Friday, January 02, 2015

1990 Here and There; 1991 Tokyo Motor Show; 2014 Here and There

I'm waaaay behind with updating this.  The last time I updated my list of videos was a month and a half ago.  I've been busy with one thing and/or another and just barely had time to  upload videos - there wasn't any time to write about them and put the links in a list.  So - here I am on New Year's Eve, determined to at least get started!  I doubt I'll get this finished before crossing over to 2015, but should be able to wrap it up in a day or two (or three...).
For this batch, I've separated the 1990 and 1991 stuff - putting it at the top of the list.  Most of the 1990 material consists of going about town.  I had the video camera with me as I went around for work, etc., and took scenes as I went.  Getting into 1991, there are views that were taken as video projects, such as spending a day at the 1991 Tokyo Motor Show (two hours of views, in two videos) and a fairly detailed look at the old Korakuen Amusement Park (since rebuilt and renamed).
1990 町田一回り Machida Quick Walkabout 901005

This starts off with a look out the front of a first generation Okakyu Romance-Car train that I took to Machida.  I had to go to Machida every week for some contract work, and often splurged on the way there, followed by taking a regular train back to central Tokyo.  Playing it back while I write this, I'm - once again - struck with how important the soundtrack is to conveying the atmosphere of an area at a given point in time....

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 夕方 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 901211

Late evening view of taking a Seibu-Ikebukuro Line train into town.

1990 夕方池袋駅内 Evening Ikebukuro Station 901211

Walking through busy Ikebukuro Station from the east side to the west side.

1990 夜池袋駅西口前と駅内 Evening Nishi-Ikebukuro and Station Interior 901211

Walking around on the west side of Ikebukuro Station in the rain with an umbrella - lights, reflections, street sounds....

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅 埼京線 Ikebukuro to Shinjuku - Saikyo Line 901211

December 1990 and you were beginning to see automatic ticket gates at some entrances to some of the stations.  At Shinjuku, I think the south exit may have been the first.  In any case, in this video, both the ticket gate I enter in Ikebukuro and the one I exit in Shinjuku are automatic, but still much of (most of?) the system had manual gates.

1990 夜雨の新宿散策散歩 Evening Shinjuku Walkabout in the Rain 901211

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the south exit and walking into Nishi-Shinjuku in the rain at night.  (This was taken with my first video camera, which was hypersensitive to florescent lights, causing the picture to suddenly darken in places.)

1990 Underground Passageway to Shinjuku Station 新宿地下通路 901211

To escape the rain, I went into the underground passageways to continue on to the station without getting the camera wet.

1990 新宿駅-中野駅 中央線 Shinjuku to Nakano - Chuo Line 901211

The first two minutes are of Shinjuku Station.  Different lighting, different trains and some other changed details give Shinjuku a different feel from what it is now....

1990 Midnight Rainy Streets in Nakano 夜中の中野雨道 901211

Very short, but it does show the atmosphere of a street in Nakano away from the busier station area.

1990 中野駅-武蔵境駅 夜中の中央線 Nakano to Musashisakai - Chuo Line 901211

Taking a midnight train in December.  Rustic looking now on the screen, but at the time I just wanted to be home and out of the cold, wet night.

1990 夜中の雨道 Midnight Streets in the Rain 901211

After getting off a midnight train, I walk away from the station in the middle of the night.  Tokyo depends on its residents to provide the vibrancy the megacity is know for, so lonely streets in the middle of the night can be quite desolate.

Incidentally, the population of Tokyo is often vastly undercounted by ignoring the suburbs.  Including them, the population is 37,900,000 (according to Wikipedia on January 1st, 2015: )

1990 町田駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Machida to Hibarigaoka 901005

A technical note (about the first minute or so of this video):  This was taken with my first video camera (a CCD-V900) that overreacted to bright light, causing very dark scenes if there was a bright element somewhere in the picture.  There was a manual override, but it was difficult to control and often led to bleached out pictures... which is what happened with parts of this video.  (It's a 10-minute video, so there are many elements to it.)

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910102

1991 池袋駅内の様子 Ikebukuro Station Interior 910102

1991 January Shrine Visit 910103

1991 池袋駅と西武池袋線など Ikebukuro Station and Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 910103

1991 夕方のひばりが丘 Evening Hibarigaoka 910118

1991 池袋とひばりが丘とか Ikebukuro and Hibarigaoka 910213

1991 原宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Harajuku to Hibarigaoka 910220

1991 Harajuku Walkabout 原宿散歩 910220

1991 後楽園遊園地 Korakuen Amusement Park 910223

This 18-minute video of Korakuen Amusement Park is interesting now in a historical way, since the entire amusement park has been rebuilt and renamed.  One interesting element of the old park is how its around-the-park train ride and roller coaster both ran in parallel with a short section of the Marunouchi (subway) Line where it runs on the surface.  Looking at this video now, I'm also struck with how many trees there appear to be.

At the time, I nearly always went to Toshimaen Amusement Park (it was closer to where I lived and had faster attractions), and rarely went to Korakuen, so I may never have visited it in the summer (this was taken in February).  In any case, it makes me feel nostalgic watching this now.  It seems like it was long, long, long ago... which I guess 24 years is.  One generation back basically, although from the feeling in this video, it seems like two or three generations back.

1991年の東京モーターショー 29回 (前半) 幕張メッセ 1991 29th Tokyo Motor Show 1/2 911026

If you want to know what it was like at the 1991 Tokyo Motor show, these two (above and below) videos will give you a good idea of the sights and sounds of the event.  The first one is 42-minutes long and the second 91-minutes, so it's a pretty detailed look at the event.  It starts at Kaihin-Makuhari Station, showing the fairly long walk over to the main exhibition spaces and then ends after I walk back to the station and up to the platform at night.

October 26th, 1991 was a busy day for me with the video camera.  I recorded the trip out to the event (several trains) and then the trip to Hiyoshi after the event (several more trains).  While over two hours of motor show footage may seem excessive, there was a lot to see at the event and I was there for around six hours.

1991年の東京モーターショー 29回 (後半) 幕張メッセ 1991 29th Tokyo Motor Show 2/2 911026

1991 海浜幕張駅-東京駅-渋谷駅-日吉駅 Kaihin-Makuhari to Hiyoshi 911026

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 911025

1991 池袋東口雨の散策散歩 Ikebukuro Rain Stroll on East Side 911025

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-東京駅-海浜幕張駅 Hibarigaoka to Kaihin-Makuhari 911026

1991 山手線 FCビュー 池袋駅-東京駅 FC-View - Ikebukuro to Tokyo 911025

1991 東京中央郵便局 地方記念切手 Special Issue Stamp Crowds 911025

1991 東京駅-新宿駅 中央線 Tokyo to Shinjuku - Chuo Line 911025

1991 新宿西口と東口の散策散歩 Shinjuku West and East Side Walkabout 911025

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 911025

From here, the videos jump up to the year 2014:
Boarding Yamanote Line Somewhere 山手線 141104

夕方秋葉原駅前広場 Akihabara Plaza 141104

新宿駅南口夜の見回る Shinjuku Station South Exit 360-View 141104

新宿夜の思い出横丁 Stroll Through Shinjuku Omoideyokocho 141104

The old style izakaya street - looking a bit like the set from Bladerunner in the rain....

朝早くの中央線 水道橋駅-神田駅 Early Morning Chuo Line 141106

Chuo to Yamanote Transfer at Kanda 朝早くの神田駅の様子 141106

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141106

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141106

バスで駒込からお茶の水まで Bus Ride - Komagome to Ochanomizu 141118

If you like buses, these two videos (above and below) might be of interest.  I don't use buses so much in Tokyo, so tend to enjoy the experience when I do ride in them (city buses that is, I really hate the long-distance highway buses!).

都営バス 御茶ノ水-秋葉原 Toei Bus - Ochanomizu to Akihabara 141118

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-A 自転車 141108

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-B 自転車 141108

Bicycle Ride in Suburbia-C 自転車 141108

Hallways and Staircases - Echoes of the Past 141114

Friday Night Yurakucho-SB 金曜日の有楽町SB 141114g

Freight Train Passing Nishi-Kokubunji Station 西国分寺駅 141115

Midnight Escalator 夜中のエスカレーター 141115

大崎イルミネーション End of Year Illumination in Osaki 141106

東京駅八重洲口バスエリア散歩 Tokyo Station Yaesu Side at Night 141107

東京駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Tokyo to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141107g

上野駅-日暮里駅 夜の山手線 Ueno to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141107

夜中の新宿駅ホーム Midnight Shinjuku Station Platform 141107
目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Mejiro to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 141111

池袋駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141111

巣鴨駅-駒込駅 山手線 Sugamo to Komagome - Yamanote Line 141111

西日暮里駅-日暮里駅 山手線 Nishi-Nippori to Nippori - Yamanote Line 141111

Old Stairway 古い階段 141111

日本橋散策散歩 Walking Through Nihonbashi 141111n

浜松町駅-田町駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141113

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141113

東京駅開業100周年の茶色山手線 TS100A-Brown Yamanote Line Train 141114

Twilight Evening Melody in Osaki - Plaza Fountain 141114n

Yurakucho Night - Shinkansen Passing 有楽町夜 新幹線が通る 141114

高田馬場駅ホームの様子 Takadanobaba Station Platform 141118

高田馬場駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141118

秋葉原駅の夜ホームの様子 Akihabara Station Platform - Waiting 141118

Train Shadows on Platform 電車の陰 141119

豊田駅-八王子駅 中央線 Toyoda to Hachioji - Chuo Line-FCV 141119

夕暮れの大崎 Twilight in Osaki 141121

山手線が有楽町駅から出発 Yamanote Line Departing Yurakucho 141121

Autumn Yurakucho Night Stroll 秋の有楽町夜散歩 141121

Bicycle Ride Near Tamagawa-Josui Canal 玉川上水近くの自転車ビュー 141123

Looking Over Autumn Rikugien Gardens 秋の六義園の林 141125

雨の銀座晴海通り Ginza Harumi-Dori in the Rain 141125

品川駅-大崎駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Osaki - Yamanote Line 141127
Rooftop Photographers in Marunouchi 夜の丸の内 141128

高田馬場駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Sugamo - Yamanote Line 141118

ミヤチ.Y.ヒロミ展示会 - 銀座YsARTS-508 - Miyachi Y Hiromi - Ginza Exhibition 141125

Shinjuku Southern-Terrace Illumination Quick View in the Rain 雨と風の新宿サザンテラス 141125

Trains Arriving at Kokubunji Station 国分寺駅の到着電車 141126

Walking Towards Osaki Station at Night 大崎 141128

大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141128

Walking Through Crowded Bus Area - Tokyo Station Yaesu Side 東京駅八重洲側 141121

神田駅 山手線と京浜東北線 Kanda Station - Trains Arriving and Departing 141127

田町駅-品川駅 山手線の左側 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141127

Waiting for the Yamanote Line 山手線を来るまで待っている 141128

品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141128

有楽町駅-東京駅 京浜東北線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Keihin-Tohoku Line 141128

Marunouchi Night View from Former Central Post Office Roof 丸の内 141128

夜の丸の内 Lights and Towers in Marunouchi 141128

市ヶ谷駅-飯田橋駅 中央線 Ichigaya to Iidabashi - Chuo Line 141030h

神田駅ホームの様子 新幹線が通るとか Kanda Station Platform 141030h

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141030h

Kanda Station Platform Lookaround 神田駅 141031h

Yamanote Line Arriving at Kanda Station 神田駅の山手線 141031h

東京駅-新橋駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 141031h

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141031h

Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 田町駅-品川駅-山手線 141031h

中央線 神田駅に到着 Chuo Line Arriving at Kanda Station - FC View 141009h

神田駅で山手線を来るまで待っている Kanda Station - Yamanote Line 141010h

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141010h

秋の六義園 Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-A 141202h

Autumn Rikugien Gardens Hill View-B 秋の六義園 141202h

有楽町SB - Yurakucho-SB 141128g

大崎駅エスカレーター Osaki Escalator to Platform 141120g

上野駅-有楽町駅 快速京浜東北線と山手線 Ueno to Yurakucho - Yamanote と KTL 141125g

電車台風 新幹線 山手線 京浜東北線 東海道線 Tokyo Train Typhoon 141125g

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 左側後ろ向き Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 141127g

夜大崎駅辺りの電車と光風景 Trains Passing in the Night at Osaki 141127g

六義園 秋-1 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-2 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-3 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-4 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-5 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn View 141202

六義園 秋-7 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View 141202

六義園 秋-8 Rikugien Gardens - Autumn Night View - Bridge 141202

Main Street at Night in Komagome 駒込夜の大通り 141202

高田馬場駅 西武新宿線 Waiting for Seibu-Shinjuku Line Train 141202

豊田駅-八王子駅 中央線 国鉄115系電車 JR Series-115 - Toyoda to Hachioji - Chuo Line 141201g

Looking out the window of an old Series-115 JR train... listening to the sounds of this type of train.  The sound of the motors and the various creaks and rattles make me feel nostalgic for when I often rode this type of train on the Tokaido Line in the mid-eighties.  Oh, and the sound of the train's PA system!

高田馬場駅-目白駅-池袋駅-大塚駅 Takadanobaba to Otsuka - Yamanote Line 141206

玉川上水隣の散歩 Walking Along Tamagawa-Josui 141206
夜の神田駅 Kanda Station at Night 141204

A look at newly opened shops within Kanda Station - part of extensive renovation of the station.

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141204

Ginza Line Train Departing Kyobashi Station 銀座線 京橋駅 141205

Illumination at Tokyo Square Garden 141205
東京駅八重洲口前の光 Tokyo Station Front Lights - Yaesu Side 141205n

東京駅-神田駅 山手線 Tokyo to Kanda - Yamanote Line 141205

神田駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Kanda to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 141205

秋葉原駅-御徒町駅-上野駅 山手線 Akihabara to Ueno - Yamanote Line 141205

Nishihara Taiji Exhibition 西原大路展 Art Space Rondo アートスペース ロンド 141205

新宿駅南口内部一回り Shinjuku Station Upper Concourse 141216

Shinjuku - Waiting for Late Night Train 夜遅く新宿駅中央線ホーム 141216

夜遅く中央線が遣って来る 新宿駅 Late Night Chuo Line at Shinjuku 141216

Takahashi Mariko Exhibition 高橋まり子展 Jungaro 純画廊 141209n

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 141209

神田駅の朝の電車 Morning Trains at Kanda Station 141211

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 141211

新橋駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 141211g

雨の新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho in the Rain 141216g

東京交通会館イルミネーションの一見 Tokyo Kotsu-Kaikan -December Lights 141218n

Walking Towards Ginza 銀座へ向かう 141218

新宿駅埼京線ホームの様子 三列に並んでお待ち下さい Shinjuku Station Saikyo Platform 141225
新宿駅-大崎駅 湘南新宿ライン横須賀線直通 Shinjuku to Osaki - Shonan-Shinjuku Line - Yokosuka Line 141225

立川駅買い物通路 Tachikawa Station Shopping Concourse 141224

立川駅 改札からホームまで Tachikawa Station - Concourse to Platform 141224

立川駅南口 クリスマスイブ Tachikawa South Side - Christmas Eve 141224g

Tachikawa Christmas Eve Shopping 立川駅 クリスマスイブなど 141224

立川駅北口イルミネーションとか Tachikawa - Escalator to Street Level 141224g

立川駅へ向かう クリスマスイブの夜 北口 Christmas Eve Tachikawa - North Side 141224

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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