All a long way of saying that I'm thinking it would be a logistically practical thing for me to record some thoughts verbally in videos rather than wait for time to write that I never seem to find.
And so, I made two pairs of videos in Shinjuku this week - each pair saying basically the same thing, with one (the JV version) being in Japanese (not my native language, so...) and the other (the EV version) being in English. Here are the first pair - talking about how Shinjuku is the one place in Japan I've consistently spent time in (for one reason or another) for the entire 34 years I've been in Japan.
JV-1 新宿は故郷みたい 180717
EV-1 Shinjuku - My Hometown in Tokyo 180717
Once I started off with the first two, later that same evening (in a different part of Shinjuku) I decided to comment on something that's come up now and then regarding the early nineties videos - people will comment on change, or lack of change, and not infrequently, someone will comment on a video that shows a place that has undergone quite a lot of change and say "Nothing has changed!". I'm not sure that that is, but something is wrong/strange about the comment, since it's factually wrong. In any case, as I say in the following two videos, whether a place has changed or not isn't really the point - it's just a record of what a particular moment on a particular day looked and sounded like.
JV-2 一世代前から変わったのか変わっていないのか 180717
EV-2 Everything Has Changed or Nothing Has 180717
And while we're on the topic - here are some playlists for videos I took in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. The peak year was 1991....
1990年 (over 700 videos) 1991年 (over 1,000 videos)
1992年 (about 250 videos) 1993年 (79 videos)
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon