Sunday, April 27, 2014

1992 Toyoko Line, Tama Zoo, Etc.; 2014 Sakura Views, Yamanote Line, Trains Here and There, Etc.

Looking at 1992 views of the Toyoko Line generates surprisingly strong feelings of nostalgia for me.  Cities change all the time of course, but there are some elements you don't expect to change, and the above-ground Toyoko Line station in Shibuya is definitely not something I expected to vanish!  The line is still in Shibuya of course - under ground now - but the station has been smashed to rubble and soon there will be new high-rise buildings, etc there.
Trying to reason out why there should be so much nostalgia attached to something like this, I come to the power of places to bring back memories of days gone by, and so the destruction of a memory-generating spot feels like a loss of the past itself?  Something like that....
And then - in the 1992 video showing going from Shibuya to Hiyoshi, there are three main points - Toyoko Shibuya Station, an old station with wooden beams, and then squeaky new Hiyoshi Station.  I didn't quite realize it at the time, but looking back now, it seems clear that it was a transition period between the Showa Era and the Heisei Era.

Hmm..... as soon as I typed "Heisei Era", I realized that I have never before used that term.  Using it, I stopped typing, stared at the screen for a minute and tried to imagine what "Heisei Era" represents exactly.  Time will tell.  It was the same way in the 1980's - the concept of "Showa Era" never crossed my mind, because it was current.  Now you hear "Showa Era" all the time, and the general theme is of steel and wood (or all wood) buildings - and the rebuilding of the economy after WW-II.

One more comment about 1992 - my visit to Tama Zoo on July 12th, 1992.  Looking at the young couples in the video who are visiting the zoo with their small children, it's hard to believe that they're middle-aged now and those tiny children are now adults - indeed some of them are likely parents themselves.  One generation ago....
Anyway - on to 2014!  Looking over the videos I've posted between March 25th, 2014 and April 17th, 2014, the main thing I'm struck with are train views here and there in Tokyo, as well as some views of this year's sakura trees.  I didn't put much effort into seeing the flowering trees this year, but did make a few trips to favorite hanami spots.

1992 京王線 夕方列車 Twilight Keio Line Window View 920711

If you want to watch - as a batch - all the things I took on July 11th, 1992, search (on my YouTube page/channel) for "920711" and they should all come up.  I earlier posted from a different tape taken on that day, and have just gotten around to posting the continuation of that day which was recorded onto a different (Hi8) tape.

1992 明大前駅-渋谷駅 京王線 Meidaimae to Shibuya - Keio Line 920711

1992 夜の渋谷 別の時代の雰囲気 Nighttime Shibuya Walkabout 920711

Back in the early nineties, I took a number of different videos in Shibuya, but the side street atmosphere of the area near the Inokashira Line area of Shibuya Station is perhaps best captured in this one.

1992年の東急渋谷駅 Tokyu-Shibuya Station in 1992 - 920711

I still can't believe that the above-ground Tokyu Shibuya Station is gone.  It comes as a shock/surprise every time I think about it.

1992 夜東急東横線 渋谷駅-日吉駅 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 920711

How modern and new Hiyoshi Station seemed at the time!  Now that's just the normal design for stations all over Tokyo.

1992 日吉駅辺りドライブ Driving around near Hiyoshi Station 920711

A view through the windshield of a car driving through the narrow streets of Hiyoshi late at night.  It was a Mitsubishi Pajero (called Montero in the US and Shogun in the UK), which was considered very cool at the time, but not by me actually... I've always hated off-road vehicles being re-marketed as "Sport-Utility-Vehicles" (SUV) and driven around on smooth city streets.  It was a successful, but dishonest marketing ploy (worldwide by most car manufacturers) to save car companies from having to go to the expense of bringing out new designs to fill that size category.

1992 日吉駅-新宿駅 Hiyoshi to Shinjuku - Late night trains 920711

Concert Goers in Yotsuya Heading for Station at Night 140325

秋葉原駅のリベットゾーン Riveted Area in Akihabara Station 140328

So little remains of the old station structures that I feel compelled to try to record images of the bits that remain.  This is one such area within Akihabara Station.

秋葉原駅-飯田橋駅 中央線各駅 Akihabara to Iidabashi - Local Chuo Line 140328
Early Sakura at Chidorigafuchi 千鳥ヶ淵桜 早い時期 140328

Yotsuya Rampart Sakura Voices at Night 140328

It was too dark for clear pictures, but I thought the sound track of early sakura viewers (apparently university students) conveyed the season and the atmosphere somewhat.

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 140325

工事中神田駅 Kanda Station Under Construction 140325

Kanda to Yurakucho - Keihin-Tohoku Line 神田駅-有楽町駅 京浜東北線 140325

東京駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 Tokyo to Ochanomizu - Chuo Line 140325

新宿夕方横断歩道 Evening Shinjuku Crosswalk 140325

Yotsuya Station - Ticket Gates to Platform 四ッ谷駅 改札口-ホーム 140325

Waiting for Train at Takadanobaba Station 高田馬場駅で電車を待ってる 140328

Twilight Sakura in Ueno Park 夕暮れの上野公園の桜 140331

高田馬場駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 140328

山手線FCビュー 大塚駅と巣鴨駅 Yamanote Line FC-View - Otsuka and Sugamo 140328

山手線FCビュー巣鴨駅-上野駅 Yamanote Line FC View - Sugamo to Ueno 140328

上野駅 山手線ホームから出口まで Ueno Station - Platform to Exit 140328

大崎駅エスカレーター Osaki Station Escalator 140328

Iidabashi Station - Platform to West Exit 飯田橋駅 ホームから西口改札まで 140328

Food Stalls at Kudan-kita 九段北二丁目の桜時期の屋台店 140328

Early Part of Sakura Season at Kudan-kita 夜の九段北二丁目 140328n

夜の九段北二丁目 Early Part of Sakura Season at Kudan-kita 140328n

Exiting Kudan-kita during Early Part of Sakura Viewing Season 140328

千鳥ヶ淵 影と桜 140328

Walking to Iidabashi Station at Night 夜で飯田橋駅西口まで歩く 140328
飯田橋駅西口から電車乗るまで散歩 Iidabashi West Entrance 140328

各駅中央線 飯田橋駅辺りから四ッ谷駅まで Nighttime Local Chuo Line 140328

Illuminated Sakura at Chidorigafuchi 千鳥ヶ淵の桜ライトアップ十時まで 140401g

There are good places to see sakura trees all over Tokyo, but for seeing them illuminated at night, Chidorigafuchi is my favorite area.

桜花見時期の夜九段下駅 Night Kudanshita Station at Sakura Hanami Time 140401

九段下駅で東西線を乗る Boarding Tozai Line at Kudanshita 140401n

Tozai Line - Walking Up-Train 東西線の車内移動 140401n

西武新宿線の高田馬場駅ホームの様子 Seibu Takadanobaba Platform Walk 140401

高田馬場駅で西武新宿線の電車がやってくる Arriving Train at Takadanobaba 140401

夜遅くの電車内 Late Night Outbound Train Headed for the Suburbs 140401

上野公園の夕方花見 Evening Sakura in Ueno Park 140401

Evening Sakura in Ueno Park 上野公園の夕方花見 140401

上野駅の公園口からホームまで Ueno Station Koen-guchi Entrance 140401

上野駅-東京駅 夕暮れの京浜東北線 Ueno to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 140401

Keihin-Tohoku Line Train Departing Tokyo Station 東京駅京浜東北線 140401

Entering Kudan-kita Area During Sakura Hanami Season 夜の九段北二丁目 140401
After 10PM Sakura Hanami Stroll at Chidorigafuchi 十時過ぎの千鳥ヶ淵花見 140401

Sakura Hanami Season Near Kudanshita Station 九段下駅辺りの桜花見 140401

夜の桜花見の九段北二丁目散策散歩 Hanami Walkabout in Kudan-kita Area 140401

千鳥ヶ淵の美しい桜ライトアップ Illuminated Sakura at Chidorigafuchi 140401

Authentic Independent Izakaya - Just Before Closing Time 140402n

Older Type Seibu Line Train Noises at Station 電車の音 140402

春の三鷹駅ホーム 桜とか Sakura at Mitaka Station 140402

三鷹駅-荻窪駅 中央線 Mitaka to Ogikubo - Chuo Line 140402

阿佐ヶ谷駅-中野駅 中央線 Asagaya to Nakano - Chuo Line 140402

中野-新宿 上り中央線 Nakano to Shinjuku - Inbound Chuo Line 140402

新宿駅-東京駅 中央線 Shinjuku to Tokyo - Chuo Line 140402
The Passageway 通路 140402

Lobby to Street Level ロビーから外の道まで 140402

Sakura Season Shop Tents in Hibiya Park 140402

有楽町一丁目の春桜 Spring Sakura in Yurakucho 140402
ガード下の電車音 (ア) Overhead Train Sound in Yurakucho 140402

ガード下の電車音 (イ) Overhead Train Sound in Yurakucho 140402

Sound of Shinkansen Passing Overhead Near Tokyo Station 140402

夜遅くの中央線 立川駅から出発 Departing Tachikawa Late at Night 140403

夜遅くの電車窓の反射 Late Night Train Window Reflections 140403n

春が来ました 桜万歳 Spring is Here 140402

Tokyo Station Concourse at Lunchtime お昼東京駅の通路 140402

Construction Area Opposite Hibiya Park 140402

Edamame and a Drink in Yurakucho 140402

Yurakucho Springtime Sakura 有楽町春の桜花見 140402

Ginza Night Stroll 銀座四丁目辺りの夜散歩 140402
Sakura in Small Ginza Park 銀座桜 銀座一丁目 140402

日比谷公園 坂から見回る Hibiya Park 360 from Hill 140402
夕方の日比谷公園 春と桜 Springtime in Hibiya Park 140402

内幸町のエスカレーター Uchisaiwaicho Escalator Ride 140402
モダンエスカレーター 内幸町 Modern Escalator in Uchisaiwaicho 140402

Hibiya Park Corner Fountain と Sakura 日比谷公園角の噴水と桜花見 140402
Yurakucho Night Angles - Trains Lights and Shadows 140402

モダンビルのロビー Modern Building Lobby 140402
Chuo Line View - Rainy Day 中央線 雨の日 140403

Seibu Line Arriving at Ogawa Station 西武線 小川駅 140404

Climbing Stairs to Chuo Line Platform at Kunitachi 国立駅 140405

Midnight Empty Platform at Kunitachi Station 国立駅のミッドナイトホーム 140405

高田馬場駅-目白駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Mejiro - Yamanote Line 140405

大塚駅ホームと山手線 Otsuka Station Platform and Train 140405

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 140403

Shibuya Station - Floor Wall and Ceiling Advertising 渋谷駅広告 140407

Billboard advertising in Tokyo is declining fast.  There isn't really much point in it any more, as everyone is walking around with their eyes locked onto their cell-phone/computer screens and they never look up and see anything high up.  But this floor-walls-ceiling advertising was something you couldn't ignore/not see!

Likewise, small billboard advertising within train stations is on the decline, but in-your-face you-can't-ignore-this! advertising on the sides of trains is ever more common.

Sakura Flowers and Spring Green in Jiyugaoka 自由が丘桜 140407

Street Level Train Passing Small Crossing in Jiyugaoka 自由が丘の踏切 140407

A view that is becoming rarer in Tokyo as railways are either elevated or put underground.

Jiyugaoka Station Platform Quick View 自由が丘駅ホームの一見 140407

有楽町駅 山手線がやってくる Yamanote Line Arriving at Yurakucho 140407
目白駅-渋谷駅 山手線 Mejiro to Shibuya - Yamanote Line 140407

Yurakucho Bridge Noises - Trains Passing by Overhead 有楽町の橋音 140407

Boarding Yamanote Line at Uguisudani 鶯谷駅の山手線 140407

Empty Train Yard by Shinagawa Station 品川駅隣の眺め 140410

東京駅山手線と京浜東北線ホーム Tokyo Station Afternoon Platform 140408

大井町線の電車がやってくる Waiting for Oimachi Line Train 140408

FC-View of Arriving at Oimachi Station on Oimachi Line 大井町線 140408

Kobori Reiko Exhibition 小堀令子展 Gallery Kazuki 画廊香月 140408

Shinjuku Station - Waiting for a Train Late at Night 新宿駅ホーム 140408

Tokyo Station Etc Viewed from Marunouchi Building 丸の内ビル 140410

Tokyo to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 東京駅-田町駅 山手線 140410

Observation Area View - Tokyo Office Towers 東京の展望台眺め 140410

Internal Elevator Glass and Reflections - Tokyo Office Tower 140410

Telephone Poles 140410

Construction Area Beside Kokubunji Station 国分寺駅隣の工事現場 140411

This redevelopment is interesting in how large of an area they were able to clear.  All of that empty space had buildings on it, so there was a lot to get out of the way.  From what I noticed in casually passing the area in past years, it was all (or nearly all) small businesses, so I suppose they were happy (and/or willing) to move for the right price.  High-rise towers are on the way....

Tamachi to Hamamatsucho - Keihin-Tohoku Line 田町駅-浜松町駅 京浜東北線 140411

Shinagawa to Tamachi - Keihin-Tohoku Line 品川駅-田町駅 京浜東北線 140411

Arriving at Takaosanguchi Station 高尾山口駅に到着 140414

Small Pond Near Mt Takao 高尾山近くの小さい池 140414

Twilight Near Mt Takao 夕暮れの高尾山近く 140414

Reserved Seat Express Train Passing Kokubunji 特急 国分寺駅 140417

Tamachi to Shinagawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 田町駅-品川駅 京浜東北線 140417

高尾山口駅-高尾駅-京王線 Takaosanguchi to Takao - Keio Line 140414g

Local Train Leaving Siding at Nakano Station 夜の中野駅ホーム 140417

品川駅-田町駅 京浜東北線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Keihin-Tohoku Line 140417
Tokyo to Tamachi - Keihin-Tohoku Line 東京駅-田町駅 京浜東北線 140417

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon