Monday, December 25, 2017

"Sounds Within Near Silence" (171224-AM)

A melancholy, gray, drizzly morning.  After some weeks of avoiding silence by always having a radio on, or music playing, I left the radio off and wordlessly (internally and externally) looked around at my surroundings and out the window at the cold, winter outdoors.
As I walked over the tatami mats I became aware of the faint sound made by them, and other faint sounds, and the title of that old Simon and Garfunkel song "The Sound of Silence" came to mind, and immediately I thought "Wait - that's not what this is... this is... 'sounds within silence;... but it's not silence if there are sounds, so... 'sounds within near silence'"............
Tokyo is not exactly a very quiet city, although I was told by a couple of visiting friends from Portugal (some years back) that they were surprised by how quiet Tokyo was.  I was genuinely surprised to hear that, and said "What do you mean?!" to which they explained that in Portugal, people honk their car horns a lot, and yell at friends across the street, etc.  "Ah... in that sense, yes, Tokyo is quiet, it's true..." I replied.  ...........

Staring at my computer screen, I find myself at a fork in the road regarding Tokyo and noise.  On the one hand, there is much I could say about how the attitudes to certain kinds of noise have changed over the decades here.  For example, I thought of what my Portuguese friends had said when I read an old guide book from the 1950s that commented on how noisy the streets of Tokyo were - with people constantly honking their car horns!  And on the other hand, I started writing this specifically to address the way the mind uses, perceives, and makes noise.
Regarding Tokyo, let me just quickly comment on how people here generally seem able to put up with any amount of noise out in public - most notably from incredibly loud train and train station announcements (which are often almost painfully loud), and yet tend to be hypersensitive about noise around their residences.  It seems like a contradiction, but I suppose the hypersensitivity to noise near where people live may be brought on by being noise-stressed when out in public, so when they get home, they don't want any outside noises intruding into their quiet space at home.

Anyway, back to noise within the brain.

Language is a wonderful thing - but it has caused us... (most of us?, all of us?, some of us?) to retrograde in some respects.  Before I learned a second language, I thought that thinking was basically having an internal voice talking, but I've come to realize (belatedly...) that words are not thoughts - they are just tools that (rather clumsily) attempt to convey thoughts.  As I leaned a second language (Japanese), this realization began to come into focus.  It was a fluid process, but three milestones come to mind:

M1 - For objects, I went from looking at - say - a tree, and simultaneously thinking an (internally) audible "tree" to there being a lag while I decided on which word tool to use "tree" or "木", and the realization began to form that thinking was something apart from words - something that comes before words.
M2 - In studying Japanese, I sometimes did a language exchange with people, where we'd go to a coffee shop (a type of coffee shop almost extinct now after the invasion of the Big Chain Stores) and agree on a time - typically one hour each, where I'd teach them English for one hour and they'd teach me Japanese for one hour.  In the beginning, it was definitely a better deal for the Japanese speaker, as even in the Japanese time, they had to explain things to me in English, so they were learning some English even then.  As I became more proficient in speaking Japanese, it started to be a better deal for me, as I was explaining things in Japanese during the English time.
   So - how to make it a fair exchange....  I came up with a simple system.  We'd decide on a time - three minutes seemed to work best - and we'd talk in one language, then the other, and back again - sometimes for hours.  Doing this absolutely fairly required a little willpower, and a certain kind of timer (standard on Casio digital watches at the time, but gone missing on modern models... I think, at least I couldn't find it on the newer models I tried), where the watch's timer auto-reset and commenced a new countdown even as it was beeping.  So it would start with 3:00, and then 2:29-2:28-2:27... 0:05-0:04-0:03-0:02-0:01-0:00 - where it would beep - and (with no pause) continue 0:00-2:59-2:58, etc.  Since the next countdown started exactly at the end of the previous countdown, each time block of three minutes was exactly three minutes.
   The rules (which is where the willpower comes in) were simple, but very important.  Actually... it's not even the plural "rules", but rather one simple, but Very Important rule - which was that during English Time, only English could be used, and during Japanese Time, only Japanese could be used.  During English, absolutely no Japanese, and during Japanese, absolutely no English.  An obvious issue with that system was what happens when you're in the middle of a sentence and the three-minutes-over! alarm goes off?  If you are speaking in Japanese when the "English Time!" alarm sounds and - even for a few seconds - you continue speaking in Japanese (to finish your sentence) the system is broken.  The answer?  Simple!  You change languages mid-sentence!  I suppose this sounds like it would be difficult, but actually, this immediate changeover requirement paradoxically kept us motivated to continue and made the exercise fun.  It was kind of like an ongoing challenge - "How smoothly can I go from one language to another even in mid-sentence..." which gave the exercise an energizing tension and pressure to perform well.
   Let me see if I can get a good example of a mid-sentence changeover on the screen/page here....:
   "I went to Shinjuku yesterday to buy a new camera-" [beep-beep!] "買おうと思ったけど、買いたいモデルは、ちょっと値段が高かった", etc.
  I did this fairly extensively with a few different people and one evening - after carrying on a conversation in this way for about three hours non-stop, I was saying something when I suddenly realized (momentarily) that I didn't even remember which language I was using!  I was using the correct language, but after three hours of speaking/listening to exactly half one language and half another, the feeling of using a specific language had mostly vanished and speaking was just speaking - in whichever language.
M-3 - Fast forward to a difficult moment in my life when a lot of complicated things were going on.  One night I went to a secluded spot (not an easy thing to do in Tokyo, by the way!) and tried to calm the raging storm of thoughts I was having.  I was going in circles, getting even more frustrated, when it occurred to me that the sloppiness of vocabulary within language was getting in the way of pure thought, so I made an effort to turn off the words.  I managed to, but it was kind of hard and I could only... just barely... do it by utilizing pictures.  I imagined one person after another of the various people in my life by seeing their faces as though looking at a photograph of them (or maybe a video clip where they were just standing either looking at me or off in another direction - without talking), and conceptually taking in the essence of each individual.  With the sophistry of the words out of the way, a calm came over me as I saw all of us as players standing on the stage of life - trying to make sense of things and getting on with our lives.  It was a picture of everyone on an adventure - as though moving through a mysterious forest... with no guarantees of anything working out, but nothing for it but to move ahead, doing the best each of us could.
   The conclusion?  "Life's an adventure. Get on with it. Just do your best."
And I suppose this morning was a kind of realization of Milestone-4?  Wordlessly taking in my surroundings without having had to turn the words off in the first place.  I suppose if someone goes without using words for too long, it becomes difficult to start using them again, but this is just the calm of consecutive days off during the holiday season and I'll be back into the fray of frequent talking (and other forms of word use) in January 2018.  "2018"... the number looks strange sitting there on the screen staring back at me.  Back to an old conclusion I suppose:  "Life's an adventure. Get on with it. Just do your best."

Lyle H Saxon
Tokyo - December 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

1990, 1991, & 2017 Tokyo - Here and There 171022

Lot's of video titles and the links to watch them.  I would like to put photos by each of the links, but too many things are competing for my time at the moment, so rather than put off posting these links any longer, I'll post them with just this one photo at the top.
1991 武蔵浦和駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武線 Musashi-Urawa to Hibarigaoka 910604

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅辺りの散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910606

1991 手書き表札 25年前の値段 51年前 五分間 910607

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅 西武池袋線と埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910607

1991 西新宿元淀橋のお昼散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Lunchtime Walkabout 910607


玉川上水と西武国分寺線 170603

Constellation - Takanori Shinohara Exhibition - Nayuta Gallery 170602

Political Speech in Kokubunji - Quick View 国分寺駅前 170603

Two Freebie Things 170605

一橋学園駅隣 360度 Hitotsubashi Station-360 170601

踏切 細い横断 西武多摩湖線 一橋学園駅の近く Railway Pedestrian Crossing 170601

一橋学園駅-国分寺駅 西武多摩湖線 Hitotsubashigakuen to Kokubunji - Seibu-Tamako Line 170601

万世橋辺り 橋の下と橋の上 Under One Bridge and On Another 170603

Early Summer Day 御茶ノ水駅の近く 170603

御茶ノ水駅ホームの様子 Ochanomizu Station PlaRoots - Akiko Taguchi Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 170623

居酒屋 170609

Walking Down Stairs 170609

夕方新宿 Afternoon Shinjuku 170615

Aquarium Fish 170615

Evening Nishi-Shinjuku Street 170620

夜 下り列車の出発 西へ 170609

夜中の所沢駅 Midnight Tokorozawa Station 170609

Cool June Evening-1 六月の夕方 170620

Cool June Evening-2 六月の夕方 170620

涼しい六月の夜 Cool June Evening 170620

新宿駅 ホームの様子 山手線 Shinjuku Station Platform View 170609

夜 中央線を待っている Waiting for a Train at Night 170609g

夜中の西武線 所沢駅へ向かうと到着 Seibu Line 170609g

夜の散歩 新宿駅へ向かう 170620

御茶ノ水駅ホームの様子 Ochanomizu Station Platform View 170603

西武多摩湖線 狭い踏切 電車が通る Pedestrian Railway Crossing 170601

総武線が通る 御茶ノ水駅の近く One Warm June Day Near Ochanomizu Station 170603


1991 新都庁 東京都庁 望遠レンズの眺め 都庁の周り Visit to New Tocho Towers 910607

1991 西新宿の散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Friday Afternoon Walkabout 910607

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910607


Roots - Akiko Taguchi Exhibition - Art Space Rondo 170623

居酒屋 170609

Walking Down Stairs 170609

夕方新宿 Afternoon Shinjuku 170615

Aquarium Fish 170615

Evening Nishi-Shinjuku Street 170620

夜 下り列車の出発 西へ 170609

夜中の所沢駅 Midnight Tokorozawa Station 170609

Cool June Evening-1 六月の夕方 170620

Cool June Evening-2 六月の夕方 170620

涼しい六月の夜 Cool June Evening 170620

新宿駅 ホームの様子 山手線 Shinjuku Station Platform View 170609

夜 中央線を待っている Waiting for a Train at Night 170609g

夜中の西武線 所沢駅へ向かうと到着 Seibu Line 170609g

夜の散歩 新宿駅へ向かう 170620


1991 朝の新宿 動くない景色です Shinjuku Morning Skyline 910608

1991 最終上り西武線 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Last Inbound Train 910607

1991 最終電車辺りの池袋駅 Ikebukuro Station Near Closing Time 910607

1991 夜中の新宿駅 最終電車後 新宿東口 金曜日の夜 Midnight Shinjuku Station 910607

1991 夜中の新宿 東口など Midnight Shinjuku - East Side 910607

1991 最終山手線 金曜日 池袋駅-新宿駅 Last Yamanote Line to Shinjuku 910607


高尾山ケーブルカー 高尾山駅-清滝駅 Takao Cable Car - Takaozan to Kiyotaki 170710

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 Takaosanguch to Takao - Keio Line 170710

夜と電車 渋谷区新宿駅近く Trains in the Night 170627

夜の東京駅と丸の内風景 Tokyo Station and Marunouchi at Night 170630

東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅-浜松町-田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tokyo to Shinagawa 170707


1991 朝の歌舞伎町 土曜日 Early Morning Kabukicho 910608

1991 土曜日朝の新宿駅 Early Morning Shinjuku Station 910608

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅 山手線 土曜日朝 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro Saturday Morning 910608

1991 池袋駅 土曜日の朝早く Early Saturday Ikebukuro 910608

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 土曜日の朝 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 910608

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya 910608

1991 東急渋谷駅-自由が丘駅 東急東横線 Toyoko Line - Shibuya to Jiyugaoka 910608

1991 自由が丘駅 土曜日 Jiyugaoka Station - Saturday Afternoon 910608

1991 自由が丘駅から九品仏駅までの散策散歩 Jiyugaoka to Kuhonbutsu Station 910608

1991 九品仏駅-自由が丘駅-日吉駅 大井町線と東横線 Kuhonbutsu to Hiyoshi 910608

1991 日吉駅-自由が丘駅-二子玉川園駅-あざみ野駅 Hiyoshi to Azamino 910608

1991 自由が丘駅 土曜日の夜遅く Midnight Jiyugaoka Station 910608

1991 あざみ野駅辺り 夜中散策散歩 Azamino Station Area Midnight Walkabout 910608

1991 あざみ野駅辺り 朝の散策散歩 Azamino Station Area Morning Walkabout 910609

1991 あざみ野駅 日曜日の朝 Azamino Station - Entrance Gates to Platform 910609

1991 あざみ野駅-渋谷駅 田園都市線 Azamino to Shibuya - Den-en-toshi Line 910609

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910610

1991 池袋駅東口からの散策散歩 Ikebukuro East Side Walkabout 910610

1991 渋谷駅辺り 日曜日 Shibuya Daytime Station Area 910609

1991 渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武池袋線 日曜日 Shibuya to HIbarigaoka 910609


高田馬場駅-西部新宿駅 西武新宿線 Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku 170711

虎ノ門三丁目の古い家 Old Houses in Toranomon 170723

地下鉄の高田馬場駅 電車が遣って来る Takadanobaba Subway Station 170723

丸ノ内線 Entering Tunnel from Yotsuya Station - Marunouchi Line 170724

新聞の自動販売機 Newspaper Vending Machine 170727

神田駅-御茶ノ水駅 中央線 夕方窓風景 Kanda to Ochanomizu 170718

中央線 窓風景 新宿駅まで 左側 Chuo Window View to Shinjuku 170718

四ッ谷駅 電車の到着 Yotsuya Station Train Arrivals 170723

四ッ谷駅ホームからの見回り Look-around from Yotsuya Station Platform 170724

秋葉原駅 ホームの様子 Akihabara - Waiting for a Train 170725

一橋学園駅-国分寺駅 西武多摩湖線 Hitotsubashi-Gakuen to Kokubunji 170727

東京駅前八重洲口バス乗り場 Bus Area by Tokyo Station 170718

夕暮れの西新宿 元淀橋 Nishi-Shinjuku Twilight 170718g


1991 昼の東京駅 Lunchtime Tokyo Station 910610

1991 池袋駅-東京駅 昼の山手線 Ikebukuro to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 910610

1991 東京中央郵便局 Tokyo Central Post Office 910610

1991 日本橋お昼の散策散歩 Nihonbashi Lunchtime Walkabout 910610

1991 東京駅-池袋駅-池袋-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tokyo to Hibarigaoka 910610

1991 ひばりが丘散策散歩 Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910611

1991 A Couple of Drink Cans 910610

1991 朝のひばりが丘散歩 Morning Hibarigaoka Walkabout 910613

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅-祐天寺駅 Hibarigaoka to Yutenji 910615

1991 夜の祐天寺 Nighttime Yutenji 910615

1991 朝の祐天寺 雨の日 Morning Yutenji - Rainy Day 910616

1991 祐天寺駅-渋谷駅 東横線 Yutenji to Shibuya - Toyoko Line 910616

1991 渋谷駅-吉祥寺駅 井の頭線 Shibuya to Kichijoji - Inokashira Line 910616

1991 武蔵野市の雨散策散歩 吉祥寺駅からスタート Kichijoji Walkabout 910616

1991 渋谷駅 日曜日の朝 Shibuya Station - From JR to the Inokashira Line 910616


1990 白山夜散策散歩 池袋駅まで Night Walk to Ikebukuro 900815

1990 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 900815

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-品川駅 西武線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 900817

1990 池袋駅で乗り換え 西武線からJR線まで Busy Ikebukuro Station 900817

1990 品川駅 Shinagawa Station 900817

1990 品川の夏散策散歩 品川駅からスタート 高輪 白金台 恵比寿 Shinagawa Walkabout 900817

1990 夜の恵比寿の散策散歩 Ebisu Nighttime Walk 900817

1990 夜バス 恵比寿から田町まで 田町駅前 Bus - Ebisu to Tamachi 900817

1990 田町の夜散策散歩 Tamachi Nighttime Lookaround 900817

1990 田町駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tamachi to Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka 900817

1990 池袋駅-新宿駅-町田駅-新宿駅-原宿駅 Ikebukuro Shinjuku Machida Harajuku 900822

1990 八月野球 明治神宮野球場 August Baseball Game 900822

1990 竹下通り散策散歩 原宿 Takeshita-Dori 900822

1990 原宿 表参道と神宮前の散策散歩 Harajuku Omotesando Etc 900822

1990 ひばりが丘 駅辺り 北口と南口 Hibarigaoka - North and South Sides 900406

1990 東海道線 品川駅 品川西口散歩 Shinagawa Station Views 900405

1990 品川駅高輪口有人改札の精算 Shinagawa Manual Ticket Gate 900405

1990 有人改札 新宿駅 小田急線 朝の通勤ラッシュ 900409

1990 神田駅と神田の夕方散策散歩 Kanda - Evening Look 900406

1990 秋葉原駅と秋葉原の散策散歩 Akihabara Station Area Lookaround 900406

1990 朝の新宿 西口駅辺りの散策散歩 Shinjuku West Side Morning Walkabout 900409

1990 朝通勤ラッシュ 池袋駅内と池袋駅-新宿駅 新宿駅内 Morning Rush - Ikebukuro and Shinjuku 900409

1990 山手線 前向き 新宿駅-田町駅 Yamanote Line Shinjuku to Tamachi 900409

1990 新橋SL広場 Quick View of Shinbashi SL-Plaza 900409n

1990 夜の渋谷散歩 Nighttime Shibuya Stroll 900409

1990 忙しい池袋駅 Busy Ikebukuro Station 900410

1990 夜の西新宿 Nighttime Nishi-Shinjuku 900410

1990 埼京線 池袋駅-新宿駅 Saikyo Line - Ikebukuro to Shinjuku 900410


1991 西武池袋線 ひばりヶ丘駅 ひばりが丘 Hibarigaoka 910822

1991 ひばりが丘北 910828

1991 Instantaneous Water Heater 910828

1991 東京駅 八月のお昼過ぎ Tokyo Station Just After Lunch 910828

1991 南浦和駅と駅辺りと 浦和市文化センターまで Minami-Urawa Walkabout 910828

1991 東京駅-南浦和駅 京浜東北線 Tokyo to Minami-Urawa - Keihin-Tohoku Line 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅までの散策散歩 Walk to Musashi-Urawa Station 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅 武蔵野線 103系 Musashi-Urawa Station - Musashino Line 910828

1991 武蔵浦和駅-南浦和駅-川口駅 103系 Musashi-Urawa to Minami-Urawa to Kawaguchi 910828

1991 川口駅 川口の夕方と夜 散策散歩 Kawaguchi Walkabout Evening to Night 910828

1991 川口駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Kawaguchi to Hibarigaoka 910828

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-五反田駅-西馬込駅 Hibarigaoka to Nishi-Magome 910829

1991 西馬込駅-五反田駅 都営浅草線 Nishi-Magome to Gotanda 910829


1990 昼の田町と夜の本郷三丁目駅辺り 他 Tamachi と Hongosanchome Etc 900618

1990 田町商店街 お昼ちょっと過ぎ Tamachi Shotengai 900620

1990 一日 電車と車と株販売所 彼方此方の散策散歩 Trains and Stocks Etc 900619

1990 田町駅からの長い散策散歩 神谷町駅まで Tamachi to Kamiyacho Walkabout 900620

1990 神谷町駅-茅場町駅-門前仲町 日比谷線と東西線 Kamiyacho to Monzen-nakacho 900620

1990 門前仲町駅からの散策散歩 万年橋他 Monzen-nakacho Walkabout 900620

1990 田町散策散歩 Tamachi Walkabout 900621

1990 田町駅-新宿駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinjuku - Yamanote Line 900621

1990 西新宿の夕方散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout 900621


1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 910718

1991 池袋駅から東口の郵便局へと帰り Ikebukuro East Side - Post Office Etc 910718

1991 池袋駅-五反田駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Gotanda - Yamanote Line 910718

1991 五反田午後の散歩 Gotanda Afternoon Stroll 910718

1991 五反田駅-西馬込駅 都営浅草線 Gotanda to Nishi-Magome - Asakusa Line 910718

1991 ひばりが丘-西武バス-武蔵境駅-奥多摩駅と山など Trip to Okutama Etc 910719

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910718

1991 南馬込の散策散歩 五丁目他 Minami-Magome Walkabout 910718

1991 西馬込駅-五反田駅-新宿駅 山手線 Nishi-Magome to Shinjuku 910718g

1991 西新宿の夕方散策散歩 Nishi-Shinjuku Evening Walkabout 910718

1991 多摩川 氷川キャンプ場 奥多摩駅 Hikawa Camping Ground Etc 910720

1991 奥多摩駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Okutama to Hibarigaoka 910720

1991 夕暮れのひばりが丘北 Twilight Hibarigaoka-kita 910720

1991 夜上り西武池袋線 ひばりヶ丘駅から Inbound Night Train 910720


1990 下町から秋葉原駅まで散策散歩 Shitamachi Walkabout to Akihabara 900731

1990 秋葉原駅-神田駅 京浜東北線 Akihabara to Kanda - Keihin-Tohoku Line 900731

1990 神田駅から日本橋への散策散歩 Kanda to Nihonbashi Walkabout 900731

1990 地下通路と三越前駅 Underground Slalom 900731

1990 池袋駅前 東口 火曜日の夜 Ikebukuro East Side Quick Night View 900731

1990 夜のひばりヶ丘駅とひばりが丘北 火曜日 Nighttime Hibarigaoka Station 900731

1990 池袋駅 火曜日の夜 Ikebukuro Station - Tuesday Night 900731

1990 三越前駅-大手町駅-池袋駅 半蔵門駅と丸ノ内線 Mitsukoshi-mae to Ikebukuro 900731

1990 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅-町田駅-町田 Hibarigaoka to Machida 900801

1990 町田駅辺り 昼の散策散歩 Machida Lunchtime Walkabout 900801

1990 小田急ロマンスカー 町田駅-新宿駅 Machida to Shinjuku RC 900801

1990 池袋駅-田町駅 山手線 田町のお昼 Ikebukuro to Tamachi 900802

1990 東中野駅辺り-東中野駅-新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Higashi-Nakano to Hibarigaoka 900801


1991 高崎 一日の散策散歩 雨の日 Takasaki Long Walkabout 910914

1991 高崎駅-赤羽駅-新宿駅-渋谷駅-日吉駅 Takasaki to Hiyoshi 910914

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東横線 山手線 西武池袋線 夜の電車 910914

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅-綱島駅 Hibarigaoka to Tsunashima 910920

1991 綱島駅辺りの散策散歩 東横線 Tsunashima Station Area Walkabout 910920

1991 綱島駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Tsunashima to Hibarigaoka 910920

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-西日暮里駅-北千住駅 Hibarigaoka to Kita-Senju 910921

1991 北千住駅から散歩の出発 Walkabout from Kita-Senju Station 910921

1991 北千住駅近くから西新井駅まで 足立区の下町散策散歩 荒川など Adachi-ku Walkabout 19910921

1991 王子駅辺りの散策散歩 Oji Station Area Walkabout 910921

1991 バスで西新井駅前から王子駅前まで Bus to Oji 910921

1991 王子駅-東京駅-川崎駅 京浜東北線と東海道線 Oji-Tokyo-Kawasaki 910921

1991 川崎駅辺りの散策散歩 Kawasaki Station Area Walkabout 910921

1991 川崎駅-品川駅-大崎駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 東海道線 山手線 西武池袋線 910921


Out in Western Tokyo 170920

八王子駅からバスを20分乗る 20 Minute Hachioji Bus Ride 170920

八王子駅へ入る Entering Hachioji Station 170920

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

No Communication other than Distant...

   I'm still trying to conceptually comprehend the behavior of people almost completely tuning out the people they are in close physical proximity to while they stay in constant text contact with people oceans away via smartphones.  I can't claim complete innocence in this matter, as I spend a bit of time myself writing to people far away (as I am now), however, I still feel like it's good to have some verbal exchanges with people I'm working with and two of the contract positions I have provide an interesting contrast.
   Contract Position #1: Very little smartphone usage - in fact, several of the people I'm working with (myself included) don't even have smartphones and the ones who do usually leave them in their bags.  We don't always have much to say to each other, but since we're not tuned into distant somebodies, when something comes up, we (get ready, I know this is shocking and hard to believe)... we actually *talk* to each other.
   Contract Position #2: Some of the people I have to sit near are in nearly constant electronic text contact with someone far away and even if you say something to them, they just ignore you.  If they're working and their smartphone beckons, they drop their work, pick up their smartphone and respond immediately.  Wouldn't want that someone across the Pacific Ocean to have to wait a microsecond for a response.  Someone they're actually working with in reality?  Ignored.  Frozen out of the loop.  I'll be honest - I'm insulted.  I'm insulted, but I'm also puzzled.  I spend time on-line myself, but when I'm with people, I give the people I'm with priority and turn the bloody devices off.  But not late-twenties people.  Nothing is more important than their bloody smartphones and distant electronic buddies.
   This is anger speaking I suppose, but I'm actually starting to think I hate people in their late-twenties.  I'm hoping to meet some people in that age group who aren't addicted to toxic hand cream and distant electronic communication priority and snubbing the people they are actually with so I won't condemn an entire age group.  Just rotten luck, I'm hoping.  It can't be that an entire age group is so self-centered, rude, and myopic... can it?  (As I typed "can it"? the toxic hand cream came out again....)


Toxic Stinking Hand Creams...

   I suppose it's just a coincidence, but it seems like all the women I work with who are from 26-29 years old are smearing on hand creams several times a day.  What typically happens is this:  I begin work just thinking about what I have to do on the screen, and after a certain amount of time passes, one of these mid-to-late twenties women around me pulls out some hand cream, and then proceeds to lather it all over both sides of their hands (typically spending 45-60 seconds on this process).  As they work the toxic goo all over their hands, the air is filled with a noxious, horrible smell, my eyes start burning, and it becomes difficult to do my work.  After 20-30 minutes, the toxicity dies down enough that my eyes begin to not hurt so much and I can resume working normally... until, that is, one of this category of bipeds pulls out their bloody horrible-smelling noxious toxic hand cream again and poisons the air all over again.
   Smoking and noxious hand creams should both be illegal.
   And, while I'm on the topic, these same mid-to-late twenties women I work with generally can't keep their hands off their smartphones (for personal use, not business) for more than five or ten minutes or so.
   Must just be coincidence, but that's how things are around me this year.  I suppose I should have written this with gender-free vocabulary, but with the people around me, it really is one side that is toxicating the air with hand creams and constantly texting when they should be working....  It's bloody irritating.


Monday, August 21, 2017

1990-91 Various Scenes いろいろ...

I would have liked to clearly identify specifically where all of these were taken, but I tossed these images into a folder over several months and since a bit of time has passed, some of them I'll skip mentioning the location of (rather than guess and maybe get it wrong).  Most of these are from 1991, but some are from 1990.  Either way, they're from the same general era.
Akabane Station - before they elevated all the tracks.  I always found this scene out of the window of a train I often used fascinating.  Structurally, there are other places like this, but generally you don't see the platforms so clearly stacked one over the other the way they are in this picture.
This scene was more interesting in motion.  I took this from a train running in parallel with another train, with the lights of Shinjuku in the background as both trains rapidly approached Shinjuku Station.
Hibarigaoka Station...  This platform looks very different today since they reconstructed the whole station.  Taken at the very beginning of the Heisei Era, this view is basically a Showa Era scene.
Typical way to have a quick and inexpensive lunch - although the atmosphere of new ones seems a little different from when I took this at the beginning of the nineties....
This counter (in Shinjuku Station, near the south exit) always looked like an American style diner to me and I think that was the idea.  I always intended to eat there sometime, but tended to be in a hurry each time I passed it, and so had to just keep walking.
Before pocket-size computers ("smartphones"), on trains you generally either looked out the windows or read text on paper.  An important element of travel at this time was that while you were on the train, you couldn't be reached.  If you wanted to be reached, that could be a frustrating thing, but it was often Very Nice to relax and look out the window, knowing you were free from interference from anyone not on the train, and (from a modern point-of-view) free from people accusingly confronting you later in the day with complaints along the lines of: "I sent you a text message this morning... why didn't you respond in two microseconds?"
Construction in the background - Tokyo seems as though it's in a perpetual state of reconstruction, so some structure being built in the background becomes a normal part of what you see just about anywhere in the city you happen to be in.
There's a stance women sometimes take where they look a bit like the kanji character for women: 女 and I thought the woman at the end of the platform looked that way, so took a quick picture just before the train arrived.
While modern cameras have ever higher resolution, since people are increasingly then going into the photo and blanking out identifiable details (store names, faces, etc.), what's the point of taking pictures in high resolution?  Often I think it's better to just take low-resolution pictures in the first place.
The other thing about the pre-cell phone era(s), is that when you were with someone, you were actually with them.  Once everyone started carrying cell phones, typically people tune out the people they are actually with in favor of someone far away - connected to them via information flow via the electronic device.
Responding to crowded conditions during the commuting period, the system has been expanded (more trains, more routes, some new lines, and more connecting trains - so you don't have to transfer as much).
These were very early days for electronic moving image recording (analog, but still electronic), so a fair amount of light was required for very clear pictures.  That said, I often like the atmosphere of some of the dark images I took back then.  And... the lighting actually was less intense then than now.  Lighting tends to be Very Bright these days (often much too bright, in my opinion).
The old machines they used for issuing train passes where quite complicated!
It was around this time that they became stricter about bicycle parking.  These days you (usually anyway) don't see bicycles parked here and there, in whatever space someone could find as they rushed to the station....
自転車 自転車 自転車
It's taken me a long time to figure out specific details of why I liked/like the old train carriages better than the new ones, but the main two issues are air quality (vastly superior in the older type, with many air vents, openable windows, and general leakage through the old type windows (a kind of accidental ventilation system) - and better quality light.  Most new trains are using LED lighting that is very harsh and much brighter than is comfortable.
Materials are important.  With wood and steel being much more atmospheric than plastic.  The long wooden benches (see below) were nice, but are almost nonexistent now.
I don't know what the woman in front of me was looking at (below), but it wasn't a smartphone.  Probably she was reading a book (the paper kind).  Once you get used to the rush-rush-rush of going about in Tokyo, you just keep reading something while the train comes in and then stop reading just long enough to board the train.
Tokyo Station is becoming (of course) ever more modern.  In 1991, I always felt a connection with the past while at Tokyo Station, but while they reconstructed the station in the old style (which is nice), the general feeling of the station is New.
Taken before they moved the Chuo Line over and up (to enable expansion of the Shinkansen part of the station).  Looking at these pictures now, I realize how much of the Showa Era was still remaining.  The atmosphere is Very Different now....
In 1991, if you wanted to read something on the train, the only way was text on paper.
Fast disappearing even back then, some stations still have wooden beams holding up wooden roofs.  I can't complain about modern roofs, but ones made of steel and wood are certainly more atmospheric than ones made with more synthetic materials.
Part of the dark effect in these pictures is due to the weakness of early era image sensors, but the stations really were much less brightly lit then.  They're so brightly lit now, you almost need sunglasses on them....
Not sure anyone cares what I was listening to - but back then I always walked around with Japanese language tapes playing, with a Japanese (vocal) song here and there on the tape to break up the monotony of always listening to voice recordings.
People standing and reading things in front of book stores was a common sight back then.  Now people tend to read everything on their smartphones and there are fewer and fewer bookstores.
One thing I definitely like better about 2017 than 1991 is they have widened many sidewalks, and that is definitely a good thing.  Many of the sidewalks were really narrow and very frustrating to walk on if you were in a hurry....
The buses I rode at at the time had wooden floors.  I didn't think about it much at the time, but recently (when I see pictures like this one again), I find myself wondering why they used wood.  Good strength to weight ratio maybe?
Since getting in touch with people via the telephone (while outside) meant using a public phone, it was second nature to make a mental note of where they were, and when one was open, grab the chance to call someone.
Walking down the street in Ikebukuro.  Actually... this scene is pretty much the same now, although several new buildings have gone up on the right side of the road.
The old shotengai streets... I've always liked the atmosphere on them, and find I miss them more and more as they disappear.
The woman on the left of the picture (standing behind me) may well be thinking "What in the world is he doing anyway?".  I was often asked that back then - "What are you doing?"  Most people didn't take their own pictures back then.
I used to make regular stops at Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku (and Bic Camera in Ikebukuro) to buy tape - audio cassette tape, 8mm tape (for my video camera), and VHS tape for a home video deck (to watch rental movies on and record TV shows, etc.)  I never suspected that tape would so soon become an Ancient Technology!  Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to see it go, as it was so fragile, but it's still a little strange to think how such a normal part of life at the time is now ancient history.
Nishi-Shinjuku... many detail changes, but it's more or less similar to this 1991 picture.  Oh, going back to tape - there was one detail about tape that I really liked.  Within a two hour tape, you could take as many scenes as you liked, so it was easier to have high scene counts back then.  I would prefer to still be taking video that way, but the equipment (and software) I have now dictate that one video is one scene.  That's not all bad, but it's no good when you want to do a walkabout and compress five or six hours of walking around into one high-scene-count video of 45 minutes or so....
To be honest, I've used some out-of-focus stuff from auto-focus cameras before that (accidentally) turned out looking interesting, but with the analog cameras I used back then, I very quickly gave up on auto-focus (mainly due to it being way too slow for my purposes), so this (below) was by design.  I had to mentally project for color though, as the (CRT!) display was in black and white.
Shinjuku Station - looking at this now I remember the feeling of so many places in the city as having a mix of the new Heisei Era and the just ended Showa Era.  Looking at this picture now, I get that feeling again....
Another shotengai street.  I didn't think about them in detail before, but while the system of there being many small shops and not many big ones did lead to higher prices, they also led to lower crime rates and a much friendlier feeling in neighborhoods throughout Japan....
And that's the last picture in this batch.  This particular combination came about yesterday as I was looking through about 5,000 images.  Just going through (even rapidly) 5,000 images takes a bit of time, so I couldn't (time-wise) carefully categorize things and just grabbed images from here and there (within the batch of 5,000) that stood out to me.  Basically kind of thinking "Who knows if I'll ever actually have the time to do this properly... so let me at least toss a few of the images I particularly like on-line."   ......  And here we are!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Who Needs Verbal Communication Anyway?

(2017/03...) - It's something often written/commented on - but the reality of sitting next to someone who only - grudgingly - talks to the person they are actually working next to (and with - on occasion), but picks up their bloody micro-computer ("smartphone") every 30 seconds or so to exchange messages with people far away... is quite depressing.  And so to do something about the frustration/irritation, I've (what else?) turned to the computer in front of me to write this.  I can't talk to the people I'm actually *with*, so (naturally) [sarcasm?] I turn to the wires to hopefully communicate with someone out there - somewhere - looking at this on their computer screen.
..... Yeah... it's so depressing, that I've already run out of things to say.  That's it - above.  Ah, an accent to my communication blues today was another work colleague who (out of the blue) said today how wonderful technology is.  "Just think..." they enthused, "thirty years ago, people couldn't do all the wonderful things we do with computers now!".
   True enough, and I like computer technology myself, but just as its dark side is becoming more visible (and/or harder to ignore), I can't start myself bouncing off the walls with enthusiasm about how wonderful computers are today - in March of 2017.  But I need to cut my colleague some slack.  When you first become aware of being able to do things (via a computer) that you didn't think you could do, it *is* exciting.  Still the always-texting, never-talking biped sitting next to me depresses me - a lot.
   I thought I was finished, but there's that theme of people only reading the news (or propaganda masquerading as the news) they want to see, and so it is with text between friends.  With distance being no issue (for text), why bother talking with the person next to you when you could be spending that time exchanging text with an old friend on the other side of the planet?  (Said half seriously and half in sarcasm....)

Update:  Fast-forward to June 2017....  I had decided not to post the above, but over the months, and very much so today, the young person constantly texting with people via her bloody smartphone is irritating me all over again.  I remember back in... 1997 I think it was, when I was walking down the street (on my way to the station), I passed a couple of young people walking side-by-side, but talking with someone far away on their cell phones.  I thought then, have thought over the years, and continue to think today, that it's rude and kind of stupid to ignore the people you are actually with in favor of people far away (via computers).  But... that's the world we live in I guess.
   And - an interesting thing - now that I'm writing behind the back of the person sitting at the next desk to me (but a million miles away in all respects other than physical), suddenly, by talking to you (hello computer screen buddies!) with her out-of-the-loop, suddenly I don't feel as bad about her continually poking her smartphone screen in text communication with people I don't know.  So there it is - we snub each other by talking with others via the screen - and suddenly everything is okay?  Well... things feel a *little* better.  Her bloody smartphone and thumb entry of little blurbs back and forth with someone is *still* bloody irritating!

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tokyo Views from 1991, 2016, and 2017

It's been about five months since I've updated video links... yikes!  This thing where the older I get, the more I wish I had more time to do the things I want to do... keeps coming to mind.  For some reason, I keep remembering a specific day from my childhood; I think I was about ten years old at the time - and it was a hot summer day during the summer break.  For whatever reason, I was bored and wishing I had something to do.  When I think back on that now, I get angry at that ten-year-old kid.  I'd like to jump in a time machine and go have a word with him: "Hey you!  Listen up!  This is the future you here and I've got a message for you.  There is *always* something to do!  If you need a specific suggestion right now, then take this one to heart:  Start studying Japanese now!  Today!  Go to the library and borrow whatever they have to get started.  I suspect that they won't have great material, but they're bound to have *something*.  If you get started with learning Japanese now, you'll be helping your future self out, and anyway, once you get going with a foreign language, it's fun!"
有楽町12月の光 Yurakucho December Lights イルミネーション 161201
Old Building Construction Details 161201
Scaffolding 161209

There are a lot of links in this post, so I won't be able to put images by all of them, but I'll try to put images here and there going down the page - I'll try to put images relevant to the video links they are near, but will also put in some pictures that aren't connected to the links in any way - such as the first one at the top of this page.

Train Station - Ka-Thunk-Ka-Thunk Overhead Train Sounds 161213
夜新宿駅の一部 Train Station at Night 161213

地下鉄のエスカレーター Subway Escalator 161226

銀座線のトンネルビュー 三越前駅辺り Ginza Line Tunnel View 161226

夕暮れの万世橋 Twilight Manseibashi Bridge 161226
秋葉原駅 山手線が遣って来る Yamanote Line Arriving at Akihabara 161226
Narrow Passageway to Street 161226

西武新宿駅 ホームの様子 Platform View at Seibu-Shinjuku Station 161129
神田駅 ホームの様子 Kanda Station Platform Views 161201
Walking Down Stairs to the Sixth Floor 161201
高田馬場駅-目白駅-池袋駅 山手線 Takadanobaba to Ikebukuro - Yamanote Line 161203

南大塚 朝の道 Minami-Otsuka Morning Streets 161203
御茶ノ水駅-四ッ谷駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Yotsuya - Chuo Line 161203
新橋駅辺り 窓から新幹線を見る Watching Trains from Train Window 161209

夕方有楽町駅ホームの様子 Yurakucho Station Evening Platform View 161209
   Regarding one of my 1991 videos, I was asked this: "Would you say the areas changed much over the last 26 years or not?", and since I imagine others might also be interested in this topic, here is the (slightly edited here) reply I wrote (originally at YouTube in the comment section of one of my 1991 videos):
   It's actually kind of hard to answer that, because it depends on what you're comparing exactly.  If you look at the buildings, the changes are certainly there, but the overall effect isn't one of great change.  If you look at hair styles and clothes, the young women of 1991 look a bit different than the young women of 2017.  (There are differences between the men as well, but not as pronounced.)
   Going to language, there are a number of minor changes - a fairly big one that comes to mind is how - from around 1996 (at least that's when I started hearing it) young people suddenly decided that the final い ("i", pronounced "ee") in words like "samui", "atsui", etc. should be dropped, so instead of stepping out into the cold in the winder and saying "Samui!", it became "Samu!".  Considering how suddenly that particular change happened, I'm assuming it began on TV - probably some popular TV personality was saying that on-air and then people started imitated it?  (Personally, I don't agree with that change, and refuse to go along with it.)
   Um... what else...  Windows!!!  (The kind that fill in holes in buildings and vehicles.)  In 1991, people still liked to open windows (on trains, etc.) to let in fresh air, but in 2017, it seems like people don't want any exchange happening between inside and outside air... I don't know the reasons exactly, but there is definitely a huge change in how people use windows (probably due to not everyone having air conditioning in 1991...).
   And so on.  Overall, if you read about how society functioned 100 years ago, fundamentally, things are much the same in many ways.  A country's culture has a lot of kinetic energy that carries forward how society functions.  But if you look at things in detail, there are no end of differences.....
夜の銀座 Nighttime Ginza Side Street 161216
有楽町年末イルミネーション Illuminated Street in Yurakucho 161216
有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 161216

高田馬場駅 東西線が遣って来て乗って出発 Boarding Tozai Line 161226
銀座線で On a Ginza Line Platform 161226

1991 栃木市の散策散歩と昔の栃木駅の様子 Tochigi City Walkabout 910119

1991 平成三年 地上の栃木駅 両毛線 東武線 Former Tochigi Station 910119

1991 栃木駅-佐野駅 両毛線 Tochigi to Sano - Ryomo Line 910119

1991 栃木県佐野市 散策散歩 Sano City Tochigi Walkabout 910119

1991 平成三年 地上の佐野駅 Sano Station in 1991 910119

1991 両毛線 佐野駅-高崎駅 Ryomo Line - Sano to Takasaki 910119

1991 夜の高崎駅 Nighttime Takasaki Station 910119

1991 高崎駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Takasaki to Hibarigaoka 910119

夜中 Middle of the Night 170111
ひばりが丘北が26年前より大分変わりました 170113
Empty Bus at Night 170125
Narrow Pathway in Suburbia 170127
Chuo Line Train Arriving at Takao Station 170130
夜の新宿駅 中央線ホームの様子 Nighttime Chuo Line Platform at Shinjuku 170110

夜中の国立駅中央線ホームの様子 Midnight Kunitachi Station Platform 170111
夜中の国立駅 中央線を乗る Boarding Midnight Chuo Line Train at Kunitachi 170111
大崎駅 15車両の電車が遣って来る Watching 15-Car Train Arriving at Osaki 170113

夕暮れの電車が通る 五の一 Twilight Train Passing - 1 of 5 170113

夕暮れの電車が通る 五の二 Twilight Train Passing - 2 of 5 170113
夕暮れの電車が通る 五の三 Twilight Train Passing - 3 of 5 170113

夕暮れの電車が通る 五の四 Twilight Train Passing - 4 of 5 170113

夕暮れの電車が通る 五の五 Twilight Train Passing - 5 of 5 170113
夜中の国立駅 中央線を乗る Boarding Midnight Chuo Line Train at Kunitachi 170111

新宿思い出横丁 Shinjuku-Omoide-Yokocho 170110
新宿駅-池袋駅 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro - Shonan-Shinjuku Line - For Kagohara 170113

夜の西武池袋線が通る Night Seibu Line Train Passing 170113

Trains Passing in the Night 夜の電車 170113

神田駅 京浜東北線と山手線 Kanda Station Platform 170120

山手線 大崎駅-品川駅 Evening Yamanote Line 170127
秋葉原駅 ホームからエスカレーターまで Akihabara Station Platform 170127

秋葉原の広場 Akihabara Plaza by Station at Night 170127

Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Akihabara Station 170127
湘南新宿ライン 大崎駅-恵比寿駅-渋谷駅-新宿駅 Showa-Shinjuku Line 170113

新宿駅-池袋駅 湘南新宿ライン高崎線通過 籠原行き 普通 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro 170113

夜の踏切の辺り 二の一 Nighttime Railroad Crossing 1 of 2 170113

夜の踏切の辺り 二の二 Nighttime Railroad Crossing 2 of 2 170113
夜ひばりヶ丘駅隣の踏切辺り 二の一 Nighttime Railroad Crossing 1 of 2 170113

夜ひばりヶ丘駅隣の踏切辺り 二の二 Nighttime Railroad Crossing 2 of 2 170113
西武池袋線の池袋駅 夕方ホームの様子 Seibu Ikebukuro Station 170113

ひばりヶ丘駅で 西武池袋線の京急線風の赤い色電車の出発 Hibarigaoka Station 170113
ひばりヶ丘駅と駅辺りの北口散策散歩 Hibarigaoka East Side Walkabout 170113

夜のひばりヶ丘駅 改札口からホームまで Hibarigaoka Station 170113

ひばりヶ丘駅 夜の下り線の出発 Boarding Train at Hibarigaoka 170113

新宿 夜の平日道の散歩 Shinjuku Weekday Nighttime Streets 170117
新宿東口 夜の散策散歩 Nighttime Shinjuku East Side 170117

夜の新宿 Side Street Stroll 170117
山手線 品川-田町-浜松町-新橋-有楽町-東京-神田-秋葉原-夜窓の風景 Yamanote Line 170127

銀座新しいビル内 Inside New Building in Ginza 170203
15車両の電車が通る Passing 15-Car Train 170204

Afternoon Takadanobaba 高田馬場駅隣 170204

Faucet - Cool Design - Never Ever Drips - Ever 170204
銀座エスカレーター Ginza Escalator 170203

陰陽五行 神まさこ個展 銀座Gallery-G2 - 2017年2月の展示会 Masako Jin Exhibition

上る西武新宿線 Inbound Seibu-Shinjuku Line 170204

山手線と京浜東北線が同時に遣って来る Simultaneous Arrival 170202g

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro 910122

1991 夕方池袋駅辺り Evening Ikebukuro Walkabout 910122

1991 夕方通勤ラッシュ池袋駅 Ikebukuro Station Evening Rush 910122

1991 新宿駅 夕方通勤ラッシュ Shinjuku Station Evening Rush 910122

1991 西新宿の散策散歩 夕方と夜 Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout 910122

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910122

1991年のひばりヶ丘駅辺りとひばりヶ丘駅 Hibarigaoka Station Area 910124

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅 西武池袋線と埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910124

1991 夕方西新宿散策散歩 Evening Nishi-Shinjuku Walkabout 910124

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅 埼京線 木曜日の夜 有人改札出口 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro 910124

1991 池袋駅 木曜日 午後九時 Ikebukuro Station on Thursday Night 910124

1991 池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 西武池袋線 Ikebukuro to Hibarigaoka - Seibu Line 910124

1991 上野-浅草-栃木-新栃木-宇都宮 銀座線と東武線 Ueno to Utsunomiya 910126

1991 宇都宮の散策散歩 昼 Utsunomiya Walkabout Afternoon 910126

1991 宇都宮の夕方と夜の散策散歩 Utsunomiya Walkabout 910126

1991 宇都宮の夕方と夜バス Utsunomiya Evening Bus Ride 910126f

1991 宇都宮駅-浦和駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Utsunomiya to Hibarigaoka 910126

1991 ひばりが丘-池袋駅-新宿 西武池袋線と夕方埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910129

1991 西新宿 元淀橋 夕暮れと夜 Nishi-Shinjuku Former Yodobashi 910129

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 埼京線と西武池袋線 Shinjuku to Hibarigaoka 910129
Windy Day 170217
大崎駅-品川駅 山手線 Osaki to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 170217

有楽町駅のホームの様子 山手線の出発 Yurakucho Station Platform View 170217

Suzanne Squires Exhibition - Gallery Ginza Kobo ギャラリー銀座巷房 170217

Suburbia 170223

日本橋駅 東西線 Tozai Line at Nihonbashi - Platform View 170224

御茶ノ水駅-神田駅 中央線 Ochanomizu to Kanda - Chuo Line 170209
雨の日 Rainy Day Wet Evening Sidewalk - Quick Look 170209

Evening Seibu-Shinjuku Line Departing Takadanobaba 西武新宿線 170214

Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Kanda 神田駅 山手線 170217
品川駅-田町駅 山手線 Shinagawa to Tamachi - Yamanote Line 170217

たなか鮎子小品展 コペルニクスの箱庭 銀座巷房 階段下 Ayuko Tanaka Exhibition Kobo 170217

冬の木 Winter Trees 170218
浜松町駅-田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Hamamatsucho to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 170217

1991 清瀬の昼散策散歩 Kiyose Daytime Walkabout 910202

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅-西新宿-新宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910131

1991 宮原駅までとからの旅 Trip to Miyahara 910201

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-清瀬駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Kiyose - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 91020215

1991 西武バス ひばりが丘駅前-田無駅前 駅前通商店街と戻る Seibu Bus Ride 910202

中目黒駅_ホームの様子 木曜日の夕方 Nakameguro Station Platform View 170302

Chiaki Fujihara Exhibition 水底にかけるいす Gallery Camellia 170302

Tokyo to Naka-Meguro Part-One - Yamanote Line Until Shinagawa 東京駅-大崎駅 170302

Tokyo to Naka-Meguro Part-Two - Shibuya Transfer 渋谷駅-中目黒駅 乗り換えなど 170302

1991 Picture Noise - Camera Trouble 910209

1991 Remote Mic Test 910213

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-新宿駅 Hibarigaoka to Shinjuku 910212

1991 新宿の散策散歩 夕暮れと夜 Shinjuku Walkabout Twilight and Night 910212

1991 新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Shinjuku to Ikebukuro Station Etc 910212

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-新宿駅-西新宿散歩-新宿駅-池袋駅-ひばりが丘 910214

1991 貨物列車 池袋駅を通る Freight Train Passing Ikebukuro Station 910214

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-原宿駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 雨の日 Hibarigaoka to Harajuku - Rain 910215

1991 黒磯駅 Kuroiso Station 910216

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-上野駅-黒磯駅 快速ラビット Trip to Kuroiso 910216

1991 黒磯市散策散歩 黒磯駅から出発 Kuroiso Walkabout from Station 910216

1990 新橋散策散歩 SL広場など 地下鉄 Shinbashi Walkabout 900326

1990 Wild Camera 彼方此方 西武池袋線と都電荒川線など Seibu and Arakawa Lines 900327

1990 大塚駅 Otsuka Station 900327

1990 京浜東北線 有楽町散歩 銀座線 日本橋 Keihin-Tohoku Line - Yurakucho Walkabout 900329

1990 ひばりが丘 南口 Hibarigaoka South Side 900330

1990 池袋駅 夕方ラッシュ 春休み中 Ikebukuro Station Evening Rush 900330

1990 六本木の夜 バブルの金曜日 銀座駅スタート Roppongi Bubble Era Friday Night 900330

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-上野駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Ueno 910316

1991 池袋駅-土曜日の午前九時過ぎ Ikebukuro Station at 930AM 910316

1991 上野の土曜日 上野駅 東上野 アメヤ横丁など Ueno Saturday Walkabout 910316

1991 上野駅-蓮田駅 宇都宮線 Ueno to Hasuda - Utsunomiya Line 910316

1991 蓮田駅辺りの散策散歩など Hasuda Station Area Walkabout 910316

1991 蓮田駅-赤羽駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hasuda to Hibarigaoka 910316

1991 ひばりが丘-池袋駅 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu Line 910324

1991 池袋 日曜日の散策散歩 Ikebukuro East Side Sunday Walkabout 910324

1991 池袋駅-上野駅-御徒町駅-上野駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Ueno - Yamanote Line 910324

1991 上野 日曜日の様子 Ueno - Parkside View on Sunday 910324

1991 上野駅-浅草駅-京成曳舟駅 都営浅草線と京成押上線 Ueno to Keisei-Hikifune 910324

1991 京成曳舟駅と向島一丁目 京成押上線 Keisei-Hikifune Station - Mukojima 910324

1991 夜の上野 Nighttime Ueno 910413

1991 上野駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武線 Ueno to Hibarigaoka 910413

1991 夕方の向島と夜の京成関屋駅 Evening Mukojima Night Sekiya Station 910413

1991 京成関屋駅 夜の様子 Keisei-Sekiya Station - Night View 910413

1991 京成関屋駅-京成上野駅 Keisei-Sekiya to Keisei-Ueno 910413

1991 ひばりが丘南口 工事始まる前 Pre-Construction Area in Hibarigaoka 910417

1991 東京のひばりが丘と東久留米市 長い散策散歩 Higashikurume Etc 910415

1991 ひばりが丘南口の散策散歩 Hibarigaoka South Side Suburbia 910417

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-東京駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Tokyo 910420

1991 東京駅 昼間の様子 In and Around Tokyo Station 910420

1991 丸の内と色々 土曜日散策散歩 Marunouchi Saturday Walkabout 910420

1991 ガード下の切手屋 東京駅の近く Stamp Shop Under Tracks 910420

1991 丸ノ内野村ビルディング 第三号館 Marunouchi-Nomura Building-3 910420

1991 日比谷公園など 夕方と夜 Evening and Nighttime Hibiya Park Etc 910420

1991 VHS Video and CD Rental Shop 910212

東京中央郵便局 記念切手 Tokyo Central Post Office Commemorative Stamps 910420

夜の日比谷公園など Nighttime Hibiya Park and Hibiya Subway Station 910420

1991年の逓信総合博物館 ていぱーく The Communications Museum 910420

東京中央ビルディング 富士通プラザ 丸の内 コンピューター Computer Showroom 910420

1991年 最新技術のビデオカメラ Sony CCC-V800

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 910420

1991 日比谷駅-中目黒駅-日吉駅 日比谷線と東横線 Hibiya to Hiyoshi 910420

1991 ひばりが丘-池袋-ATM-赤坂見附 Hibarigaoka to Akasaka-mitsuke 910422

1991 赤坂見附お昼始まりの散策散歩 Akasaka-mitsuke Lunch Hour Beginning 910422

1991 赤坂 昼の長い散策散歩 立ち読み 工事現場など Akasaka Walkabout 910422

1991 赤坂見附駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Akasaka-mitsuke to Hibarigaoka 910422

1991 田無タワーへの旅 田無駅前通商店街など Trip to Tanashi Tower 910424

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅前の工事手前の建物を壊す始め頃 Demolition in Hibarigaoka 910424

1991 元田無市の古い店 昭和時代の響き Old Store in Old Tanashi 910424

1991 新青梅街道の散策散歩など Shin-Omekaido Walkabout 910424

1991 西武バス 田無駅近くで乗ってひばりヶ丘駅近くで降りる Seibu Bus 910424
東京駅 夕方ホームの様子 Tokyo Station Platform Stroll 170414
品川駅の窓 Shinagawa Station Window 170304
珍しい電車を通る Unusual Train Passing By 170313

駅の反射 Station Reflections 170314

新宿駅 ホームの様子 Shinjuku Station Platform View 170314

西武多摩湖線の電車が通る Seibu Tamako Line Train Passing By 170318

新橋駅-浜松町駅 山手線 Shinbashi to Hamamatsucho - Yamanote Line 170304

高田馬場駅ホームの様子 Takadanobaba Platform 170401n

銀座一丁目 Sidewalk Scene 170401

Nearly Empty Nighttime Train Car 170401
八王子駅へ向かう 歩く Walking Towards Hachioji Station 170404

八王子駅前の夜広場 Nighttime Hachioji Plaza 170404

夜の八王子駅前 Walking to Hachioji Station at Night 170404

夜の西新宿の横道 Nishi-Shinjuku Sidestreet 170407n

People Walking by in Shinjuku Reflection 170407

Outbound Chuo Line Nighttime Window View 170407n

夜の新宿駅新南口の様子 雨の後 Nighttime Shinjuku After a Rain 170411

新宿駅 Waiting for a Train 170413

新宿の夜 春の声 Nighttime Voices in Shinjuku 170418

駒込駅-田端駅 山手線 新型 Sugamo to Tabata - Yamanote Line 170401

秋葉原 雨の横道 Akihabara Rainy Day Side Street 170401

秋葉原駅-御徒町駅-上野駅 京浜東北線 Akihabara to Ueno - Keihin-Tohoku Line 170401

御徒町駅-秋葉原駅 京浜東北線 Okachimachi to Akihabara - Keihin-Tohoku Line 170401

八王子の夜の横道 Hachioji Nighttime Side Streets 170404

八王子エスカレーター Hachioji Escalator 170404

夜の新宿 電車と思い出横丁 Omoide-Yokocho in Shinjuku 170407
夜の中央線 新宿駅から中野駅へ向かう Departing Shinjuku Station 170407

東小金井駅-武蔵小金井駅近く 夜の中央線 Nighttime Chuo Line 170407

神田駅の山手線 Yamanote Line Train Arriving at Kanda 170414

神田駅-東京駅 山手線 Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 170414

東京駅 Tokyo Station - Evening Express Train Arriving 170414

東京駅-有楽町駅 山手線 Tokyo to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line 170414

夜の東京駅と高層ビルと風 Nighttime Tokyo Station Etc 170420

下り中央線 三鷹駅-武蔵境駅 夜の風景 Nighttime Window View 170407g

大塚駅-巣鴨駅 山手線 新型 Otsuka to Sugamo - New Type Yamanote Line 170401g
1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-西池袋-銀座駅-銀座 西武線と丸ノ内線-営団500形 910425

1991 Nissan Figaro - Ginza Showroom Window 銀座4丁目 910425

1991 銀座駅 木曜日の昼の様子 Ginza Station on a Thursday 910425

1991 銀座駅-三越前駅 銀座線 Ginza to Mitsukoshimae - Ginza Line 910425

1991 銀座 木曜日の散歩 雨の日 Ginza on a Rainy Thursday Afternoon 910425

1991 神田駅 Kanda Station 910425

1991 日本橋 三越前駅から神田駅までの散策散歩 Walking to Kanda Station 910425

1991 池袋駅-秋葉原駅 山手線 Ikebukuro to Akihabara - Yamanote Line 910501

1991 池袋の散策散歩 東口 西武百貨店入り口から Ikebukuro East Side Walkabout 910501

1991 ひばりが丘-池袋 西武池袋線 Hibarigaoka to Ikebukuro - Seibu-Ikebukuro Line 910501

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 910427

1991 渋谷駅-日吉駅 東横線 Shibuya to Hiyoshi - Toyoko Line 910427

1991 夕方出発 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-渋谷駅 渋谷散歩 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya 910427

1991 神田駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 山手線と西武池袋線 Kanda to Hibarigaoka 910425
Coins 170506

Lonely Suburban Station at Night 170509

高尾駅-高尾山口駅 京王線 夕方 170510

高尾山口駅-高尾駅 京王線 夜 170510

Party Echoes 170428

Trains in the Night 新宿駅 渋谷区の新南口 170502

ゆ 170510

Lines 170509

新宿思い出横丁 春の夜 170502g

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-渋谷駅 西武池袋線と山手線 Hibarigaoka to Shibuya 910511

1991 渋谷 土曜日の一日中散策散歩 代官山まで Shibuya Saturday Walkabout 910511

武蔵境駅辺りの窓風景 中央線 Musashisakai Station Vicinity 170512

神田駅-東京駅-有楽町駅-新橋駅 山手線 Kanda to Shinbashi - Yamanote Line 170519

田町駅-品川駅 山手線 Tamachi to Shinagawa - Yamanote Line 170519
Across from the Stand Bar 170519
Stylized Lyle - Stairway Echoes 170519

Stylized Lyle - Beautiful Day in Tokyo 170519

Stylized Lyle - Train Travel Beats Traveling by Car 170519

Stylized Lyle - No-Car No-Parking No-Gasoline No-Worries 170519

Stylized Lyle - Shinbashi to Yurakucho 170519

Stylized Lyle - Time-Slip-Zone Stand Bar in Yurakucho 170519
Stylized Lyle - Art Space Rondo - Banzai 170519

夕方の有楽町 駅辺り Evening Yurakucho Near the Station 170519
夜の有楽町 線路隣の道 Yurakucho 170519

有楽町駅-東京駅 山手線 Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line 170519
有楽町の焼き鳥夜 五月の金曜日 Yakitori Yurakucho 170519
1991 武蔵浦和駅からの散策散歩 Walkabout from Musashi-Urawa Station 910604

1991 ひばりヶ丘駅-池袋駅-武蔵浦和駅 西武池袋線と埼京線 Hibarigaoka to Musashi-Urawa 910604

1991 自由が丘駅 東横線 東京急行 土曜日の夜 Jiyugaoka Station Saturday Night 910601

1991 日吉駅-渋谷駅-池袋駅-ひばりヶ丘駅 土曜日の夜 Hiyoshi to Hibarigaoka 910601

1991 自由が丘駅-日吉駅 東横線 など Jiyugaoka to Hiyoshi Etc 910601
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon