Monday, December 09, 2013

"1991 Kawasaki, Yokohama, Etc; 2013 Monomiyama Park, Shinjuku, Hamamatsucho, Etc."

This batch of videos begins with views from November 1991 showing Kawasaki, Yokohama, and Hiyoshi.  After the 1991 views, are many views from 2013, including the usual views of central Tokyo (Shinjuku, Hamamatsucho, Ginza, etc.), as well as views from an area I've not covered before - Monomiyama Park, and the nearby Saitama Peace Museum (Peace Museum of Saitama).  In Hamamatsucho are views of the band Kiki performing live outside, near the station.  After other 2013 views, are several more views from November 1991, showing several train trips - mainly on the Yamanote Line, but also including two fairly detailed trips (outbound at night, and inbound in the daytime) on the Tokyu-Ikegami Line.
I've been a bit busy, and so haven't had time to get together photos for this batch of videos, so I'll just put one photo at the top of the page and the links below.  Looking over the titles, I may comment here and there, but there isn't much time....

1991 - Kawasaki Station Area 川崎駅辺り (911116)

1991 - Kawasaki to Yokohama (Tokaido Line) 川崎駅-横浜駅 東海道線 (911116)

This is a nostalgic one for me, as I used to often ride in this type of train on the Tokaido Line (the current trains are of a different design).

1991 - Yokohama Station Area 横浜駅辺り (911116na)

1991 - Yokohama to Hiyoshi Etc 横浜駅-日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅など (911116)

Shinjuku to Osaki (Yamanote Line) 新宿駅-大崎駅 山手線左右側 (131108)

Takahashi Keiko 高橋敬子 Exhibition at Gallery Kobo 巷房 (131107)

The artist explains (in Japanese) her art in this one, as the view goes from one painting to another at the exhibition.

Departing Koenji Late at Night 夜遅くの高円寺駅から出発 (131105n)

新宿駅夜のホーム Waiting for Late Night Train at Shinjuku Station (131105)

Shinjuku to Ebisu (Shinjuku Construction) 新宿駅-恵比寿駅 新宿工事 (131107)

Walking by Tokyo Tower (131107)

Tree Lighting in Kyobashi 京橋の夜光 (131107)

Boarding Tobu Line Train 東武線を乗る (131113)

Ebisu to Hiro (Hibiya Line) 恵比寿駅-広尾駅 日比谷線 (131114)

Bug Theme Exhibition at Art Space Rondo - November 2013 (131114)

Waiting for a Walk Light in Kyobashi 京橋でシグナルを待っている (131114)

Late Night Train Aisle 夜遅くの電車通路 (131114)

Old Type Train - Outbound from Tachikawa 立川駅から下り電車 (131118)

This train is of the same type (or nearly the same, I'm not sure it's actually the exact same model) as the old Tokaido Line train shown further up the page in a 1991 view.  I'm glad some of these are still on the rails, since they have so much more character than the newer types.

Outbound Chuo Line - Old Type Train 下り中央線 (131118)

Entering Hamamatsucho Station 浜松町駅に入る (131107)

夜の浜松町駅ホーム Waiting for and Boarding Train in Hamamatsucho (131107)

Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho 有楽町駅の山手線出発 (131107)

Evening Yurakucho Station Platform 有楽町駅ホームの夕方様子 (131107)

Yamanote Line Train Passing Osaki Station 大崎駅を通る山手線 (131108)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via South Exit 新宿駅南改札口 (131112)

Shinjuku Station Open Platforms at Night 新宿駅夜オープンホーム (131112)

夜新宿駅ホームの流れ Shinjuku Platform Flowing by Window (131114)

Monomiyama Park A 物見山公園 秋 (131113)

Monomiyama Park B 物見山公園 秋 (131113)

Monomiyama Park C 物見山公園 秋 (131113)

Saitama Peace Museum Entrance 埼玉県平和資料館入り口 (131113)

Riding Elevator up Observation Tower at Saitama Peace Museum (131113)

Trees in an Autumn Breeze (131113)

Night Train Side Window View 夜電車の横窓風景 (131113)

Hamamatsucho Evening Sidewalk 浜松町散策散歩 (131114)

Late Twilight in Yaesu (Looking Over at Tokyo Station) 八重洲東京駅 (131114)

Observation Tower View - Peace Museum of Saitama (131113)

夕暮れ時の浜松町 Twilight in Hamamatsucho (131107g)

Twilight Bridge Stroll 夕暮れの橋散策散歩 (131113g)

Kiki - キンモクセイ - 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-1 Song-2)  131121

Tokyo Station 730pm - Concourse Stroll - 東京駅コンコース散策 (131121)

Nihonbashi Alley Stroll 日本橋小路散策散歩 (131121)

Tokyo Station 820pm - Concourse Stroll - 東京駅コンコース散策 (131121)

Departing Shinjuku Station at Night 夜の新宿駅から出発 (131122)

Kokubunji to Shinjuku (Chuo Line) 国分寺駅-新宿駅 中央線左側 (131121)

Shinjuku to Osaki 新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通快速 (131122)

Kiki - カテゴライズ (Categorize) - 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-1 Song-3) 131121

Kiki - パスワード (Password) - 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-2 Song-1) 131121

Kiki - 砂時計 (Hourglass) - 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-2 Song-4) 131121

Kiki - ハッピーバースデー (Happy Birthday) 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-3 Song-3) 131121

Kiki - 誰も知らない小さな世界 - 浜松町ライブ Hamamatsucho Live (Set-4 Song-5) 131121

Shinjuku to Ebisu (Yamanote Line) 新宿駅-恵比寿駅 山手線 (131121)

Evening Stroll in Hamamatsucho 浜松町の夕方散歩 (131121)

夕暮れの大崎 Twilight Osaki (131122)

Chuo Line Night Window Reflections 中央線夜の反射 (131119g)

Bus Ride Through Light and Shadow 光と影の走るバス (131120g)

Unusually, I was the only passenger on a bus I got on, so I sat in the very back and looked up the aisle, enjoying the light and shadows from the winter afternoon sun shining through the right side windows.

1991 - Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro (Seibu Line) ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 (911123)

1991 - 新品自動改札口 西武池袋線 Seibu-Ikebukuro - New Ticket Gates (911123)

Regarding the automatic ticket gates and their implementation in Tokyo, there seems to be a lot of confusion recently about when they were installed (judging from comments I've received from viewers, as well as conversations I've had).  I had also begun to forget the precise timing, but in watching the (carefully dated) videos I took  in 1990 and 1991, what's evident is that there were no automatic ticket gates in Tokyo in early 1990 (not in the places I went to in any case), and then later in the year they began installing them.  But while they began installing them in 1990, it wasn't until late 1991 that most of the city (the major stations anyway) had them.

Also, they weren't uniformly installed at each station as they were implemented.  For example, they were first installed at the south exit of Shinjuku Station, but the other exits of the station remained manually run for some time (months I think - the evidence is in the videos somewhere!) after the south exit gates went automatic.

1991 - Ikebukuro (East Side) Walkabout 池袋 東口散策散歩 (911123n)

Fukuda Akio 福田璋夫 Woodblock Print Exhibition 木版展示会 (131128)

I've always been attracted to and interested in the old woodblock prints of Japan, so I found this to be a really fascinating exhibition (of new woodblock prints made with traditional techniques).  The artist explained the historically and artistically interesting process in some detail for me (and the camera).  It's in Japanese, but even if you don't understand the language, much of the process can be understood just from carefully watching, as he points to the areas on the actual wood blocks he hand carved and the printed results on washi-paper.  If you're interested in woodblock prints and the techniques involved, you may well want to see this one.

Thinking back, there was something he told me that I think might not be in this video - specifically, the way the paper must be kept a little damp, from the beginning of the process to the end, for two reasons.  One is that ink isn't absorbed well by dry paper (leading to uneven coloring) and the other is to keep the *size* of the paper the same, as paper shrinks when it dries.  (The reason it's important that the paper size not change during the multi-plate printing process is for registration purposes.)

中央線特別快速 三鷹駅-中野駅 Chuo Line Special Rapid - Mitaka to Nakano (131128)

Shinjuku to Ebisu Left Side View 新宿駅-恵比寿駅 左側の風景 (131128)

Yoshikawa Kiyoshi 吉川潔 (A) Exhibition at Ginza Hakko 木の香 (131128)

Yoshikawa Kiyoshi 吉川潔 (B) Exhibition at Ginza Hakko 木の香 (131128)

Former Under-Bridge Area in Ginza 銀座元橋の下 (131128)

Tokyo Station Yaesu Side Construction Zone Etc 東京駅八重洲口 工事など (131128)

Trains Arriving at Kawagoeshi Station (Tobu-Tojo Line) 川越市駅電車 東武東上線 (131127)

Autumn Woods 秋の森 (131127)

End-to-End Cabs on Tobu-Tojo Line 東武東上線社内部分 (131127)

Chuo Line Window View on Way to Mitaka 中央線窓風景 三鷹駅向かう (131128)

Ginza - Old Wooden Izakaya Area 銀座木造居酒屋 (131128)

I don't think this area is long for this world - in fact, when I saw construction a block over, I at first thought it had already been eaten by the Godzilla construction industry, causing me to think "I wish I had recorded it in more detail while it was still there..." and then I walked over a block and "Oh! - There it is!  It *is* still there!", so I immediately acted on the urge to record it before GCI gets it.

1991 - Ikebukuro to Tabata (Yamanote Line) 池袋駅-田端駅 山手線 (911123)

1991 - Tabata Walkabout 田端駅辺り散策散歩 (911123)

1991 - Tabata to Ikebukuro 田端駅-池袋駅 山手線 (911123)

1991 - Ikebukuro Brief Stroll 池袋ちょっとした散歩 (911123)

1991 - Ikebukuro to Shinjuku (Saikyo Line) 池袋駅-新宿駅 (911123)

1991 - 新宿花園神社の酉の市 Shinjuku Hanazonojinja Torinoichi Festival (911123)

This is a fairly long video (about 20 minutes), that gets off to a slow start as I slowly walk within a slow crowd towards a shrine during a festival, but has some interesting scenes in the thick of it later on, watching people buying things from stalls on the grounds of the shrine.

1991 - Shinjuku to Shibuya (Yamanote Line) 新宿駅-渋谷駅 山手線 (911123)

1991 - Shibuya Evening Walkabout 渋谷夕方散策散歩 (911123)

1991 A Friends Apartment 友達のマンション 911124

This is a good example of one of the nicer apartments in Tokyo, which my friend's company was paying for.  (The apartments I've lived in have been smaller and of a rather different design.)  The overseas corporate people tend to have it nice while they're here....

1991 Early Morning YukigayaOtsuka 朝早くの雪谷大塚町 日曜日 911124

1991 Gotanda to Meguro ll Yamanote Line 五反田駅 目黒駅 山手線 911124

[File name note: I wanted a "-" between "Meguro" and "Yamanote" (Meguro - Yamanote), but YouTube performed an auto-filename-mutate function on the name and wouldn't allow me to fix the broken result, so - in desperation - I put the "ll" there to take the place of the eradicated "-".]

1991 Shibuya to Gotanda ll Yamanote Line 渋谷駅 五反田駅 山手線 911123

1991 Yamanote to Ikegami Transfer at Gotanda 山手線 池上線乗り換え 五反田駅で 911123

1991 YukigayaOtsuka to Gotanda ll Ikegami Line 雪が谷大塚駅 五反田駅 東急池上線 911124

These two videos (above and below) show much of the Ikegami Line in some detail - one at night, and the other in daylight.

1991 五反田駅ー雪が谷大塚駅 東急池上線 Gotanda to YukigayaOtsuka ll Ikegami Line 911123

1991 五反田駅散策散歩 東急池上線とJR線 Gotanda Station Walkabout 911124

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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