Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“Into the Warmth of a Cold Night”

Arctic chill in the castle
So I venture forth
Into the warmth of a cold night
To buy a Christmas Eve Dinner
Under the strangely warm glare
Of florescent tubes

A stranger's smile
Brings me back to humanity

In a cold park
I have my Christmas Eve dinner
With the dark night
As my convivial companion
I toast distant friends across oceans
With my can of cold beer

Happy Holidays my Friends
Thank you for being there

All I can do...
All we can do
Is our best....

Lyle H Saxon
December 24th, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Looking for a New Movie to Watch...

I haven't been watching new movies for several years now, so I got on-line and watched several previews (trailers).  The result is that I seem to only want to watch some combination of romance and or comedy.  The Bang!-Bang!-Bang!, Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! movies leave me feeling like I've stumbled back into my old high school days or something.  Here are the previews I watched and made a quick note about so I can make a list of things to watch.  The comments (in most cases) are based solely on watching the preview, without having read anything about the movie:

The Color of Time
Man goes back to old hometown and meets complicated current reality and complicated past, etc.  Personal mystery/adventure/discovery - sentimentality?  Seems like it might be interesting...

The Councilor - Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz
Looks like it could be interesting - cool people, bad people, destruction, death.

Palo Alto
Story about High School Life - Teenage pathos/adventure/discovery/danger/etc.  Looks kind of interesting - probably a little uncomfortable to watch (complicated memories of a complicated time...)

Before I Disappear
Druggie guy gets call to go pick up niece.  Unlikely meeting of souls takes places.  Looks like an interesting movie from the trailer....

Suburban Gothic
Comedy Horror movie... No Thanks.  I mean... it looks like it's a funny movie actually, but I really don't like horror movies, not even good ones!

The Lookalike
Dead woman - leading to search for lookalike to carry out some dangerous task.  Hmm... maybe interesting....

Miss Meadows
Sweet woman elementary school teacher is ba*a*s vigilante killer in her free time.  Hmm....

Space Station 76
Science fiction comedy - from trailer looks like retro-60's movie?  I get the feeling I might find it simultaneously amusing and irritating to watch...

The Prince
Bruce Willis action-revenge movie (what else?) in the “Die-Hard” mold it seems.  Maybe good Bang!-Bang! movie to see.  Action, cars banging into each other, chases, people killing each other, etc.  [sigh/laugh]

The Protector 2
Huh... I hadn't heard of the first one.  Looks like a new version of the Jackie Chan series.  At my age, maybe not something I'm all fired up to see.

Reach Me
Self-help book at center of various people's adventures.  Looks like it might be interesting.

Dying of the Light
Nicolas Cage as CIA guy going on revenge trip.  Violence, action, adventure, etc.  In light of the actual deteriorating state of the world - maybe profoundly depressing to watch....  I think I'll pass on this one.

Will Smith in Big Job con job movie.  Hmm..  Might be interesting.  Bang-bang, zoom-zoom, wow-wow....

Furious 7
Cars!-Cars!-Cars! - Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! - So this is the 7th one in the series?  Oookayyy... can't deny it looks entertaining, but at my age I think I'd end up rolling my eyes at lines written for high school students?  Not sure... probably should watch one to see how it plays.

Story of perseverance - and not breaking.  From the trailer, the scenes - in a modern movie - of WW-II POW situations in Asia... I wonder how accurate this trans-Pacific story can be?  So many before it (most) have got it wrong in one way or another.  Understanding another culture is not actually an easy thing to do - add in time and you're nearly guaranteed nine parts fiction for every one part that actually matches (somewhat) what it's supposed to match.

Fifty Shades of Grey
Huh... OK, a 2015 version of the 1986 movie “9½ Weeks” - this time with helicopters, etc.  I remember when watching “9½ Weeks” in 1986, a scene with a CD being pulled automatically into a CD player seemed futuristic.  Time flies...  //  I looked up 9½ Weeks and see the character's name was “Gray”!  Ha-ha!  So is that what the “Grey” in “Fifty Shades of Grey” is?  Just a coincidence you say?  Yeah, okay, sure, whatever....

If I Were You
Two women decide to tell each other how to live their lives.  Comedy, maybe funny....

Looks like a fun comedy movie.  Trailer got me smiling, can't be all bad.  Think I'll check this one out.

City of Angels
Saw this one before.  Good movie.  Romantic... not comedy, but a romantic movie.  Liked it before - think I'd like to see it again.  (It's an old movie, BTW.)

After spending all this time in Japan, I'm reluctant to see Hollywood movies that feature Japan at any point in history, as they tend to get it wrong, but this looks like it might... might be interesting....  The story line (from what I gather from the preview) revolves around a man coming to Japan to acquire material and/or know-how for silk production.  I seem to recall reading about some actual event like that happening historically, although I thought it took place in China, not Japan?  (I need to look that up when I get time.)

The Cobbler
Looks like a fun comedy to see!  Cobbler discovers magic machine in the basement that makes shoes that transform the wearer into the original owner of the shows.... 2015?  It's still 2014!  Guess I'm going to have to wait for this one.

The Longest Week
Romantic comedy about rich playboy that gets cut off from his rich family's money supply.  Looks like it might be entertaining.

Third Person
Oh... now this definitely looks interesting.  Writer overseas getting mixed up in things....  A movie for people beyond the young student stage of life.  (I was about to say it was an “adult movie” when I realized that term has been taken already to represent something entirely different - age-restricted movies for adolescents....).

Well - that's what I have for now.  I like movies, but haven't been watching many of them for some time now.  What I've found in the past, is that actually makes me easy to please in a way (movie-wise)... in spite of what my comments above may indicate!  What I remember from back when I rented a lot of movies, is that if you watch too many movies in too short a time, you get hyper-critical of them and can't just enjoy the story.  Maybe that's why there are so many Bang!-Bang!-Bang!, Zoom!-Zoom!-Zoom! movies - they aim to give you an adrenaline fix that bypasses thinking.  While you're waiting for the next Bang! or Zoom!, you stop thinking about the idiocy of the story line and lack of any intelligent content in the dialog....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Monday, December 08, 2014

Train Rider Vampires and Ginza Exhibitions

Transcribed from handwritten text:

2014/12/05 - [Onboard inbound train]

I've often complained about the recorded announcements in trains, but there is one aspect of them that is quite nice (or *can* be nice), and that is a consistent volume level.  I'm reminded of this by the train I'm currently riding in, in which the conductor is reading the announcements live (nice), but has (unfortunately) set the volume level so high that it's actually physically painful to listen to (not so nice).

2014/12/05 - 16:40 - [Inbound Seibu-Shinjuku Line train]

I brought an audio recorder with me today.  As I put it in my pocket, I envisioned getting started on the walk to the station, and then talking on the station platform (while waiting for the train), etc.  It didn't happen.  The problem with dictating things outside, is you need at least a little bit of space between yourself and others, and that hasn't happened... yet.  I'm hoping to do some voice-writing later on.  Writing things by hand, as I am now, is wonderful, etc., but it takes so much time!

Incidentally - as I write - I'm continually having to stop and plug my ears to lower the volume of the announcement to a level that isn't painful.  It's too bad, because otherwise, the live announcement is actually pleasant to listen to.

The middle-aged woman sitting to my left... either she has exceptionally wide hips (possible) or likes being glued to me.  It feels quite unpleasant, so I suppose she's a vampire.  I say that in a joking way, but some people really do seem to suck energy out of the people they're near.  For example - the woman on my right has her elbow in my side, and there's no feeling of damage.  The woman on the left however... is a very different story!

Standing on the platform in Takadanobaba...  Not wide hips.  As I stood up, I checked her left side - lots of room between her and the guy on her left... so I suppose she's vampire.


Transcribed from audio recordings:

2014/12/07 15:40:33

December 6th, 2014 (at Takadanobaba Station)

It's a weird thing when it's crowded - if it's not very crowded and there are only a few people, everybody is self-conscious about what the other people are doing, but when you get past a certain level of people density, you just kind of tune everybody out and view them as physical obstacles - well, not obstacles, but objects to navigate between.  You can't pay attention to any individual for very long.

I'm in Takadanobaba Station now, heading for the exit closest to the BigBox building... a camera is watching me as I go out the gate....

I don't know if this is going to work or not, but one thing about this I just realized, is that I don't need to describe sound effects, because the sounds are in the background automatically.

As I walk out of Takadanobaba Station, I see seasonal illumination out on the pedestrian traffic island, with the usual crowd of students there milling about - many of them probably from Waseda University.

The problem with dictation is that at some point, I have to sit down, listen to this, and type it up, which really sucks.  I'll have to see if I can get a program to put recorded voice into text.  The technology exists of course, but I don't personally have it....

Well, let me play this back and see if it's working OK.

December 6th, 2014 (walking into subway)

And we're rolling again...  I just realized something else nice about recordings.  In this day and age, people are becoming hyper-sensitive to cameras, which is ironic, because basically no one has any privacy any more anyway, since every time they go outside, their every move is being recorded by security cameras.  With a voice recorder though, you can *describe* situations that you couldn't take photos of.

December 6th, 2014 (making transfer at Nihonbashi from Tozai Line to Ginza Line)

I'm in the middle of making a transfer from the Tozai Line to the Ginza Line at Nihonbashi... I've got to get used to the idea that I can be dictating while I'm walking around.  And the sound effects!  I don't know why I didn't think of that before!  Come to think of it... one of the things that has repeatedly surprised me when watching old videos I took, is how the sound is often more important than the pictures for bringing back old memories.  So much is in the sound...

[Back to the present as I transcribe the recording: I then go on to talk about the sounds in the background, but it's kind of pointless to transcribe that when all you can experience right now is this text.  Maybe someday I'll put together a CD with these recording on it.]

In Nihonbashi, by the Tokyo Square Garden Building...

In Kyobashi... standing in front of Gallery.b.Tokyo... the exhibition there now is: Moteki Tamana (茂木たまな展) - let's have a look...

I'm now standing in the gallery and I've received permission to make a recording while I'm standing here.  There are two pictures in particular I'm really interested in - there's one that I told the artist kind of reminded me of the set for Blade Runner.  She didn't seem to agree with that, so I pointed out that actually the scenes in that movie are based on Tokyo... but anyway, apparently the painting that I like is based on one of the back streets in Ueno.

It's pretty cool... it's very realistic in feeling and has kind of a dreamy quality to it with no hard edges... but very realistic in capturing the atmosphere and feeling of those Ueno back streets.

On the other side of the room there's a painting that's kind of a blur of motion - depicting a busy train station.  It's an interesting thing, because when you're in a busy station, anything you look hard at is in focus, but everything is always in motion, and so as a whole, it's kind of a big blur in a way, and you can't spend much time looking at any one thing.  As in real life, the people in the foreground are clearer, but still their faces are not clear enough to identify.  It actually seems like that when you're navigating through a station like Tokyo, Shinjuku, Ueno, etc.  While you *could* take a hard look at someone walking by you (going the other way), that would take away from instantaneous navigation duties and so usually you don't really see anyone - even the people who are right by you.

So - again - the picture is very realistic in feeling and atmosphere, and dreamy in the details.  A very cool combination of a clear atmosphere and a dreamy effect.

At Tokyo Station... on one of the Yamanote (and Keihin-Tohoku) Line platforms, waiting for a Yamanote Line train.  Hmm... now I've pulled out the audio recorder, the machine is kind of standing between me and the atmosphere, but before I pulled it out....

Anyway - what prompted me to want to comment was the vibrancy of the city, with people rushing around, trains coming and going, constant motion, etc.  This actually ties in with the painting I saw earlier in the evening at Gallery.b.Tokyo - the dreamy quality of the painting is pretty close to the overall effect.  If you stop and focus on something, you can see it, but it's within a constant sea of motion, so there's no one point (in time or location) where you can take everything in.  It's pretty cool actually.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

1990 Ueno, Tamachi, Shinjuku, Etc.; 2014 Ginza, Shinjuku, Etc.

This batch opens with views of 1990 Ueno Ameyokocho - an area that visually *looks* quite similar today, but *feels* a bit different.  The area has become a little more of a tourist destination for foreign tourists, and a little less of a shopping destination for local residents.  Or at least that's how it seems to me - I could be wrong.
After that is a trip to Omiya, trips to Tamachi, Machida, Shinjuku, Machida, etc.  Thinking back on this period of video recording, I think I had separated the use of the two cameras I had into using the one this batch was recorded with for daily around town stuff, and the other (newer and better) camera for video recording expeditions.

1990 上野のアメ横丁 Ueno Ameyokocho 900921

1990 上野駅と上野駅辺り Ueno Station and Station Area 900921

1990 大宮駅の見回り Omiya Station Look-around 900921

1990 大宮散策散歩 Omiya Walkabout 900921

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-田町駅 朝の通勤 Hibarigaoka to Machida Morning Commute 901001

1990 田町駅から仕事まで歩く Walking to Work in Tamachi 901001

1990 忙しくない月曜日 Slow Work Day in Tamachi 901001

1990 夕方田町 Evening Tamachi 901001

1990 Tamachi Rail Ticket Office 901001

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901002

1990 田町駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tamachi to Hibarigaoka 901001

1990 新宿彼方此方 Shinjuku Walkabout 901002

1990 夜西新宿から新宿駅まで散歩 Night Walk to Shinjuku Station 901002

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901002

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901003

1990 Shinjuku Sky Angles 新宿角度空 901003

1990 小田急新宿駅 Odakyu-Shinjuku Station 901003

1990 新宿駅-町田駅 Shinjuku to Machida 901003

1990 町田駅辺り一見 Machida Station Area Quick Look 901003

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901003

The following few views are basically the same category as the previous batch from 24 years ago in 1990.  Comparing how it felt to record video in 1990 with how it feels now in 2014, there was a novelty to it in 1990 and now it's just an ordinary thing....

飯田橋駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 Iidabashi to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 141003

元万世橋駅-神田駅 中央線 Manseibashi to Kanda - Chuo Line 141003

The Sound of Crickets Singing Away at Kanda Station 141003

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line FC-View 141003

大塚駅の山手線 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Otsuka 141004

And back to around town views - again showing Tamachi, Shinjuku, Hibarigaoka, etc.

1990 Tamachi Overcast Morning 朝の田町 901004

1990 Tamachi Late Afternoon 午後の田町 901004

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 901004

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 Tamachi to Shinjuku 901004

1990 夕方新宿駅南口から西新宿へ Evening Walk Into Nishi-Shinjuku 901004

1990 夜の西新宿から新宿駅まで Nishi-Shinjuku to Shinjuku Station 901004

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 901004

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 901005

1990 新宿駅南口隣のお昼の様子 Noontime View of Shinjuku South Exit Street 901005

1990 Odakyu Shinjuku Station 小田急新宿駅ホームの様子 901005

And then the rest of the views in this batch of video views are all from 2014.  I've been busy this past month+ and so some time has passed since taking them (over a month!).  Ideally, I'd like to comment on these soon after taking them, or at least watch them again before commenting, but I really don't have the time at the moment to do that.

高田馬場駅隣土曜日お昼の様子 Takadanobaba Afternoon Stationside Scene 141004g

有楽町駅-品川駅 雨の山手線 Yurakucho to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140925

Arriving at Ochanomizu on the Chuo Line 中央線 総武線 御茶ノ水駅 140926

Quick 360 on a Tokyo Station Platform 東京駅ホーム360度 140926

田町駅-品川駅 左側の山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140926

中村千代展 Nakamura Chiyo Exhibition - Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 140926

駒込駅隣の360度 Afternoon Komagome Station Area 360 140930

駒込駅の山手線 Waiting for the Yamanote Line at Komagome Station 140930

西日暮里駅-上野駅 山手線の右側 Nishi-Nippori to Ueno - Yamanote Line 140930

御徒町駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Okachimachi to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 140930

Rattling Vertical Signs in Akihabara 秋葉原電気街 140930

Although this was taken back in September(!), I remember this one very clearly.  I was in Akihabara when I noticed an unusual rattling sound and looked up - discovering the source of the sound to be the many metal rollers inside the vertical metal frames for vertical display banners - being pushed back and forth in the metal frames by a fairly strong wind.

They used to have more of these on building sides, but they're much less common now.  Outside billboard-style advertising in general is becoming less and less common, since people are walking around looking down at their cell-phone-computer screens all the time and hardly ever bother to look around when they're outside.

夕暮れの西新宿 元淀橋 Twilight Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll 140930g

新宿工事現場 ホームの様子 Shinjuku Construction Symphony of Noise 141002g

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 141002

Akihabara Plaza 360 秋葉原広場360度 141002

Kawase Kazuyo A 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003

Kawase Kazuyo B 河瀬和世展示会 和紙の世界-V2 Exhibition at Art Space Rondo 141003

駒込駅 夜ホームの様子 Nighttime Komagome Station Platform 141003

Yamanote Line Train Arriving Behind Platform Wall 山手線 高田馬場駅 141007

Akihabara Side Street 秋葉原横道 141007

Looking Up and Down Late Afternoon Platform at Akihabara Station 秋葉原駅 141007

秋葉原駅で総武線電車が遣って来る Sobu Line Trains at Akihabara 141007

大崎駅の夕暮れ電車など Twilight Trains Passing Osaki Station 141009

Twilight Osaki Residential Towers 夕暮れの大崎 141010

Yurakucho Evening Street 夕方有楽町の道 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (ア) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (イ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (ウ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

堀越千秋展示会 (エ) Horikoshi Chiaki Exhibition at Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 141010

Una Lee Exhibition at Ginza Art Space Rondo ウナ・リー展示会 銀座アートスペース・ロンド 141010

In this view (above), the artist briefly explains a couple of her paintings.

横山光伸展示会 (ア) Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 141010

横山光伸展示会 (イ) Yokoyama Mitsunobu Exhibition アートギャラリー石 141010

Asphalt Desolation 141010

With high-rise towers now being the standard form of new construction in Tokyo, there appears to be a requirement to have a certain amount of green that goes with each tower, so areas with no plant life whatsoever like this desolate late-night view are becoming rare (fortunately!).

有楽町ガード下の居酒屋 Yurakucho Under-Tracks-Izakaya 141010

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010

Yurakucho Autumn Street Izakaya 有楽町秋道居酒屋 141010

有楽町ガード下スタンドバー居酒屋ストリートシーン Yurakucho-SB 141010

有楽町駅-東京駅 金曜日の夜十時山手線 10PM Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote 141010

Chuo Line Arriving at Kunitachi Station 国立駅に中央線が遣って来る 141010

Train Race to Shibuya 渋谷駅まで 山手線の隣 141011

渋谷駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン Train Race with Yamanote Line from Shibuya 141011

大崎何とか祭り Walkway Event in Osaki 141011

Halloween Exhibition and Performance Art at Ginza Forest Gallery 141021

Interesting Visitors at Art Space Rondo 銀座アートスペース ロンドの不思議の客様 141021

夕方新宿駅 Evening Shinjuku Station 141021

Welding Light Show in Nighttime Shinjuku 新宿南口 夜の工事現場 141021

新宿東口の夜道散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Night Walkabout 141021

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Riding Past Former Shinagawa Rail Yards in October 2014 (141017)

Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi 東西線 日本橋駅のホーム 141017

西武新宿線の夜高田馬場駅ホーム Seibu-Shinjuku Line Takadanobaba Station 141017

夜の秋虫音 Insect Noises at Night 141017

Narrow Stairs 141021

有楽町駅夕方ホーム Evening Yurakucho Station Platform View 141014

新宿駅夕方ホーム Evening Shinjuku Station Platform View 141014

新宿駅南口前の様子 Shinjuku South Exit Night Sidewalk Scene 141014n

新宿駅南口の夜 Shinjuku Station Night South Side Quick Look-Around 141014n

Shinjuku South Side Pedestrian Overpass Look-Around 新宿南口の夜 141014

Shinjuku Southern Terrace at Night - Installing End-of-Year Lighting 141014

Riding Chuo Line into Kanda Station 中央線 神田駅 141017

Yamanote Line Platforms at Kanda - Early Stage of Platform Wall Construction 141017

有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141017

秋葉原駅山手線ホームの様子 Akihabara Station Platform View 141021

神田駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Kanda to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 141021g

Shinkansen Trains Passing Yurakucho 夕方新幹線が有楽町駅を通る 141021g

Boarding Train in Shinjuku 141023

神田駅の電車 Watching Trains at Kanda Station 141024

Keio Line Side Window View 京王線 141025

Hachioji Station Elevated Plaza 八王子駅前広場 141025

Twilight 141025

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 141023

夜の大崎 Nighttime Osaki 141023

Osaki Escalator Ride 大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター 141023g

飯田橋駅-神田駅 中央線各駅と快速 Iidabashi to Kanda - Chuo Line Local and Rapid 141024

有楽町駅-浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141024

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141024

日本橋の夜 Nighttime Nihonbashi 141024

Waiting for a Train at Keio-Takao Station 141025

高尾駅-狭間駅 京王線 Takao to Hazama - Keio Line 141025

北野駅ホームの様子 京王線 Kitano Station Platform View 141025

北野駅-京王八王子駅 京王線 Kitano to Keio-Hachioji - Keio Line 141025

The timing for this video was good and after pulling out of the station at the same time as the train on the other platform (and briefly running in parallel) a JR train comes alongside and then while passing under another JR line, a train is going by overhead while we pass underneath.  All in all, it was  a great ride for seeing other trains.

Twilight Akihabara Streets 夕暮れの秋葉原の道 141028

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141031

西武新宿線の窓情景 Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 141101

Seibu-Shinjuku Line Window View 西武新宿線の窓情景 左側 141101

池袋駅東口前 雨の日 Ikebukuro Rainy Day Sidewalk on East Side 141101

練馬駅-保谷駅 西武池袋線 Nerima to Hoya - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101

保谷駅-清瀬駅 西武池袋線 Hoya to Kiyose - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 141101

所沢駅ホームの様子 Tokorozawa Station Platform View 141101

夕方東京駅内 Evening Tokyo Station 141028

東京駅八重洲口夜散策散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side - Night Walkabout 141028

夜の高田馬場駅 Nighttime Takadanobaba Station 141028

西武高田馬場駅 夜ホームの様子 Evening Seibu Takadanobaba Platform View 141028

西武新宿線の夜窓ビュー 高田馬場駅-鷺ノ宮駅 Seibu-Shinjuku Line Night Window View 141028

東村山駅で西武拝島線を乗る Boarding Seibu-Haijima Line at Higashi-Murayama Station 141028

Evening Train Arriving at Osaki 夕方列車が大崎駅に到着 141030

新宿駅中央線ホームからの左右の様子 Shinjuku Chuo Line Platform Left-Right View 141030

Osaki Station Area Night Walkway 大崎駅へ向かう 141031

大崎駅辺り東側夜見回り Osaki Station Area - East Side Look-Around 141031

大崎夜回る情景など Osaki Spinning Night View Etc 141031

大崎駅夜山手線ホーム Osaki Station Night Yamanote Platform 141031

山手線が大崎駅に遣って来る Yamanote Line Arriving at Osaki 141031

有楽町金曜日の夜 駅辺り Yurakucho Friday Night 141031

夜の有楽町スタンドバー辺り Yurakucho-SB - Passing Night Train 141031

有楽町駅の方に走るなど Elevated Keihin-Tohoku Line at Yurakucho Etc 141031

東西線車内移動 早稲田駅-高田馬場駅 Evening Tozai Line Interior 141028g

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Teaching/Learning English

Verbal communication - not the same as written.  Superb writers are often poor speakers; and smooth talkers often can't write properly....

Context - very often missing from general studies of a foreign language.

Logistics - Verbal communication best taught one-to-one - there is only so much a teacher can do when the ratio is 35-1.

Deep-Brain Automatic Responses - Necessary for true communication, but largely missing with students of a radically different language - such as between eastern and western languages.

Vocabulary - Not exchangeable on a word-by-word basis, but this fluid concept takes a lot of time to sink in.

Foundation of Basic Grammar - Important, but difficult to mesh smoothly with the moving and imperfect targets that languages are.

Group Repeat - Logistically useful, but many in a large group fail to get it right or even to participate.

A-B-A-B-A-B Chain Practice - Maximum speaking time for students (outside of pair work that is), but with the drawback that the students are talking with each other and not with a native speaker (who can, however, correct pronunciation and intonation while monitoring the conversation practice as it progresses through a group of students - best not much larger than about 15.  (Around six or seven students is much better of course.)

Teacher and Student One-to-One Practice - Opportunity for students to speak directly with/to a native speaker, but with the drawback that students can only practice half of a conversation at a time.

Reading - Reading stories and other interesting material that is.  Textbooks are often clinical and devoid of the magic of interesting conversations.

Listening - Fairly easily done with modern technology (electronic files played back on cell phones, etc.), but students need to push on even when much of what they're listening to is (at first) flying by with little comprehension.

Pair Practice - Logistically wonderful in that a large group can all be practicing a language simultaneously, but dangerous in that the students don't fully know if what they're doing is accurate in content, pronounced correctly, or with sensible intonation.

Culture - Vitally important, but often missing from textbooks which tend to use Frankenstein text with the context and life stripped from it.

Reset-Return to Pre-Word Thinking - Non-Verbal Pure Thought Utilization of Target Language Vocabulary - Words, at their best, are clumsy tools to express non-verbal thought processes.  Non-comprehension of this vital element of language and communication (not the same thing) leads to losing the meaning and then mechanically using words, resulting in nonsensical usage and sophistry.  Ironically, this is more of an issue for native speakers of English than foreign students of the language....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

"Passing On the Dim Torch" (Ranting...)

I remember when I was in my mid-twenties (23-26), I would see an older person (40's, 50's, etc.) and think "You're on the way down - now it's my turn...".  Fast forward three decades and I'm (in my fifties) having some very frustrating/irritating encounters with people in their mid-twenties.  Whether they're right or they're wrong, they are always (to themselves) Right by virtue of being Wonderful and Young.  When they're right, I try to recognize it and kind of shake my head at myself, thinking: "Try not to be too rigid...", but when they are Very Clearly Wrong, their arrogance and General Nastiness are no joy to behold.

The older I get, the more amazed I am at how Truly Amazingly Stupid so many people are, and - being a humanoid biped myself, I realize I'm not exempt from this criticism.  Humans appear not to be equipped with much in the way of CPU power....

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, September 28, 2014

1990 Kanda, Shinjuku, Machida, Etc.; 2014 Shinjuku, Osaki, Ginza, Etc.

Views of 1990 and 2014.  The 1990 views are basically a 1990 version of taking video here and there while going about the city for other reasons, so there are a lot of central Tokyo views.  The 2014 videos include views of Ueno Park, the large pedestrian overpass at Ueno Station, Ginza, etc.  (The photos this time, by the way, are fairly random - some related to nearby video links and some unrelated.)
1990 日本橋のさびしい雨道 Lonely Rainy Streets in Nihonbashi 900917

1990 神田駅西口通り商店街 夜の神田駅辺り Kanda Station Area at Night 900917

1990 夜の神田駅 改札口からホームまで Nighttime Kanda Station 900917

1990 神田駅-池袋駅 夜の山手線 Kanda to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 900917

1990 池袋駅で山手線-西武池袋線の乗り換え JR-Seibu Ikebukuro Transfer 900917

1990 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka at Night 900917

1990 The Map あの時の使った地図 900919

A look at the map I started the Around Tokyo video project with - marking areas I'd videotaped by highlighting them in yellow.  I'm not sure what became of this map - it's probably sleeping in a box somewhere.
1990 Hibarigaoka - East Side View ひばりが丘東側の風景 900919

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 900919

1990 池袋駅 西武線-JR線の乗り換え Seibu to JR Transfer at Ikebukuro 900919

1990 池袋駅=新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900919

1990 新宿東口散策散歩 Shinjuku East Side Walkabout 900919

新宿駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線左側風景 Shinjuku to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 140827

大崎駅-新宿駅 湘南新宿ライン宇都宮線直通快速 Osaki to Shinjuku - SNSLUCK 140906

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki 140828g
新宿駅埼京線ホームから隣の工事現場と通る電車の様子 Shinjuku 140828

御茶ノ水駅-秋葉原駅 総武線 Ochanomizu to Akihabara - Sobu Line 140827

1990 思い出横丁夜の様子 1990 Shinjuku Omideyokocho Walk-through 900918

1990 夜西新宿 駅までの散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walk to Shinjuku Station 900918

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900918

1990 西新宿散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout - Old Wooden Houses and Skyscrapers 900918

夜の国分寺駅隣のタクシー乗り場 Taxis by Kokubunji Station at Night 140909s

夜の中央線が新宿駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140909s

Shinjuku Station South Exit Night Scene 新宿駅の夜南口360度 140909s

上野公園の工事 Construction in Ueno Park 140909s

上野公園の工事 横 Construction in Ueno Park - Side View 140909s
東京都美術館前の様子 Approaching the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art 140909s

上野公園の中 緑と空とパンダのポスト Ueno Park - Green と Sky と Panda Mailbox 140909s

夕方上野公園内の横断歩道の見回り 360-View in Ueno Park 140909s

夕方上野公園から上野駅公園口に向かう Walking Towards Ueno Station from Ueno Park 140909s

上野駅隣夕暮れ見回り Twilight 360-Look Beside Ueno Station 140909s

Twilight Look Down at Ueno Station Platforms Etc 夕暮れの上野駅の上 140909s

上野駅から出発 山手線 Departing Ueno via Yamanote Line 140909s

夕暮れの大崎駅隣 Beside Twilight Osaki Station 140828

秋の音 虫たちの駅隣コンサート Autumn Insect Noises Near Night Platform 140902

Boarding Yamanote Line Train - Somewhere 山手線 140904

夏と秋の虫音 Summer and Autumn Insect Noises Combined 140905g

山手線の車両と車両の間の風音 Wind Noise Between Cars on Yamanote Line 140828

This was taken specifically for the audio track - which caught some of the whistling sound made by air going through the train when accelerating and decelerating - making the noise via a gap between a closed door and the door frame.
Entranceway of Old Building in Ginza 140904

大崎駅 湘南新宿ラインが遣って来る Train Speeding into Station at Osaki 140906g

Evening Rainy View Beside Osaki Station 大崎駅隣の夕方雨の様子 140828

Hallways of Old 1932 Building 1932年のビルの通路 140904g

Seibu Train Arriving at Ogawa 西武線が小川駅に遣って来る 140906

大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Otsuka to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 140902
朝の秋葉原駅ホームの様子 Morning Platform at Akihabara Station 140904

大崎駅近くの大道路 Major Road Near Osaki Station 140904

Conference Room 会議室 140828

Boarding Yamanote Line at Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅で山手線を乗る 140906

夜遅く新宿駅の中央線 Waiting for Late Night Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku 140905n

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 140905

高田馬場駅-目白駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Mejiro - Yamanote Line 140902g

山手線が遣って来る 秋葉原駅 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Akihabara 140904

東京駅-四ッ谷駅 夜の中央線 Tokyo to Yotsuya - Chuo Line Reflections 140902
夜の新宿 思い出横丁辺り Shinjuku Omoideyokocho Area at Night 140902

武蔵小金井駅の夜ホームの様子 Musashikoganei Station Night Platform View 140828

1990 西新宿の古い木造家 Old Wooden Houses in Nishi-Shinjuku 900918

I'm fairly certain that the old wooden houses shown in this 1990 view are now gone and they put up office towers in their stead.

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900919

1990 エスカレーター無しの新宿駅階段 People Climbing Stairs in Shinjuku Rush 900919

Before they installed escalators at (nearly) all the stations in Tokyo, the sight of a wide staircase full of people walking up from the platforms was kind of a remarkable sight - looking somewhat like a flowing river.

1990 町田の喫茶店 Machida Quick View - Coffee Shop and Street 900919

1990 町田のちょっとした見回り Quick 360 Look of Machida 900919

1990 町田駅-新宿駅 小田急ロマンスカー Machida to Shinjuku - Odakyu Romance-Car 900919

At the time, due to the scheduling of the reserved-seat express trains, I tended to go from Shinjuku to Machida via Romance Car train (but not the other way), and it was always the first generation of the train that I rode, so this view stands out for two reasons.  First, I was going in the other direction, from Machida to Shinjuku, and it was a newer type of Romance Car.

1990 新宿駅南口のちょっとした見回り Quick 360 by Shinjuku South Entrance 900919

1990 新宿駅-町田駅 小田急ロマンスカー 学生など Shinjuku to Machida Via Romance-Car 900919

I stumbled into an unusual situation on September 19th, 1990 by arriving at the Romance Car platform just in time for the train, and then unwittingly boarding an extra section of the train that had been added specifically for a large group of traveling students.  Since the two parts of the train were separated by control cabs, it wasn't possible to (internally) go from one half to the other half, so I had to stay with the students all the way to Machida.  At the time, I regretted the mistake, but in retrospect, it was a lucky mistake, as it now provides a rare view of a group of 1990 high school students on a long-distance trip together.
1990 田町駅から歩いて仕事へ向かう Walking to Work from Tamachi Station 900920

1990 Late Evening Train Station Platform 900919

1990 宮原駅のお昼過ぎ Afternoon Miyahara Station 900919

1990 新宿駅-大宮駅-宮原駅 Shinjuku to Omiya to Miyahara 900919

1990 宮原駅夕方ラッシュ Evening Return Rush at Miyahara Station 900919

1990 上野アメ横丁散策 Ueno Ameyokocho Stroll 900921

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900920

1990 夕方田町駅 Evening Tamachi Station 900920

1990 新宿駅と電車と西新宿への散歩 Shinjuku Station と Trains と Nishi-Shinjuku 900920

1990 新宿駅までの夜散策散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900920

1990 町田駅-上野駅 Machida to Ueno 900921

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900920

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-町田駅 Hibarigaoka to Machida 900921
Very Quick View of Bookstore in Ueno Station 140916

Chuo Line Departing Tachikawa Station 立川駅の中央線が出発 140913

View of the Countryside in Saitama 東武東上線の左側窓風景 140915

Moe (ア) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (イ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (ウ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140912

Moe (オ) Umiushi Live Drawing at Art Space Rondo アートスペースロンド 140916

Yurakucho Plaza Quick-360 有楽町駅前広場360度 140911

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 140912
東武東上線の左側窓風景 Tobu-Tojo Line Window View 140915

Yurakucho Plaza After Rain 雨後有楽町駅へ向かう 140911

Yamanote Line Departing Tokyo Station 東京駅の山手線 140912

Departing Shinbashi Station - Yamanote Line 山手線が新橋駅から出発 140912

Strange Recording in Subway - Anti-Bird Maybe 140912

Another video taken primarily for the audio.  There was a strange sound coming from a speaker in the entrance passageway of a subway station, so I took this to record it.  I imagine it's to stop... pigeons(?) from using the passageway?
高田馬場駅 東西線の出発 Tozai Line Departing Takadanobaba Station 140912

Tozai Line Arriving at Nihonbashi 日本橋駅 東西線が遣って来る 140912

JR特急 反対向きの中央線からの様子 Reserved Seat Express Passing Chuo Line 140913

新型銀座線が末広町駅に到着 New Type Ginza Line Arrives at Suehirocho Station 140916

銀座奥野ビル501号室と廊下 Okuno Building Room-501 and Hallway 140919

歴史的なタイルとビル響く Polished Old Tiles and Cool Echoes in Old Building 140919

I didn't realize it at the time, but I heard soon after taking this view that this building is slated for demolition in the not too distant future.  I was prompted to take out my camera after looking down and being struck with how well maintained and clean the old type tile floor was (not small ceramic tiles, but the larger type, made of some mysterious material).  The tiles have been polished so often over decades (I think) that they have a sort of melted appearance in places where they have worn down.
Arimura Kana Exhibition 有村佳奈展示会 アートスペース羅針盤 Everyday Wonderland 140919

Maruyama Norio 丸山則夫 Photo Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 140919
新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 Shinjuku to Osaki SSLTCTK 140918
渋谷駅から新宿方面に向かう 元東急デパートの取り壊し Shibuya Construction 140918

大崎駅-渋谷駅 埼京線の右側 Osaki to Shibuya - Saikyo Line Right Side 140918g

神田駅空ホームの様子 Kanda Station Mostly Empty Platform 140918hd

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線FCビュー Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote FC View 140918hd

大井町線電車が遣って来る Approaching Oimachi Line Train 140926

Dual Trains at Kanda 山手線と京浜東北線同時に南へ 140925
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Sunday, August 31, 2014

1990 Shinjuku, Machida Etc.; 1992 Nogata Etc.; 1993 Tozai Line Etc.; 2014 Osaki, Ginza Etc. Etc.

There is material from four years in this batch - from 1990, 1992, 1993, and 2014.  Thinking of what to say right now regarding this batch, it all kind of blends together... so I'll just start going over them one-by-one and comment after some of them.  (Which I proceeded to do after writing the above, but ran out of time midway through the list, so nearly all the comments are at the top of this batch of video links.
東京駅暑い八月の山手線ホーム Tokyo Yamanote Platform-360 140805

An unusually relaxed atmosphere at a Tokyo Station platform on a hot August afternoon.  The period between the lunch rush and the evening rush is probably the most relaxed.

東京駅-新宿駅 夕方中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Evening Chuo Line 140805

I like the beginning of this one - looking back instead of forward as the train departs Tokyo Station.  At the beginning of the twilight period, there's are some glass reflections, etc. as well.  Incidentally, this is the only surface train that runs within the Yamanote Line - all other lines (in this area) are subways - so it's kind of a special section of track.

To be nit-picky, you could say that the local version of the train is a different line, but they run together within the Yamanote Line, save for a slight divergence between Ochanomizu and Akihabara, so....)
Evening Chuo Line Departing Shinjuku 新宿駅の夕方中央線 140805

Short summer view - with a man busy fanning himself while waiting for a different train than the one exiting the station in the video.

サロンど東京展 2014年8月_サマーアートフェスタ Ginza-One August Exhibition 140805

Quick look at a group exhibition in Ginza at the Ginza-One art gallery.

Evening Shinjuku Crosswalk 夕方新宿横断歩道 140805
Nighttime Ogawa Station Platform 夜小川駅ホームの様子 140805

A quiet late night platform out in suburbia.  When it's cold, there's an inpatient feeling of wanting the train to come as soon as possible, but when it's warm, you just kind of zone out and wait while daydreaming about something.

Jumping back to 1992...

1992 Tokyo Suburbs 東京住宅街 自転車とか 921010

A sunny Saturday look around in a few Tokyo suburbs visited by bicycle.  Nothing exciting, but it shows the mix of houses, apartment buildings, roads, some farmland, a small river, etc.

1992 上野動物園など Ueno Zoo Etc 921010

The title just says the zoo, but this also shows the trip from Hibarigaoka to Kanda, and then from Kanda to Ueno.  At about 0:41, the view out the window of the Yamanote Line shows empty land around (I think) Akihabara that used to be rail freight yards and has since been developed.  I think it's where the giant Yodobashi Camera store is now.  With this old material, it's sometimes hard to tell, as there are large gaps between things.  After the Yamanote Line views are views of Ueno Zoo, the monorail there, etc.

After the zoo (from about the 3:32 mark), are views of the small amusement park for children beside the zoo.  It's quite crowded and lively in this 1992 view.  The last time I went there (on a rather hot day) there were hardly any kids there at all.  The ever-lower birthrate really has changed the feel of the city.  You used to see a lot more kids out and about.  Come to think of it - the kids in this view from 22 years ago are some of the very people not having children now....

From around 4:56, I reenter Ueno Station and there are platform views (of the old type painted trains, etc.).

Going off topic a bit here.  I sometimes get complaints in the comment section of my YouTube videos saying that people want to see "uncut" views of things I've posted.  I think what they're not comprehending is that I always carried a camera back then and had a finite supply of (fairly expensive) tape to use.  Also the cameras were expensive, complicated, and forever breaking down.  When they were working and I had plenty of tape, there was the issue of Nickel-Cadmium batteries, whose life rapidly shortened over weeks of use.  They would start at a little over an hour of camera running time, and that would steadily shorten until they only provided five to ten minutes of power between charging.  To have enough power, I carried about six of them, so usually I didn't run out of power (once I had stocked up on enough batteries after running out of power too often in 1990).  Nickel-Cadmium batteries are heavy by the way, I did a number on my knees back then always carrying around that weight.  Anyway....

Wait... there's actually a reason that overshadows all of the stuff I wrote above!  Once material is digitized, it's fairly easy to edit, but back when I took this material, there was only analog!  The original tapes of the old material are not digital.  And when editing from tape to tape in analog, the quality degenerates rapidly.  Add in the wear and tear on the mechanically complicated equipment, and the result is that post production editing was no joke.  So I was trying hard to do in-camera editing.  Now it makes sense to over-record everything and edit it later (although what I post recently are unedited single clips), but back then, there was a strong incentive to have the material ready to view right out of camera - and thus I practiced in-camera editing.

1992 野方一丁目など Nogata Walkabout 921017

(After a train and bus ride) views of suburbia closer to the center of Tokyo.  Nogata is next to Nakano.  The look is pretty much the same as suburbia views back then in areas all over Tokyo.  Since then, development is a little more diverse, so there's a little more differentiation between different areas.

1992 夜の高円寺と阿佐ヶ谷など Koenji and Asagaya at Night Etc 921017

Depending on when I was recording views and sounds of Tokyo between 1990 and 1993, I tried different things - from leaving the camera on for continuous views, to a series of very short clips.  This almost seven minute video starts off with some fairly detailed views of evening streets near the Chuo Line, but towards the end includes short clips that I've left tacked onto this material, but don't fit into the flow of the first half of the video so well.  But, personally, I don't think that's an issue really - Tokyo provides so much visual and audible stimulation, that images kind of blur together in real life too.  There are some short train views in this as well.

1992 新宿駅-中野駅など Shinjuku to Nakano Etc 921022

1992 中野散策散歩 Nakano Walkabout 921022

1992 Random Views ランダムな眺め 色々 921022

This starts in a subway station, jumps to riding in a train, jumps to an evening view, jumps to a nighttime train ride... the camera was obviously just along for the ride and not the object of the trip....

1992 日曜日の池袋散策散歩など Sunday Ikebukuro Walkabout 921025

The places I recorded back then basically fell into one of two categories.  Either I just recorded things while I went about my routine (on the way to work, going home, etc.) or I went somewhere specifically to record the sights and sounds of an area.

I had a map back then that I would highlight the areas I had walked around in with my camera, and when I was going out for new pictures, I would aim for an area of Tokyo that I hadn't yet covered.  So, by 1992, I was beginning to cover some off-the-beaten-path areas, and this video of an area of Ikebukuro that I don't normally go to would fall into that category.

The early part of the video shows trains passing, etc., and feels like a photographer out looking for pictures instead of letting them find him, but it gets more interesting as I walked nearer to the station area.

1992 夜道とバスと電車など Night Streets Trains and Buses 921025

1992 光が丘 ある日曜日 One Sunday in Hikarigaoka 921101

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 921108

1992 バス ひばりが丘-三鷹駅 Bus Ride - Hibarigaoka to Mitaka 920823

The type of buses running now have changed, so these old bus views are nostalgic for me.  If you haven't ridden the buses back then, then they probably look about the same as buses everywhere.  The differences are in the details (bus stop recordings, wooden floors, etc.).

1992 三鷹駅-東秋留駅-五日市駅 Mitaka to Higashi-Akiru to Itsukaichi - Chuo Line 920823

August 23rd, 1992 - a Sunday.  I set off to see the mountainous areas of Tokyo.  This is a good travel video - with views on the Chuo Line as it rolls away from central Tokyo and the number of passengers decreases as I get closer to the mountains.  Views of the scenery rolling by - views of the relaxed scene inside the half-empty train car with the windows up, and ending with a view of the old Itsukaichi Station.

1992 五日市駅から山へのバス Mountain Bus Ride from Itsukaichi 920823

1992 山小川 東京西側 Mountain Stream in Western Tokyo 920823

1992 Short Mountain Bus Ride 山でバスを乗る 東京西側 920823

1992 山風景 東京西側 Western Tokyo Mountain Scenes 920823

1992 山中のドライブ 東京西側 Tokyo Mountains Car Ride 920823

I over-optimistically thought I would walk from one branch of the Chuo Line (the Itsukaichi Line) to another (the Ome Line), but fortunately, a nice family offered me a ride.  If they hadn't, I probably would have ended up spending the night on the mountain - without food or water.  It was a really stupid decision I made, but I was saved from my own stupidity by the kindness of strangers....

Note:  There would be much more to this video, but the driver had music playing most of the time and the record companies would likely attack me if I included those parts, so I've cut them out.

1992 山風景 ドライブ休憩所 Mountain Scenic Spots 920823

1992 夜の青梅駅辺り Nighttime Ome Station Area Walkabout 920823

1992 青梅駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Ome to Hibarigaoka - Night Trip 920823

1992 夜遅く新宿駅上の通路 Late Night Shinjuku Station Concourse 920823

1992 山水車 東京西側 Mountain Waterwheel 920823

1993 東京彼方此方 東西線など Tokyo Here and There - Tozai Line Etc 930706

There's a lot in this video, but - watching it again as I type this - part of it was exploring stations on the Tozai Line, and then I spent some time in Iidabashi, and then in Shinjuku, etc. etc.

By 1993, I was beginning to give up on taking video... the analog tapes were difficult to edit with the equipment I had, my cameras were breaking down, and I was spending more time taking regular pictures than video.  So in videos like this one, I would take a little here, and then a little there, but I wasn't attempting to record everything the way I did in 1990 and 1991 (1992 falls in-between those two modes).

All a long way of saying that there are so many places in this video, it's hard to identify them all.  The good thing about my 1993 material is that the camera handling is much smoother than in 1990, for example.

1993 ひばりヶ丘駅-駒込駅 Hibarigaoka to Komagome 930819

1993 新しい南北線 駒込駅など New Nanboku Line - Komagome 930819

1993 Main Road and Traditional Garden 大道路と庭 930819

1993 バス内 Bus Interior 930828

1993 昭和記念公園 Showa Memorial Park 930828

Going from 1993 to 1990.  In this batch of 1990 videos, there are a lot of scenes of Shinjuku - due to the fact I was working there at the time.

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅 雨の日 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku One Rainy Day 900828
1990 新宿駅辺りなど 雨の日 Rainy Day in Shinjuku 900828

1990 夜の新宿 散策散歩 Nighttime Shinjuku Walkabout 900828n

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka at Night 900828

1990 田町と田無と新宿など Tamachi と Tanashi と Shinjuku Etc 900830

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walking to Shinjuku Station at Night 900830

1990 田町お昼 立ち読みなど Lunchtime Tamachi Bookstore Readers Etc 900903

1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Walk to Tamachi Station 900903

1990 田町駅-東京駅 山手線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 900903

1990 東京駅から日本橋と銀座の散歩 Nihonbashi and Ginza Walkabout - From Tokyo Station 900903

1990 三越前駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 乗り換えなど Mitsukoshimae to Hibarigaoka - Transfers Etc 900903

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 900904
1990 池袋散策散歩 Ikebukuro Walkabout 900904

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 900904

1990 新宿散策散歩 Shinjuku Walkabout 900904

1990 新宿駅までの夜散歩 Walk to Shinjuku Station at Night 900904

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 夜の電車 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka - Night Trains 900904

1990 池袋駅-町田駅 山手線と小田急線 Ikebukuro to Machida - Yamanote and Odakyu Lines 900905

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 900905

1990 田町駅辺り朝の様子 仕事に向かう Tamachi Station Area - Walking to Work 900906

1990 芝四丁目散策散歩 Shiba Walkabout in 4-Chome 900906

1990 田町駅まで歩く Walk to Tamachi Station 900906

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinjuku - Yamanote Line 900906

1990 新宿夕方散策散歩 Shinjuku Evening Walkabout 900906

1990 新宿の夜 ビヤガーデンなど Nighttime Shinjuku - Beer Garden Etc 900906

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900906

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りと新宿駅辺りなど Hibarigaoka Station and Shinjuku Station 900908

1990 西新宿夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Stroll 900913

1990 西新宿夜散歩 Night Stroll to Shinjuku Station 900913

1990 Hotel Lobby Etc ホテルロビーなど 900913

1990 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 900913

1990 朝の通勤ラッシュ 池袋駅-田町駅 Morning Rush - Ikebukuro to Tamachi 900917
1990 田町駅までの夕方散歩 Evening Walk to Tamachi Station 900917

1990 田町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Tamachi to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 900917

1990 日本橋夕方散歩 Evening Walk Through Nihonbashi Area 900917

1990 日本橋駅-三越前駅 銀座線 Nihonbashi to Mitsukoshimae - Ginza Line 900917

And back to 2014... I would have take a lot more videos in August 2014, but in the heat, my clothes were soaked with sweat and so I couldn't use my pockets to hold my camera for fear of damaging it with the sweat.  Once the camera was in its case in my backpack, I took it out less than I ordinarily would.  And also... times have changed.  Conditions in the 21st century are that the better and more convenient the equipment gets, the harder it becomes to use it (for non-technical reasons).
夜の下り中央線内 Inside Late Night Outbound Chuo Line 140821n

新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン Shinjuku to Osaki - Shonan-Shinjuku Line 140821
暑い八月の夕方赤坂交差点 Hot Evening Intersection in Akasaka 140820

五反田駅で山手線を乗る Boarding Yamanote Line at Gotanda 140807

Under the Tracks in Yurakucho 線路の下 有楽町 140821

大崎駅ホームまでのエスカレーター Osaki Station Platform Escalator 140807

新宿駅-大崎駅 臨海線 Shinjuku to Osaki Rinkai Line 140814
溜池山王駅新型銀座線 New Type Ginza Line Trains at Tameike-Sanno Station 140820

暑い八月の秋葉原影 Akihabara Hot August Day Shadows 140819

田端駅-上野駅 山手線 Tabata to Ueno - Yamanote Line Train Race 140819

零時の東京駅内通路 Tokyo Station Midnight Concourse 140808

夜中の西国分寺駅 Middle of the Night Nishi-Kokubunji Station 140808

高田馬場駅 東西線が遣って来る Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba 140809

昭和七年ビルの通路 (ア) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809

昭和七年ビルの通路 (イ) Hallways of 1932 Building 140809

日本橋 地下モール通路に入る Entering Underground Mall in Nihonbashi 140814

Construction Site Grid by Shinjuku Station 新宿駅隣の工事現場 140814

新宿駅 臨海線が遣って来る Rinkai Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 140814

高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 140819

有楽町駅近くガードの下 Yurakucho Time Slip Zone View 140814

六義園の近く八月の虫コンサート August Sounds Sights Near Rikugien Gardens 140819

駒込駅-田端駅 山手線 Komagome to Tabata - Yamanote Line 140819

駒込駅 山手線が遣って来る Waiting for Yamanote Line Train at Komagome 140819
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