Sunday, September 29, 2013

"Kawagoe, Shinjuku, Shinbashi, Hamamatsucho, Ginza, Etc."

Past the heat of August, the temperatures in September are just about perfect.  It would be nice if this wonderful weather would stretch out into December or something.
It's been kind of an active couple of weeks - with exhibitions in Ginza (including my own), trips to Kawagoe, Shinjuku, Ueno, Shinbashi, Hamamatsucho, etc. etc.  I'll comment on some of the video links below.
Narrow Passageway in Otsuka 大塚の細い道 (130907)

Passing Streetcar and Rails for Posts (130907)

This is something that people almost never seem to notice, but old rails (railway rails - after wearing down and being replaced) used to be used for various things, most commonly walkways, platform roof supports, etc. at railway stations, but also as fence posts, as shown in this video.

Shinjuku to Tokyo (Chuo Line) 新宿駅-東京駅 中央線左側 (130907g)
Yoyogi-Uehara to Shinjuku (Odakyu Line) 代々木上原駅-新宿駅 小田急線 (130907)

新宿駅西口から中央線ホームまで Shinjuku Station - West Exit to Chuo Line (130907)

銀座奥野ビル501号室 Lyle H Saxon 2013 Exhibition-1991 - Rondo - Okuno Bldg (130914)

I had a solo exhibition earlier in the month - focusing on still photos taken from video material I took in (mainly) 1991, but also with videos I took in that period playing into the back of where Room-501's round window used to be.  These videos (above and below) give a fairly good view of how the exhibition looked.
Lyle Hiroshi Saxon 2013 Exhibition-1991 銀座奥野ビル501号室展示会 (130914)

Kokubunji to Nishi-Kokubunji (Chuo Line) 国分寺駅-西国分寺駅 中央線 (130911)

Ueno Art Gallery Outside Escalators (130910)
Summer Insect Songs in September (130910)
During the hottest days of August, you are so preoccupied with thinking about - or trying not to think about - the heat, that you don't have much contemplative room to really take in details like the sound of insects.  Once the weather cools a little, but before the summer insects disappear from the scene, then the sound of them singing away produces a combination thought, the first part being "They sound really nice in the woods...", but as you contemplate the sound, a melancholy feeling comes over you as you envision the sound fading away, the wind getting colder, the leaves falling, and another unpleasantly cold winter beginning....

Kanda Station Under Construction (Chuo to Yamanote) 短い (130910)

Kanda to Ueno (Yamanote Line) 神田駅-上野駅 山手線 (130910)

Ueno Sky and Clouds 九月の上野空と雲 (130910)
Ueno Park to Ueno Station to Akihabara 上野公園-上野駅-秋葉原駅 (130910na)

Akihabara to Yurakucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line) 秋葉原駅-有楽町駅 京浜東北線 (130910)

Twilight in Yurakucho (Quick View) 有楽町夕暮れ (130910)

Twilight Sky and Crosswalk 夕暮れ空と横断歩道 (130910)

Tokyo to Kanda (Chuo Line) 東京駅-神田駅 中央線 (130910)
Kanda Station Under Construction 工事中の神田駅 (130912)

Kurota Kobun 黒多弘文 Abe Yusuke 阿部祐輔 Room-306 306号室プロジェクト (130912)

Ando Nobuhiro Exhibition 安藤信弘展示会インスタレーション Y's Arts-508 (130912)
Yokoyama Mitsunobu 横山光伸 Art Gallery Ishi アートギャラリー石 (130913)

Seibu Line Train Departing Takadanobaba Station 西武高田馬場駅 (130913)
New Plant Wall on Yaesu Side of Tokyo Station 東京駅八重洲口 (130914)
Tokyo Station Yaesu Construction Zone 東京駅八重洲口 (130914)
Shinjuku to Ikebukuro (Yamanote Line) 新宿駅-池袋駅 山手線 (130913)

Entering Subway 地下鉄に入る (130913)

Walking by Departing Train in Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅の東西線を出発 (130913)

高田馬場駅の忙しい夜 Busy Evening at Takadanobaba Station (130913)

Kanda to Yurakucho Train Watching in Yurakucho 神田駅-有楽町駅 (130912)
Kiki in Hamamatsucho 浜松町ライブのKiki (130919)

Kiki (from Kagoshima) put on another good performance in Hamamatsucho.  Incidentally, I did a write-up of them that you can see here:

"Kiki Live in Hamamatsucho - Summer 2013"

浜松町ライブKiki (A) Live in Hamamatsucho (Kiki - Shiraso) 130919
浜松町ライブKiki 金木犀 Live in Hamamatsucho (Kiki - Kimokusei) [B] 130919

浜松町ライブKiki カテゴライズ Live in Hamamatsucho (Kiki - Categorize) [C] 130919

Hamamatsucho Stage と Izakaya と Night Scene 浜松町駅前居酒屋 (130919)
Masses of Birds in Kawagoe (in the trees) 川越の鳥鳥鳥 (130918)

A very boring video - I don't recommend this one, unless you want to hear what they sounded like in the trees.  As I was nearing the area, there were great masses of them flying together in the sky, but by the time I got there, they had mostly settled down (noisily) to perches in the trees.  I was hoping they would perform another mass flyover, so I kept the camera rolling for a couple of minutes.  If you're into birds, you might like this one.

Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho 夜の有楽町駅から山手線が出発 (130919)
Late Night Yurakucho Station 有楽町駅-東京駅 夜の京浜東北線 (130919)

Tokyo to Kanda (Chuo Line) 東京駅-神田駅 中央線 (130919)

Thursday Night Yurakucho-SB 木曜日の夜のYSB (130919)
Yurakucho Izakaya (September) 九月の有楽町居酒屋 (130919)

Kanda to Yurakucho (Yamanote Line) 神田駅-有楽町駅 山手線 (130917)
Yamanote Line Train Departing Yurakucho Station 有楽町駅 (130917)

本川越駅に到着 西武線 Arriving at Hon-Kawagoe Station (Seibu Line) 130918

Looking out the front cab of a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it comes into Hon-Kawagoe Station.

Insect Sounds in the Woods (130918)

Kawagoe Rooftop Amusement Park Monorail (130918)
I wrote a short blog entry while on the rooftop, which I posted here:

"Kawagoe Rooftop Amusement Park - 2013"
Looking Around at Rooftop Amusement Park in Kawagoe (130918)

Temple in Kawagoe 川越にあるお寺 (130918)
Kurazukuri Building Interior in Kawagoe 川越蔵造り (130918)

Kawagoe September Evening Green 川越九月緑 (130918)
Kawagoe Kenryuji Temple September Evening 川越見立寺 九月の夕方 (130918)

Kawagoe Evening Kashiya-Yokocho 川越夕方の菓子屋横丁 (130918)
川越菓子屋横丁の道焼き物 Street Tiles - Kawagoe Kashiya-Yokocho (130918)

川越の昭和時代の店 Kawagoe Old Shops on way to Hon-Kawagoe Station (130918)

Tokyo to Hamamatsucho (Keihin-Tohoku Kaisoku) 東京駅-浜松町駅 京浜東北快速 (130919)

Hamamatsucho Train Watching 浜松町駅で電車を見る (130919)
Arriving at Shinbashi Station (Yamanote Line FCV) 新橋駅に到着 (130919)

Another front cab view - this time watching as the train arrives at Shinbashi Station.

Shiodome Escalator 潮留エスカレーター (130919)

Shiodome Buildings and Passageways 潮留ビルと通路 (130919)
Yurikamome Line Train Passing Between Shiodome Buildings ゆりかもめ線 (130919)

Shinbashi SL-Plaza Quick 360 新橋駅前SL広場360 (130919)
Shinbashi Station Platform - Waiting for a Train 新橋駅ホームの様子 (130919)

Shinbashi to Hamamatsucho (Yamanote Line) 新橋駅-浜松町駅 (130919)

Nighttime Hamamatsucho (Near Station) 夜の浜松町駅辺り (130919g)
Hamamatsucho to Yurakucho (Yamanote Line) 浜松町駅-有楽町駅 山手線 (130919)

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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