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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