early afternoon - which has a bit different feel to it than at night (but of course...).  In the plaza were three different amplified sound sources competing for ears....

Tokyo Station (Chuo Line to New Dome Interior) 121011g

Nishi-Nippori Station 西日暮里駅 (Boarding Yamanote Line) 121011

Nishi-Nippori - Walking Towards Station (121011)

Side Street by Nishi-Nippori (121011)

Twilight Nishi-Nippori Stroll 夕方西日暮里散歩 (121011)

Twilight at Nippori Station (Walking Towards Nippori-Toneri Line) 121011

Side Streets Near Nippori Station (121011)

Yanaka-Ginza Shotengai Stroll 谷中銀座散歩 (121011)

This shotengai has become a tourist draw.  This sort of shopping street used to just be the norm, but has become something rather nostalgic as people's shopping habits have changed - putting many small shops out of business.

Walking Towards Yanaka-Ginza Shotengai (121011)

Stone Path - One October Evening (121011)

Walking on a stone path that goes through a cemetery.

Shibuya Plaza Afternoon View (121011)

Afternoon Walk to Shibuya Station (121011)

Shibuya (Walking Over to New Building) 121011

Riding Escalator in Shibuya Hikarie 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

This was my first visit to this new high-rise building in Shibuya.  It's actually rather interesting - with a whole range of things inside, from department store and restaurants, to convention center, movie theater, music hall, and sitting atop all that, office space.

Restaurant Floor in Shibuya Hikarie 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

Shibuya Hikarie Elevator and 11F 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

Shibuya Hikarie 11F and 9F Lookaround 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

Shibuya Station East Side Overhead View (121011)

Looking at the sea of construction equipment that is between this new building and Shibuya Station.  I'm not sure what's going to happen to this area exactly.  Either they are going to do major construction on something, or possibly some (or all) of the construction equipment there is related to the large new high-rise?

Shibuya Hikarie 9F and 8F Lookaround 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

Restaurant Stroll (Shibuya Hikarie 渋谷ヒカリエ) 121011

Elevator View (Ascending) Shibuya Hikarie 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

These glass-sided elevators are quite visually interesting to ride in, as they provide a view both of outside and of the various cables and counterweights that make up this bank of elevators.

Elevator View (Descending) Shibuya Hikarie 渋谷ヒカリエ (121011)

Walkway to Shibuya Station (East Side) 121011

This walkway connects the new high-rise with Shibuya Station.

Shibuya Station (Yamanote Line Platform Etc.) 121011

Shibuya to Shinagawa (Yamanote Line) 渋谷から品川まで (121011)

Shinagawa to Uguisudani (Yamanote Line) 品川から鶯谷まで (121011)

Uguisudani Afternoon Platform North Exit 鶯谷駅北口 (121011)

Sort of the back entrance/exit to Uguisudani Station - the main exit is from the opposite end of the platforms.

Uguisudani North Exit Tunnel 鶯谷駅北口トンネル (121011)

Streetcars in Otsuka (121011)

Walking Through Otsuka Station (Outside the Ticket Gates) 121011

Back Street Near Otsuka Station (121011)

Otsuka (Walking Towards North Side Shotengai) 121011

Otsuka to Shinjuku Night Ride 大塚から新宿まで (山手線) 121011

Shinjuku - Exiting South Exit 新宿駅南口 (121011)

Shinjuku - From the South Entrance to the Chuo Line (121011)

Quick Look at Marunouchi Buildings at Night (121011)

Since Tokyo Station was under reconstruction for so long, the area seems transformed with the construction barrier walls finally removed.

Walking Through Tokyo Station at Night (121011)

Uguisudani North Exit Trackside (121011)

鶯谷/根岸の元三島神社 Shrine near Uguisudani Station (121011)

Negishi Roadside Stroll 根岸道の散歩 (121011)

Negishi is the area right next to Uguisudani Station.

Negishi Under-Road Bicycle Parking 根岸 (121011)

Walking Against an Afternoon Sun (Negishi 根岸) 121011

Quiet Side Streets in Negishi 根岸 (121011)

View from Uguisudani Platform 鶯谷駅からのビュー (121011)

Uguisudani Upper Level Passageways 鶯谷駅上の通路南口 (121011)

As this area is under construction, it will probably end up being radically different in the not-too-distant future.

Negishi Bridge View of Railway 根岸橋のビュー (121011)

Side Street Stroll (Negishi) 121011

Negishi Trackside Street Stroll (121011)

Negishi Izakaya Side Street 根岸居酒屋 (121011)

Entering Uguisudani Station via South Entrance (121011)

Uguisudani to Nippori 鶯谷から日暮里まで (Yamanote Line) 121011

Exiting JR-Nippori Station 日暮里駅 (121011)

Walking Away from Nippori Station 日暮里駅 (121011)

Shinjuku Yamanote Platform (Daytime) 121011

Shinjuku to Shibuya (Yamanote Line) 新宿から渋谷まで山手線 (121011)

Street Next to Cemetery Near Uguisudani Station (121011)

Front Cab - Waiting to Start (Nippori-Toneri Liner 日暮里舎人ライナー) 121011

Since the train is driven by computer, with no human driver, you can sit right in front where (on a regular train) a driver would sit.

Shinjuku - Street Musicians Near South Exit (121011)

Yurakucho Izakaya Tunnel Walk-through (121011)

Train Passing Yurakucho-SB at Night (121011)

Izakaya Night Scene (Short) 121011

Yurakucho to Tokyo (121011)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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