Sunday, February 23, 2014

1992 Koiwa, Shimokitazawa, Kichijoji, Toei Number-12 Line, Yotsuya, Etc.

This entire batch of videos was taken in 1992, with all (except the two taken in Australia in April) having been taken in February and March of that year.
1992 小岩駅-新宿駅 総武線 Koiwa to Shinjuku via Sobu Line 920201

1992 雪の新宿 Snowy Shinjuku 920201

Coincidentally, as I edited this video of snow in February 1992, there was snow falling in February 2014.  Just a normal thing for areas that always get snow, but Tokyo tends to get very little snow, so each time there's enough of a snowstorm to actually leave some snow on the grown for a few days, it's a bit of an event.

1992 新宿駅-日吉駅-雪ドライブなど Shinjuku to Hiyoshi, Hiyoshi Drive, 920201

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-下北沢駅 Hibarigaoka to Shimokitazawa 920208

1992 Shimokitazawa Walkabout 下北沢散策散歩 920208

These views of Shimokitazawa have come to look historical, now that they've moved the Odakyu Line underground and only the Inokashira Line remains on the surface.

1992年の下北沢駅 Shimokitazawa Station 1992 View 920208

1992 下北沢駅-吉祥寺駅 Shimokitazawa to Kichijoji 920208

1992 Kichijoji Walkabout 吉祥寺散策散歩 920208

1992 Kichijoji Evening Stroll 吉祥寺夜散策散歩 920208

1992 Chuo Line Night Train Trouble 中央線夜電車のトラベル 920208

The trains usually run on time, but things go wrong from time to time.  On the evening of February 8th, 1992, something went wrong on the Chuo Line and people ended up waiting a long time on platforms for the trains to get going again.  Since this was before general cell phone ownership, there were long lines to use public phones on the platform.

1992 Night Streets in Suburbia 夜中の寂しい道 920208

1992 東京彼方此方 練馬と中野など Tokyo Here and There 920214

1992 都営12号線 大江戸線 Toei Number-12 Subway Line Oedo Line 920215

Before they decided on the name "Oedo Line", they opened it with just four stations under the name Toei Number-12 Line.  It was a squeaky-new thing when I took this video and technically interesting since it uses linear motors.

1992 光が丘散策散歩 Hikarigaoka Walkabout 920215

1992 成増駅-池袋駅 東武東上線 Narimasu to Ikebukuro Tobu-Tojo Line 920215

1992 池袋駅-日吉駅 山手線と東横線 Ikebukuro to Hiyoshi 920215

1992年の葛西臨海水族園旅 水上バスなど Trip to Tokyo Sealife Park 920218

This shows the recently opened park of the title and also the various construction projects ongoing on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay, including the Rainbow Bridge (which can be seen in the background under construction in the second half of the video).

1992年 小岩駅から歩き出す 瑞江駅まで Walking - Koiwa Station to Mizue Station 920222

Not exciting at all, but this shows a side of Tokyo not typically seen by tourists - and in fact I was asked by a couple of people what I was taking video of.  From the expression on their faces, it was clear they were puzzled at the appearance of what looked like a foreign tourist with camera in hand walking around taking pictures.  If they had seen me at a tourist spot (temples, etc.) they wouldn't have thought anything of it, but I don't think they could imagine any reason for taking pictures of an ordinary part of the city.  From my standpoint, it was exactly the ordinary things that I was interested in recording - to make an accurate record of what it's like to live in Tokyo.

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-小岩駅 Hibarigaoka to Koiwa 920222

1992 瑞江駅-新宿駅 都営新宿線 Mizue to Shinjuku - Toei-Shinjuku Line 920222

Taking a quick look up and down the platform at each station on the line on my way to Shinjuku.

1992 新宿駅-日吉駅 池袋駅など Shinjuku to Hiyoshi Etc 920222

1992 夜ひばりヶ丘駅-夜野方駅 バスなど Night Trains and a Bus 920225

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-練馬駅 バスなど Hibarigaoka to Nerima Etc 920228

1992 新宿など Shinjuku Etc 920317

1992 ある雪と雨の日 One Snowy Rainy Day 920318

1992 新宿と渋谷など Shinjuku Shibuya Etc 920320

1992 四ッ谷駅辺り 920324n Yotsuya Walkabout

1992 堀隣のジャングル Jungle Area by Moat in Tokyo 920324

This is interesting in that this area has been blocked off for many years now, so if you've seen the stairs leading down the side of the moat and wondered what was down there, this is a way to find out.  Presumably they decided it was too much trouble to maintain and/or it was thought to be dangerous and/or people started using the lower area as a campground... and so they closed it off.

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-日吉駅など Hibarigaoka to Hiyoshi Etc 920321

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-中野駅 Hibarigaoka to Nakano 920322

1992 日曜日の市内夜バスと電車 Sunday Night Bus and Train 920322

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-四ッ谷駅 Hibarigaoka to Yotsuya 920324

1992 Segment Intro - Multiple Takes 920325

There's nothing particularly interesting about this short clip of me doing several takes of a short introduction of the video footage I took of the old shotengai in Sugamo (the "Obasan-no-Harajuku" street), but I thought the process of it was slightly interesting in a historical sense, so I posted it.

1992 Hotel Garden and Revolving Restaurant 920324

1992 新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 920324

1992 踏切と自転車 Evening Bicycle Rush at Railway Crossing 920324

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-田町駅 Hibarigaoka to Tamachi 920326

1992 Tamachi Walkabout 田町散策散歩 920326

1992 田町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Tamachi to Tokyo 920326

1992 丸の内散策散歩 Marunouchi Walkabout 920326

Back when I took this, I never thought that the Marunouchi area beside Tokyo Station would be so radically transformed....

1992 Cairns Night Stroll Near Hotel (Australia) 920418

Just a quick look around the hotel I was staying at in Cairns.

1992 Great Barrier Reef via Tropic Sunseeker Catamaran (Cairns) 920419

The quick catamaran ride out to the Great Barrier Reef is one of my fonder vacation memories, so I was happy to read that the owner of the "Tropic Sunseeker" boat I rode on in the video (Sunlover Reef Cruises) has refurbished it and it's still in service.  Reading about it on-line, it appears to be the same tour that I enjoyed taking in 1992, so here's the link to their website:

Sunlover Reef Cruises

Well - so much for this batch.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"2014 Shinjuku, Big Snowstorm, Otsuka, etc; 1992 Sugamo, Shibuya, Shinbashi, Koiwa Snow, etc."

A couple of things stand out in this batch for me - one, a couple of views of the big snowstorm of February 8th, 2014 (and coincidentally - I didn't go looking for it - views of the day after a big snowstorm in January 1992, taken on February 1st, 1992), and a fairly long look (27:33) at a festival in Sugamo - on the street generally called "Obasan-no-Harajuku" (おばあさんの原宿), although the street is actually called "Sugamo Jizo-Dori Shotengai" (巣鴨地蔵通商店街).  Other than those are the usual train scenes, etc.
Shinjuku Shop Window Reflection 新宿ショーウインドー反射 140128

Tokyu Milano Exterior at Night 夜の東急ミラノ外部 140128

1230AM Kokubunji Station Platform 夜中の国分寺駅ホーム下り線 140131

新宿駅隣の工事現場 Construction Site by Shinjuku Station 140131

サンモール大塚 土曜日の朝 Sun Mall Otsuka Saturday Morning 140201n

Taken on a sleepy Saturday morning - this area is much more interesting on weekday afternoons.

Functioning Old Manual Water Pump 大塚台公園, Otsukadai-Koen 140201

There used to be a lot more pumps like this throughout Tokyo, but there are fewer and fewer of them as the years go by....

Three-Layer Parking Space 池袋にある三段駐車場 140201

Entering Seibu-Ikebukuro Station 西武池袋駅に入る 140201

Saturday Afternoon Tokorozawa Station 土曜日の所沢駅 140201

湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 新宿駅から大崎駅まで SSLTCTK 140131

Gotanda Twilight Concourse 五反田夕暮れのスカイウェー 140124

国分寺駅-三鷹駅 中央線左側 Kokubunji to Mitaka - Chuo Line 140130

三鷹駅-中野駅 中央線左側 Mitaka to Nakano - Chuo Line 140130

中野駅-四ッ谷駅 中央線左側 Nakano to Yotsuya - Chuo Line 140130

Hamamatsucho to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 浜松町駅-新橋駅 山手線 140130

新橋駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 140130

Twilight Osaki Back Area Lookaround 夕暮れ大崎裏の散歩コース見回り 140131

Tokyo Snow Along Tamagawa-josui Canal 玉川上水隣の雪 140208

This is a look fairly early in the day, after the snow had been falling since the early hours of the morning.  Several hours later, I went back and took a couple more videos in the same general area (when the snow was deeper, since it snowed nonstop all day long).

Osaki Illuminated Trees Etc 大崎イルミネーションの木とか風とか 140131

寒い大崎イルミネーションと滝 Cold Windy Osaki Illumination Waterfall Etc 140131

JR高田馬場駅を入る Takadanobaba Station 140201

高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 140201

大塚駅土曜日の朝ホームの様子 Otsuka Platform Scene on Saturday Morning 140201

Rail Bridge in Otsuka 大塚にある鉄道れんが橋 Brick and Steel 140201

Lonely Parking Lots in Otsuka 大塚の寂しい駐車場と大通り Main Road 140201

大塚辺りの新しい市電を通る New Streetcar Passing Near Otsuka 140201

They appear to have replaced most of the streetcars on this line, leaving just a few of the old type still running.

大塚駅隣の見回り 市電とか Looking Around by Otsuka Station 140201

大塚駅市電停 New Type Streetcar Leaving Stop by Otsuka Station 140201

南大塚か東池袋の市電踏切 Streetcar Crossing 140201

Empty Asphalt Along Streetcar Line 140201

Higashi-Ikebukuro Backstreets 豊島区東池袋裏道 Toshima-ku 140201

東池袋四丁目の市電停とその辺り Higashi-Ikebukuro Streetcar Stop 140201

Watching Trains at Nerima Station 練馬駅で電車ウオッチン 140201

所沢駅-東村山駅 西武新宿線 Tokorozawa to Higashi-Murayama - Seibu Line 140201

Evening Shinagawa Station 夕方品川駅 140205

Twilight Shinagawa Stationside 品川駅隣 湖南口 東口 140205

Shinagawa Station - Walking Towards Ticket Gates 品川駅湖南口東口辺り 140205

Evening Train Departing Shinjuku 新宿駅から電車が出発 140124g

阿佐ヶ谷駅-吉祥寺駅 夜中央線 Asagaya to Kichijoji - Chuo Line 140204g

東京の大雪 Tokyo Big Snow Storm 2014 - 140208

These two videos (above and below) show the snow near the peak of the big snowfall on February 8th, 2014 - a few hours later, it stopped snowing and the next day, it had already melted down a little.  As I write this (February 12th), the roads are all clear, but the ground is still generally covered with snow.

Tokyo Snow 東京雪の日 雪は、もういいです! 140208

1992 Obasan-no-Harajuku Sugamo Festival おばあさんの原宿祭 920124

This is the area I mentioned at the top of this post - properly called "Sugamo Jizo-Dori Shotengai" (巣鴨地蔵通商店街), but popularly called Obasan-no-Harajuku (おばあさんの原宿).  There is actually some pretty interesting content within this one.  Something I hadn't thought about much at the time, but I realized upon watching this again while editing, is that the man standing in front of a crowd and giving a kind of presentation, is a real-life version of a scene in many of the Tora-san (Otoko-wa-Tsuri-yo) movies.  After watching all the movies in that series, and then (after two decades) seeing this video of mine again, a light clicked on and I thought "Ah!  There it is!  That's part of what they based the Tora-san character on!"

1992 Sugamo to Hibarigaoka 巣鴨駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 920124

1992 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya ひばりヶ丘駅-渋谷駅 920125

1992 渋谷二丁目の夜 Night Walkabout in Shibuya 2-Chome 920125

1992 渋谷駅-日吉駅-渋谷駅 Shibuya to Hiyoshi to Shibuya 920125

1992 渋谷駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shibuya to Hibarigaoka 920125

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-東京駅-新橋駅 Hibarigaoka to Tokyo and Shinbashi 920126

1992 新橋の日曜日長い散歩 Weekend Shinbashi Walkabout 920126

This one is seriously long (51:37), and not very exciting (it was taken on a Sunday, after all), although the part where I walk through a small time-slip zone may be of historical interest (I'm pretty certain that area has been demolished and built up since then), and the scene on a rooftop, with the sea of buildings in Shinbashi all around, is kind of interesting (in my opinion it is anyway!).

What I was doing with this one, was walking through the side streets of Shinbashi on my way from Shinbashi Station to Tokyo Tower.  This video ends just as I arrive at Tokyo Tower, and for the trip up Tokyo Tower, have a look at the following video:

1992年の東京タワー Visiting Tokyo Tower in 1992 - 920126

After visiting Tokyo Tower, I loaded a new tape in the camera and walked over to Roppongi Station:

1992 Roppongi to Yutenji Etc 六本木駅-祐天寺駅 920126

1992 Yutenji to Hibarigaoka 祐天寺駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 920126

1992年の六本木駅 Roppongi Station 920126

This view of Roppongi Station is contained within the longer "Roppongi to Yutenji" video further up the page, but I thought it would be good to isolate a view of just Roppongi Station.

1992 Snow - Hibarigaoka to Koiwa 雪の日 ひばりヶ丘駅-小岩駅 920201

It was interesting to me to come across views of a lot of snow on the ground on February 1st, 1992, since there's a bit of snow on the ground now as well.  For places that regularly get a lot of snow, naturally there it is, year after year, but Tokyo generally gets very little, so the years where a big storm drops enough to pile up and shut down traffic for a day are notable/memorable.

1992 Koiwa Snow Walkabout 小岩雪散策散歩 920201

Walking around near Koiwa Station - with a bit of time spend on residential side streets (getting wet and cold feet while taking video).

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Friday, February 07, 2014

"1992 Drive to Niigata; Views of Nishi-Ikebukuro, St. Paul's University, Sugamo, Yurakucho, Yoyogi, Takeshita-dori, Etc."

This entire batch is from January of 1992, with the earliest date January 1st, and the latest date January 24th.  I've enjoyed watching these myself, since I've been focusing almost exclusively on 1990 and 1991 with my old material, to the point where I was beginning to feel as though I were stuck in some kind of time warp that kept repeating: February-December 1990, then January-December 1991, and then back to either 1990 or 1991.  So suddenly I feel as though I've broken out of the loop and (historical) time is moving forward again!
That said, I'll be going back to 1990 and 1991 sooner or later, but for now, here are several views of January 1992, including visiting (via car) a ski slope in Niigata, walking through the "Obasan-no-Harajuku" area in Sugamo, and checking out Takeshita-dori in Harajuku on a Saturday night (the area the Sugamo place is referring to with the "Obasan-no-Harajuku" name, which might as well have been called "Obasan-no-Takeshita-dori").
And aside from the timing, which is clearly past the peak of the bubble economy years, an advantage of my 1992 material is that at this point I had been taking videos for two years, so the camera handling tends to be much smoother than was the case in 1990 especially.
1992 Harajuku to Shinjuku 原宿駅-新宿駅 山手線 920101

1992 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋駅 920102
1992 Drive to Niigata for Skiing 新潟県までのスキーに行くドライブ 920103

If some of my Tokyo footage with the camera panning around frequently has made you dizzy (a common complaint - but it's screen size related... it's best to watch my videos on a not overly-large screen, or if on a large screen, with some viewing distance from the screen), you will probably find this one much easier to watch, as it was mostly taken from the passenger seat in a car, so the motion is mostly of the car, not the camera.  There are nice views of the approaching mountains of Niigata as the car approaches the ski area.

1992 Ski Area in Niigata 新潟県のスキー場 920103

Too much panning unfortunately, but the trip was for skiing first and foremost, and video was recorded in a bit of a rush.  Of historical interest possibly is that there are no snowboarders and the skies are the long and narrow type.

1992 Night Drive from Niigata Ski Area to Tokyo 920103n

Typical night drive - with the car (talk) radio providing much of the atmosphere of the time.  The car didn't have a navigation system, and cell phone use hadn't taken off yet, so the radio was the one way of pulling in information from afar.  (Around this time, corporate cars and rich people often had car phones, but not many people had their own cell phones.)

1992 Visit to Tanashi Shrine Etc 田無神社など 920105

In marked contrast to my visit to Meiji-Jingu Shrine on January 1st, 1992, this visit to Tanashi Shrine in the suburbs of Tokyo on January 5th, 1992 resulted in scenes of a relaxed atmosphere, with just a small number of people visiting the shrine.

1992 池袋 西武池袋線など Ikebukuro - Seibu Line Etc 920111

1992 Rikkyo University 立教大学 Saint Paul's University 920111
I haven't been back to Rikkyo University since I took this, but I imagine the old wooden buildings that were notable even in 1992 are probably gone now.  The video I took back then was a combination both of just recording things as I went about town, and also of pulling out a map and deliberately going to places that I hadn't yet been to.  Nishi-Ikebukuro would have been a new territory exploratory walk...  Watching this now, it occurs to me that I really should get off my own beaten tracks a little more in 2014.
1992 Nishi-Ikebukuro Walkabout 西池袋散策散歩 920111
1992 Kanamecho to Shibuya 要町駅-渋谷駅 東京彼方此方 920111

1992 Shibuya Saturday Walkabout 渋谷土曜日散策散歩 920111
渋谷 / Shibuya
1992 Is It Recording - OK - Late Night on the Chuo Line 夜遅くの中央線 920111
Video cameras were still a novelty in 1992, so people liked being on camera.  This is a record of a cheerful encounter with a couple of men on a late-night train.  The one man looking to and pointing at the right side of the camera (from his perspective - left side from my - and your - perspective) appeared to be skeptical that I really had the camera rolling, so he checked for the red "Recording" light, and seemed happy to see that it was on.

1992 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya ひばりヶ丘駅-渋谷駅 920115

1992 山手線-西武池袋線乗り換え Ikebukuro - Yamanote to Seibu Transfer 920115

1992 大宮八幡宮 和田堀公園など 東京彼方此方 Omiya Hachimangu Etc 920118
This one is pretty hard to follow.  It starts with a ride on a Seibu-Ikebukuro Line train, then goes to JR trains, etc., with a visit in the middle to Omiya Hachimangu Shrine (大宮八幡宮) and Wadabori-koen Park (和田堀公園), followed by a glimpse of Kichijoji Station and more train rides, etc., including on the Inokashira Line.
1992 新宿駅-代々木駅 山手線 Shinjuku to Yoyogi 920118

1992 夜の代々木散策散歩 Yoyogi Night Walkabout 920118

1992 竹下通り 土曜日の夜 Saturday Night Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku 920118
I've taken video of Takeshita-dori several times before, but this one - taken on a Saturday night - seems more atmospheric... and is (I think) more interesting than previous views I've taken of the area.
1992 Harajuku to Hiyoshi 原宿駅-日吉駅 山手線 東横線 920118

1992 東横線 山手線 西武池袋線 Toyoko Yamanote Seibu Lines 920118

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-銀座駅 丸の内線など Hibarigaoka to Yurakucho 920121
1992 有楽町と銀座散策散歩 Yurakucho Ginza Walkabout 920121
This video of Yurakucho and Ginza includes views (glimpses) of a couple of historical buildings that have since vanished (been eaten by the GCI) - the Sanshin Building and the old theater that was next to the Imperial Hotel.
1992 東京彼方此方 Here and There in Tokyo 920121

1992 ひばりヶ丘駅-巣鴨駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Sugamo 920124

1992 巣鴨地蔵通商店街 おばあさんの原宿 Obasan-Harajuku Sugamo 920124
There was a one-day event with hoards of people.  This area is known as the "Obasan's Harajuku" (Harajuku-like area for older women), and you can see the name fits from this video.  (1992年 - おばあさんの原宿 - 名前の通りでした!)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Saturday, February 01, 2014

"1991 Nakano, Monzen-Nakacho, Meguro; 1992 Trip to Meiji Shrine; 2014 Ginza, Yurakucho, Bus Ride, Etc."

Looking back at 1991, this batch starts off with views of snowy weather in Tokyo with views of Hibarigaoka and Nakano.  After that are late December views, with two being of primary interest (outside my usual views of Shinjuku, etc.); one being a visit to Monzen-Nakacho (with views of a shrine and temple there), and views of an old wooden izakaya street in Meguro (which has since been demolished).

The views of 1992 are of January 1st, 1992, starting with a trip to Harajuku, then showing the walk (within large crowds) towards the center courtyard of the Meiji-Jingu Shrine, and then a long look at most of the New Year's Day scene at the shrine (in a 30-minute video).
Going to 2014, there are views of Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, a few scenes in Saitama (Tobu-Tojo Line area), art exhibition views, a spontaneous dance in Ginza, etc.

1991 - Snowy Day - Nakano to Hibarigaoka 雪の日 中野駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 911227

1991 - Snowy Hibarigaoka 雪の日 ひばりが丘 911227

It doesn't snow often in Tokyo, so when it does, I always feel compelled to pull out a camera and record the event.  In the Nakano snow walkabout video (below), it begins without snow, and then - by the end of the video - it's snowing fairly hard (for Tokyo anyway!).

1991 - Nakano Snow Walkabout 中野雪散策散歩 911227

1991 - Shinjuku to Nakano via Chuo Line 新宿駅-中野駅 中央線 911227

1991 東京彼方此方 Tokyo Here and There - Tokyo Station Etc 911228

1991年 門前仲町 深川不動尊 富岡八幡宮 Monzen-Nakacho Etc 911228

This video is of note as it shows an area I haven't been to very often - Monzen-Nakacho.  Taken on December 28th, 1991, it was just before the New Year's holiday, so the shrine and temple views reflect that, and would have looked a bit different at other times of the year.

1991 Monzen-Nakacho to Yurakucho Etc 911228

1991 Meguro Evening Stroll 夕方の目黒飲食道など散策散歩 911228

In this view from an area not far from Meguro Station, I stumbled on an old wooden izakaya area that is historically interesting now, as there is currently no trace of it.  It's one of those things - if I had been thinking of it vanishing, then I would have gone back at a busier time for another look.  This view from December 28th is so close to the New Year's holiday, that most of the shops were closed.  Too bad I didn't get a look at this on a busy Friday night....

1991 Hibarigaoka to Tokorozawa Etc ひばりが丘-所沢など 911230

This shows the trip (via the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line) from Hibarigaoka to Tokorozawa, including a look out the front cab along the way.  In Tokorozawa, I visit a department store, and then I get back on the train system.

1991 Here and There - Shinjuku Etc 彼方此方 新宿など 911228

1991 東京彼方此方夜の電車とか Trains at Night Etc 911229

1992 Hibarigaoka to Harajuku ひばりヶ丘駅-原宿駅 920101

1992 Approaching Meiji Shrine on January 1st 1992 平成四年元旦の明治神宮 (920101)

1992年 明治神宮の平成四年元旦初詣 Meiji-Jingu Shrine on January 1st 1992 (920101)

This 30-minute video has a lot of detail - showing many elements of visiting the Meiji-Jingu Shrine on New Year's Day, 1992.

三原橋踊り Miharabashi Dance (140116)

There was an interesting combination of people that came together serendipitously and ended up dancing under the Miharabashi Bridge in Ginza.  It was a fun evening!

Shinjuku Upper Concourse Phone Area-360 140107

Train Shadow BR 電車の陰 140110

Train Shadow and Side View 電車の陰 140110

Construction Site by Shinjuku Station 新宿駅隣の工事現場 140110

湘南新宿ライン東海道線直通特別快速 新宿駅から大崎駅まで SSLTCTK (140110)

The name of the train was so long, that I ran out of space and couldn't put any English in the title, other than that seven-letter acronym, which stands for "Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Tokaido-Chokutsu, Tokubetsu-Kaisoku" - see why I couldn't fit that into the title?  And this video shows the passing scenery between Shinjuku and Osaki.
川越市駅-高坂駅 東武東上線の右側 Kawagoeshi to Takasaka via Tobu-Tojo Line 140115

Fire Damaged Area by Yurakucho Station - Damaged on January 3rd 2014 (140116)

Twilight Walk by Yurakucho Station 夕暮れの有楽町駅隣 140116

円風太展示会 道 Futa Madoka Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 140116

Tokyo Izakaya Sounds 東京居酒屋の音 140116

Seibu to Tozai Transfer at Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅乗換え 140107

Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba Station 高田馬場駅で東西線を乗る 140107

Kawagoeshi Station Trains Coming and Going 川越市駅の電車 140108

Observation Tower Lookaround and Elevator Ride to Bottom 140108

JR Series-185 Train at Shinjuku Station 新宿駅 140110

Colorful Otsuka Buildings 北大塚二丁目の見回り 140111
Shinjuku Station - Waiting for a Train 新宿駅で電車を待っている 140114

Chuo Line Arriving at Shinjuku Station 新宿駅で中央線の到着 140114

Waiting for Seibu-Shinjuku Line at Higashi-Murayama 東村山駅の西武新宿線 140115

川越市駅の電車 東武東上線を乗る Watching Trains at Kawagoeshi Station 140115

Riding Bus from Takasaka Station 高坂駅からのバス 140115

浜松町駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 140116
Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho Station 有楽町駅の山手線 140116

Illuminated Trees by Yurakucho Station 有楽町駅隣夕暮れの様子 140116

Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Osaki 大崎駅の山手線を乗る 140110g
高坂駅から大東文化大学までのバス Bus Ride to Daito Bunka University 140108g

Twilight Ginza Chuo-Dori 夕暮れの銀座中央通り 140121

Toyoda to Hachioji 豊田駅-八王子駅 Old Train Sounds 140120

More than for the visual element, I mainly took this to record the symphony of sounds this type of old train makes, particularly the sound of the motor at speed (multiple motors, but I think the sound in the video is just of the one near to where I was sitting - this type of train doesn't have a motor for every carriage), but also the sound of the doors when they open, etc.

Nakano Station Evening Rush 中野駅 夕方通勤ラッシュ 140120

Evening Takadanobaba Stationside 夕方高田馬場駅隣 140121

Kasumigaseki to Kayabacho 霞ヶ関駅-茅場町駅 日比谷線 140123

Kuwahata Noriyuki Exhibition 桑幡紀行 Art Space Rondo 展示会 140123
Part of this exhibition consisted of the artist creating a picture over the course of the exhibition, and this video shows him at work on the early stages of the picture.

日本橋駅で東西線を乗る Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi 140123

Marunouchi to Hibiya Transfer at Kasumigaseki 丸の内線日比谷線乗り換え 140123

Old Parking Lot in Ginza 1-Chome 140123

Nothing amazing in this video - it's just that I looked over at an old parking lot with an old type of roof covering the parking spaces, and thought "That looks like it might not be here much longer... best to get some images of it before it vanishes!".  The steel supports for the roof are of an old design that isn't (I don't think) used any more (for new structures).

Scaffolding Between Buildings 140123

Kaleidoscope View A 万華鏡アート 140123

As videos, these (above and below) are something I wouldn't ordinarily post, but I thought the kaleidoscope designs were so interesting that a record ought to made of them.  The one below is actually a straight view (through a lens) of whatever you aim the kaleidoscope at, with the image broken into kaleidoscope patterns.  I walked out into the hallway and (towards the end of the video) back into the gallery while recording the result.

Kaleidoscope View B 万華鏡アート 140123
Chuo to Marunouchi Transfer at Yotsuya 四ッ谷駅中央線丸の内線乗り換え 140123

Departing Yotsuya Station via Marunouchi Line 四ッ谷駅丸の内線 140123

Rolling towards Kasumigaseki Station on Marunouchi Line 丸の内線 140123

Yurakucho Under-Bridge Stroll 有楽町駅橋の下 140123

Shinjuku 3-Chome Night-360 新宿夜三丁目駅近く見回る 140121

Arriving at Yurakucho Station FC View 有楽町駅に到着山手線ホームなど 140123g

I rather like the way this one turned out....

Street Construction in Ginza 1-Chome 銀座一丁目道の工事 140123

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon