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blog-L - (2010b)


"Hachioji Bus, Tozai Line, Shinjuku, Ebisu, Seibu Line, Etc."

This batch of clips is not in exact chronological order, but includes views from Hachioji, Shinjuku, Ebisu and several train lines - including the Tozai, Seibu, Chuo, and Yamanote lines.

This will likely be the last post of 2010.  It's been an interesting year and artistically productive, but a financial disaster.  2011 - from the vantage point of December 31st, 2010 - looks to contain some seriously stormy weather, but even more than that, there are huge questions about what direction things will take.  There are good and bad trends in force, so... so... what to say?  I'll soldier on and hopefully things will head in a good direction.

Riding on a Bus in Hachioji-B (101219-1935)

Riding on a city bus in Hachioji at night. (B)

Tozai Cab View - Takebashi to Otemachi (101220-1335)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train as it rolls from Takebashi to Otemachi.

Tozai Cab View - Otemachi to Nihonbashi (101220-1337)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train as it rolls from Otemachi to Nihonbashi, and then watching (from the platform) the train leave the station.

Walking into Nishi-Shinjuku (101220-1904)

Walking into Nishi-Shinjuku and then over towards Yodobashi Camera.

Waiting for a Train at Yurakucho (101220-2310)

Waiting for a late-night train at Yurakucho Station.

Cool Band at What the Dickens in Ebisu (101215-2031)

Listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu.

Walking Towards Ebisu Station (101215-2127)

Walking towards Ebisu Station after listening to a band at What the Dickens.

Chuo Line Train Leaving Nishi-Hachioji Station (101219-1246)

Watching a Chuo Line train depart Nishi-Hachioji Station.

Walking in the Woods in Hachioji (101219-1549)

Still in Tokyo - walking in the woods in Hachioji.

Walking Along a Road in Hachioji at Night (101219-1918)

Walking along a cold road in Hachioji at night.

Riding on a Bus in Hachioji (101219-1931)

Riding on a bus in Hachioji late one night.

Seibu Line - Arriving at Kodaira Station (101220-1255)

Seibu Line - Arriving at Kodaira Station while looking out a left-side window.

Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba Station (101220-1322)

Tozai Line train pulling into the station at Takadanobaba.

Tozai Line Front Cab View - Arriving at Kudanshita (101220-1332)

Looking out the front cab of a Tozai Line train arriving at Kudanshita Station.

Outbound Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku (101220-1900)

Walking down the platform at Shinjuku Station - past a stopped outbound Chuo Line train.

Yurakucho-SB (101220-2307)

Late night at the Yurakucho SB.

Waiting for a Train at Kanda Station (101220-2056)

Watching a Shinkansen go by while waiting for the Yamanote Line at Kanda Station.

Exiting Shinjuku Station via South Exit (101220-1901)

Walking through crowds near Shinjuku's south exit.



"Yamanashi Bus Trip, Shinjuku, Yamanote Cab View, and Ebisu Back Streets"

This batch begins with a few clips from a recent one-day bus trip I took to Yamanashi Prefecture (Club Tourism - "Mt. Fuji & Hot Springs").  Then there are night scenes looking through the front cab of a Yamanote Line train, and of Shinjuku Station and areas around Shinjuku.  After that are some views of Ebisu - including a back street view.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Approaching Winery (December 2010)

Inside a bus on a trip to Yamanashi Prefecture - approaching a Winery.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Vineyards Through Open Window (December 2010)

Looking out a bus window at vineyards (and other things) on a trip to Yamanashi Prefecture.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Driving Through Winter Forest (December 2010)

Watching patterns of light and shadow in the bus while riding through a winter forest in Yamanashi Prefecture.

Yamanashi Bus Trip - Clear Water Near Mt. Fuji (December 2010)

Looking into clear water with large trout near Mt. Fuji during a bus trip to Yamanashi Prefecture.

Highway Side View Near Tokyo (December 2010)

Looking out of a bus window at the side view on an expressway near Tokyo.

Bus Rear View of Heavy Traffic (December 2010)

Looking out the rear window of a bus in an expressway traffic jam.

Shinjuku Walk - East Exit to Near Kabukicho (101215-2151)

Walking from near the east exit of Shinjuku Station to near the entrance to Kabukicho.

Looking Around Near Seibu Shinjuku Station (101215-2156)

Looking around near the entrance to Seibu Shinjuku Station.

Yamanote Line - Night Front Cab View from Yoyogi to Shinjuku (101215-2140)

Looking out the front of a Yamanote Line train as it runs from Yoyogi to Shinjuku.

Yamanote Line Train Departing Shinjuku at Night (101215-2142)

Watching a Yamanote Line train departing Shinjuku Station.

Shinjuku Station - West Exit Ticket Gates (101215-2145)

Watching the busy scene at the west exit of Shinjuku Station.

Walking Through Shinjuku Station - West to East (101215-2147)

Walking through Shinjuku Station near 10:00 p.m. - going from near the west exit to the east exit.

Yamanote Line - Night Front Cab View from Harajuku to Yoyogi (101215-2138)

Looking through the front cab of a nighttime Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Harajuku to Yoyogi.

Train Passing by Ebisu Garden Place (101215-1939)

Watching from a bridge as trains speed by below - past Ebisu Garden Place.

Walking Through Ground Level Section of Ebisu Station (101215-2001)

Walking through the ground-level section of Ebisu Station - heading towards the entrance to the Hibiya Line.

Waiting to Cross Intersection in Ebisu (101215-2002)

Waiting one cold evening to cross an intersection in Ebisu - near Ebisu Station.

Walking Down the Sidewalk in Ebisu (101215-2004)

Walking down a sidewalk in Ebisu - listening and watching the local scene.

Looking Around on Ebisu Back Streets (101215-2022)

Looking around by an old shrine on a section of back streets in Ebisu.



"Boroichi, Bus to Shibuya, Ebisu Garden Place, and Jazz Band in Shinjuku"

This batch of video clips begins with several of the December 2010 Boroichi Street market in Setagaya-ku.  After going to Boroichi, I took a bus to Shibuya Station and a then went over to Ebisu, where I took a look at Ebisu Garden Place.

Another day - I took an early morning Seibu Line train to Shinjuku, and then was busy all day and took some more video clips of Shinjuku in the evening, wrapping up with a clip of a three-piece street jazz band that generated an enthusiastic crowd.

Boroichi 2010 - Main Area (101215-1431)

Walking around in the main area of Setagaya's Boroichi street market.

Boroichi Plants for Sale Area - December 2010 (101215-1501)

Walking through the plants-for-sale area of the December 2010 Boroichi in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

Boroichi - Crowded Food Section (101215-1503)

Walking through the crowded food section at Boroichi Street Market in December 2010.

Entering Some Sort of Museum in Setagaya-ku (101215-1508)

Entering Some Sort of Museum in Setagaya-ku during the December 2010 Boroichi Street Market.

Boroichi - Walking Through Crowds and Shopping (101215-1525)

Walking through crowds and shopping at Boroichi Street Market in Setagaya-ku in Tokyo.

Boroichi - Crowds off into the Distance (101215-1550)

Looking off down the street over a sea of people at the December 15th, 2010 Boroichi Street Market in Setagaya in Tokyo.

Boroichi - Twilight Approaching (101215-1625)

Twilight approaching at the December 15th, 2010 Boroichi in Setagaya.

Boroichi - Crowds and Balloons (101215-1631)

Watching crowds and balloons at the Setagaya Boroichi Street Market on December 15th, 2010.

Boroichi - Walking Through Evening Crowds (101215-1632)

Walking through evening crowds at the December 15th, 2010 Setagaya Boroichi street market.

Boroichi - After Dark Stroll (101215-1723)

Walking through a slightly less crowded Boroichi Street Market after dark.  The cold probably sped people towards home somewhat.

On Shibuya-Bound Bus (101215-1733)

Riding a bus on the way from Setagaya to Shibuya.

Getting Off a Bus by Shibuya Station (101215-1800)

Getting off of a Tokyu bus by Shibuya Station.

Entering JR-Shibuya Station (101215-1806)

Entering JR-Shibuya Station - going through the ticket gates and walking towards the stairs.

Ebisu Upper Concourse to Escalator to Street (101215-1828)

Walking along the upper concourse at Ebisu Station, and then going down the long escalator to the street.

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' - Headed Towards Ebisu Garden Place (A) - (101215-1843)

Walking on the 'Yebisu Skywalk' in Ebisu, heading towards Ebisu Garden Place. - (A)

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' - Headed Towards Ebisu Garden Place (B) (101215-1844)

Walking on the 'Yebisu Skywalk' in Ebisu, heading towards Ebisu Garden Place. - (B)

Approaching Ebisu Garden Place (101215-1846)

Approaching Ebisu Garden Place at night.

Ebisu Garden Place - Looking Around (101215-1917)

Looking around at Ebisu Garden Place.

Ebisu - Train Passing in the Night (101215-1923)

In Ebisu - watching a train passing in the (relative) darkness, and then walking off down the street.

Inbound Seibu Shinjuku Express at Speed (101224-0641)

Looking out on the world flying by from an inbound Seibu Shinjuku express at speed at 6:41 a.m.

Boarding Seibu Line Train at 6:22 a.m. (101224-0622)

Boarding an early morning inbound Seibu Line train.

Ogawa Station - 6:18 a.m. (101224-0618)

Looking around and watching a train come in at Ogawa Station at 6:18 a.m.

Seibu Shinjuku Station - Walking Towards Exit Gates at 7:00 a.m. (101224-0700)

Walking towards the exit gates at Seibu Shinjuku Station at 7:00 a.m.

Walking Out of Seibu Shinjuku Station into Early Morning Light (101224-0701)

Walking out of Seibu Shinjuku Station into the early morning light in Shinjuku.

Nishi-Shinjuku Street Scene on December 24th, 2010 (101224-2049)

Walking along taking in an evening street scene in Nishi-Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010.

Jazz Street Band in Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010 (101224-2117)

Watching and listening to a Jazz street band in Shinjuku on December 24th, 2010, along with several other appreciative people on the scene.



"Seibu, Tozai, Inokashira, Setagaya, and Keihin-Tohoku Lines, Boroichi Market, Etc."

Several clips this time:  A couple of views from Seibu Line trains; walking across the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station; Keihin-Tohoku Line train views; more Setagaya Boroichi street market views; the "Yebisu Skywalk" in Ebisu; watching trains in Ebisu; listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu; views of Seibu Line and Tozai Line trains; walking through the inside of a Tozai Line train; watching a Tozai Line train depart Nihonbashi; new building construction in Nihonbashi; Tokyo Station views; Kichijoji Station views; Inokashira Line; Meidaimae Station area; Shimotakaido Station area; Setagaya Line front cab views; and finally - more Boroichi Street Market views.

Dry Winter View From Seibu Train Window (101220)

Looking out on the dry Tokyo countryside from a Seibu train window.

Yurakucho Station Plaza (101220-1840)

Walking through the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station.

Kanda to Tokyo (Keihin Tohoku Line) (101220-2058)

Kanda to Tokyo on the Keihin Tohoku Line.

Tokyo to Yurakucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line) (101220-2101)

Tokyo to Yurakucho on the Keihin-Tohoku Line.

Lights Near Yurakucho Station (101220-2104)

Year end lights near Yurakucho Station.

Setagaya Boroichi Street Market (101215-1400)

Walking into the Setagaya Boroichi Street Market.

Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' Towards Ebisu Station (101215-1942)

Walking along the Ebisu 'Yebisu Skywalk' towards Ebisu Station.

Train and Sky Watching Next to Ebisu Station (101215-1949)

Looking around at passing trains below and at the sky above next to Ebisu Station.

Cool Band at What the Dickens in Ebisu (101215-2047)

Watching and listening to a cool band at What the Dickens in Ebisu.

Seibu Line Train Arriving at Ogawa (101214-1318)

Watching a Seibu Line train arriving at Ogawa.

Two Types of Seibu Line Trains Arriving at Kodaira (101214-1326)

Watching two types of Seibu Line trains arriving at Kodaira Station.

Waiting for Tozai Subway at Takadanobaba (101214-1351)

Standing on the platform - waiting for a Tozai subway line train at Takadanobaba Station.

Walking Through Inside of Tozai Line Train (101214-1354)

Walking through inside of Tozai Line train - up to the front carriage.

Tozai Line Train Departing Nihonbashi Station (101214-1409)

Watching a Tozai Line train departing Nihonbashi Station.

New Building Arising in Nihonbashi (101214-1432)

Watching construction of a new building in Nihonbashi.

Tokyo Station Bus Area Under Construction (101214-1845)

Walking through the Tokyo Station bus area, which is under construction.

Tokyo Station Walk - Chuo Line Delay Announcement

Walking through Tokyo Station  - listening to an announcement about a delay for the Chuo Line.

Kichijoji Station Platform - Walking to Stairs (101215-1303)

On the Chuo Line platform at Kichijoji Station - headed for the Stairs.

Walking to Front of Inokashira Line Train at Kichijoji (101215-1305)

Walking to the front of an Inokashira Line train at Kichijoji.

Inokashira Line - Front Cab View Before Departure (101215-1309)

Inokashira Line - Front Cab view before departure.

Meidaimae Station Area (明大前駅あたり) (101215-1324)

Looking around in front of Meidaimae Station.  (明大前駅あたり).

Waiting for Train at Meidaimae (明大前駅ホーム) (101215-1326)

Waiting for a train at Meidaimae Station (明大前駅で電車を待っている。

Descending Stairs at Shimotakaido Station (下高井戸駅) (101215-1330)

Walking down a flight of stairs at Shimotakaido Station (下高井戸駅).

Setagaya Line Train Departure at Shimotakaido Station (101215-1331)

Setagaya Line train departure at Shimotakaido Station.

Rail Crossing and Shopping Arcade near Shimotakaido Station (101215-1334)

A rail crossing and nearby shopping arcade next to Shimotakaido Station.

Keio Line Train Zooming into Shimotakaido Station (101215-1337)

Watching a Keio Line train zooming into Shimotakaido Station.

Boarding Setagaya Line at Shimotakaido (下高井戸駅世田谷線) (101215-1342)

Boarding a Setagaya Line train (streetcar) at Shimotakaido (下高井戸駅世田谷線).

Setagaya Line - Shimotakaido to Matsubara (101215-1344)

Riding the Setagaya Line from Shimotakaido to Matsubara.

Setagaya Line - Matsubara to Yamashita (101215-1346)

Riding the Setagaya Line from Matsubara to Yamashita.

Setagaya Line - Yamashita to Miyanosaka (101215-1349)

Setagaya Line front cab view from Yamashita to Miyanosaka.

Setagaya Line - Miyanosaka to Kamimachi (101215-1351)

Front cab view on a Setagaya Line train from Miyanosaka to Kamimachi.

Entering Boroichi Street Market (101215-1357)

Entering the Boroichi street market area.

Boroichi Street Market (101215-1400)

Within the Boroichi street market - 2010



"Inokashira Line, Boroichi Market, Hachioji Street Musician, Etc."

Beginning with another look at the construction project on the Seibu Line between Oyama and Hagiyama Stations, and then looking out the front cab of an Inokashira Line train on the way to the Boroichi street market, where I show a look-around at night as an announcement is made by the police to warn people about fraudsters calling and pretending to be police - asking for their bank account numbers and passwords.  Then a short clip of a street musician performing in front of Hachioji Station, and finally a front cab view from a Seibu Line train.

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Construction Section (101214-1319)

Looking out a right-side window on the Seibu Line at the Ogawa to Hagiyama section under construction.

Inokashira Line Cab View - Kugayama to Eifukucho (101215-1314)

Looking out the front cab of a Inokashira Line train rolling from Kugayama to Eifukucho.

Inokashira Line Cab View - Eifukucho to Meidaimae (101215-1318)

Looking out the front cab of a Inokashira Line train rolling from Eifukucho to Meidaimae.

Setagaya Boroichi Night View (101215-1720)

Looking around towards the end of the first day of the Setagaya Boroichi in December 2010 - a night view.

Mori Kotaro (森浩太郎) Live - Hachioji Station (101219-1945)

A quick look at a street musician in front of Hachioji Station.
森浩太郎 - http://profile.ameba.jp/oto-space/


Seibu Kokubunji Line - Cab View (to and from) Koigakubo (101219-1219)

Looking out the front cab of a Seibu Kokubunji Line train as it comes into - and then leaves - Koigakubo Station.

And recent art gallery visits are covered at this blog:



"Chuo Line, Oedo Line, Kachidoki Scenes, Tokyo Waterfront, and Shinjuku"

A variety of scenes from the Chuo Line and the Oedo Line - along with scenes of the Kachidoki area, the Tokyo waterfront, and Shinjuku.

Slow Start Inbound Chuo Line from Shinjuku (101209-1538)

Looking around the platform from the inside of an inbound Chuo Line train while it waited at Shinjuku Station before departing.

Inbound Chuo Line - Ochanomizu to Kanda (101209-1549)

Riding an inbound Chuo Line train from Ochanomizu to Kanda.

Inbound Chuo Line - Kanda to Tokyo (101209-1552)

Taking an inbound Chuo Line train from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station.

Inbound Chuo Line Train Arriving at Kokubunji Station (101209-0938)

Watching an inbound Chuo Line Train arriving at Kokubunji Station around 9:30 in the morning.

Inbound Chuo Line Train Departing Kokubunji (101209-0939)

Riding an inbound Chuo Line train away from Kokubunji.

Walking Through Nakano Station (101209-0956)

Walking through typically crowded Nakano Station while changing trains.

Late Morning Local Chuo Line Train (101209-1008)

While riding a late morning local Chuo Line train, I lowered (for the first time) one of the cattle-car seats, which are kept folded up until 10:00 a.m.

Oedo Line - Stopping at Azabu-Juban Station (101209-1021)

Riding the deep-tunnel Oedo Line - stopping at Azabu-Juban Station on the way across town.

Oedo Line Reflections (101209-1029)

Looking at/through a window on the deep-tunnel Oedo Line - watching reflections, etc.

Oedo Line Cab View - Pulling into Station (101209-1030)

Looking out the front of an Oedo Line train as it pulls into a station.

Oedo Line - Cab Tunnel View (101209-1031)

Riding an Oedo Line train - looking out at the tunnel ahead as the train makes its way across town.

Oedo Line - Kachidoki Station (101209-1035)

A look at Kachidoki Station on the Oedo Line.

Kachidoki Street Scene (101209-1045)

A look at a street scene in the Kachidoki area.

Kachidoki Apartment Tower (101209-1052)

A look up at an Apartment Tower in the Kachidoki area.

Kachidoki Apartment Towers (101209-1245)

A look at some of the huge Apartment Towers in Kachidoki.

Near Tokyo Waterfront - 360 (101209-1256)

Taking a 360-degree look at a (former?) pier near a part of the Tokyo waterfront.

Headed Towards Tokyo Waterfront (101209-1258)

Walking towards a part of the Tokyo waterfront.

Tokyo Waterfront - Passing Boat (101209-1308)

Looking around the Tokyo Waterfront as a boat passes by.

Kachidoki - Old Section Houses and New Construction Site (101209-1339)

Looking around Kachidoki - at an old section of houses and a new construction site.

Narrow Alley Between Houses in Kachidoki (101209-1358)

Having a look in a narrow alley in-between a block of old houses and a new construction site in Kachidoki.

Exiting Oedo Line at Shinjuku (101209-1427)

Getting off an Oedo Line train at Shinjuku Station.

On the Way to the Surface of the Earth (101209-1429)

Looking at reflections by an escalator on my way to the surface of the Earth.

Walking by West Side of Shinjuku Station (101209-1446)

Walking by the west side of Shinjuku Station in the early afternoon.

Early Afternoon Omoide Yokocho (101209-1448)

Walking down Omoide Yokocho izakaya street in the early afternoon.

Edge of Kabukicho - Early Afternoon (101209-1451)

Walking along the edge of Kabukicho in the Early Afternoon.

Kabukicho Mystery Alley (101209-1456)

Walking through a very narrow alley in Kabukicho.

Stroll Through Shopping Area of Tokyo Station (101209-1554)

Walking through a shopping area of Tokyo Station on my way to the exit.

Walking Through Tokyo Station (101209-2238)

Walking through typical Tokyo Station conditions on my to a late night train.



"Seibu Line, Tozai Line, Ginza Line, Chuo Line, Oedo Line, Shinjuku Area, Etc."

This batch of clips begins with an evening view of the area under construction on the Seibu Line between Ogawa and Hagiyama.  Then the next clip jumps back in time to May of this year, to a view of a street band performing (under an overhang) in the rain.  And then there are various things: waiting for trains, boarding trains, riding trains (involving several train lines), viewing an art exhibition, walking by the construction zone in front of Tokyo Station, watching the world roll by from train windows, walking down the street in Shinjuku, etc.

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Evening Construction Zone (101204-1630)

Seibu Line - Ogawa to Hagiyama Construction Zone - evening view.

(M) - Sasurai Meika - Live in Nishi Shinjuku (100511-2201)

Sasurai Meika - Live in Nishi Shinjuku - back in May 2010.

Ginza-One Party (101204-1904)

A look at an opening party at Gallery Ginza-One, in... er... Ginza.  This was a group exhibition, with many artists participating (and attending the party).

Boarding Tozai Line at Nihonbashi (101204-2217)

Boarding a Tozai Line train at Nihonbashi Station late at night, after running down the platform to get nearer to the anticipated area of the platform I planned to get off at.

Seibu Line - Waiting for the Next Train (101204-2238)

Seibu Line - Waiting for the next train - people tuned into their cell phones (as usual).

Oedo Line Tunnel Noises (101209-1023)

Listening to tunnel noises while riding the Oedo Line.

Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba (101207-1423)

Boarding a Tozai Line train at Takadanobaba.

Ginza Line (Rear View) Leaving Nihonbashi Station (101207-1441)

Ginza Line rear view while leaving Nihonbashi Station.

Gallery Ginza 1-Chome Exhibition (101207-1651)

Riding the elevator up to the three-person exhibition at
Gallery Ginza 1-Chome and taking a quick look at the exhibition, which looks better in person.

Tokyo Station Bus and Construction Area (101207-1838)

Tokyo Station Bus and construction area.  This area has been under construction for some time now.

Outbound Chuo Line Window Reflections (101207-1842)

Looking outside and inside via outbound Chuo Line window reflections.

Outbound Chuo Line - Inside View (101207-1854)

Looking down the train car on an outbound Chuo Line train.

Outbound Chuo Line - Shinjuku Platform (101207-1855)

A typical evening view on the outbound Chuo Line platform at Shinjuku Station.

Exiting South Exit at Shinjuku Station (101207-1857)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the South Exit.

Shinjuku South Exit Crosswalk and Construction Area (101207-1858)

Crossing the street from the South Exit of Shinjuku station and walking by the ongoing construction area on the other side.

Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll (101207-1903)

Walking around in Nishi-Shinjuku.

Oishi Yu (大石悠) Shinjuku Jazz Street Band - (101207-2113)

A quick view of the Shinjuku Jazz street band Oishi Yu (大石悠).

Oishi Yu website:

Local Chuo Line Train - Nakano to Higashi-Nakano (101209-0958)

Local Chuo Line Train - Nakano to Higashi-Nakano  The seats in the six-door car (twelve if you count the doors on both sides) are locked in the up position until 10:00 a.m. (I passed through the car just before ten), and then - at 10:00 - a light comes on by the seats, and they are remotely unlocked and can be pulled down.  Later I went back and the car was mostly full of sitting people, except one seat left in the up position.  (I had thought the light was a button that caused the seat to electrically come down, but is simply a light indicating that the seat can be pulled down.  After many years of riding these trains, I got to try that out for the first time on this ride!)

Local Chuo Line Train - Higashi Nakano to Okubo (101209-1002)

Local Chuo Line train - Higashi Nakano Station to Okubo Station.

Local Chuo Line Train - Okubo to Shinjuku (101209-1004)

Local Chuo Line train - Okubo Station to Shinjuku Station.

Entering Kachidoki Station (101209-1402)

Entering Kachidoki Station after exploring the area.

Inbound Chuo Line to Ochanomizu (101209-1545)

Taking an inbound Chuo Line train to Ochanomizu Station.



"Water Reflections, Kodaira Chuo Park Concert, and Shibuya Sidewalks"

Contemplative views of an autumn sky through tree branches reflected in pools of rainwater.  Autumn views of Kodaira Chuo Park and a kind of festival, followed by an outdoor concert in the park with several musicians participating.

Then a sudden jump to the sidewalks of Shibuya - with views of people nonchalantly navigating the walkways of the megacity.  Finally some views of the Inokashira Line and the Chuo Line....

"Sky Reflection in Shimmering Water" (20101123Tu-1400)

Looking at a blue and white sky reflected in a pool of shimmering water.

キラキラしている水の中に空が青と白  東京

"Sky Through Trees Reflected in Water" (101123Tu-1406)

Looking at the sky through trees - reflected in a still pool of rainwater.

水の中に空と木を見ている  東京

"Autumn Event in Kodaira Chuo Park - 2010" (101123Tu-1415)

Walking through an autumn event in Kodaira Chuo Park in November of 2010.

小平中央公園での秋祭り  東京

"Looking Around Concert Area in Kodaira Chuo Park" (101123Tu-1445)

Looking around the concert area in Kodaira Chuo Park - including looking down at Tamagawa-josui Canal, etc.

小平中央公園のコンサートのあたりを見回る  東京

"Walking Around Kodaira Chuo Park - Autumn 2010" (101123Tu-1510)

Walking around inside Kodaira Chuo Park in autumn of 2010.

小平中央公園を秋見回る  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (D)" (101123Tu-1608)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (D)  The generator to power the amplifiers was a bit noisy, but the singer has a nice voice and it sounded good from up on the hill.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (E)" (101123Tu-1642)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (E)  The singer's voice went well with the magic in the twilight zone between day and night.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (F)" (101123Tu-1649)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (F)  Slipping into night - the music continued....

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (G)" (101123Tu-1700)

Watching and listening to a concert under the trees in the evening in Kodaira Chuo Park.  (G)  The music was good, but it was cold and late... and I didn't stay past this for the end of the concert.

小平中央公園の木の下コンサート  東京

"Shibuya Scramble Crosswalk - December 1st, 2010" (101201We-1902)

Walking across the scramble crosswalk in Shibuya on December 1st, 2010.

渋谷スクランブル交差点  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalks - West to East" (101201We-1904)

Walking on Shibuya sidewalks - from the west side of the station to the east.

渋谷の人間道  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalks - East Side" (101201We-1905)

Walking along Shibuya sidewalks on the east side of the station.

渋谷の人間道 - 東側  東京

"Shibuya Heading Up the Hill" (101201We-1906)

Walking up the hill on the east side of Shibuya Station.

渋谷の人間道 - 坂を上る  東京

"Shibuya Station Bound - 10:36 p.m." (101201We-2236)

Walking towards Shibuya Station late at night.

渋谷駅向き - 夜遅く  東京

"Shibuya Izakaya Alley" (101201We-2242)

Walking around in an izakaya alley in Shibuya.

渋谷居酒屋通り  東京

"Shibuya Scramble Crosswalk - 10:44 p.m." (101201We-2244)

Walking across the Shibuya scramble crosswalk on my way to the Inokashira Line.

渋谷スクランブル交差点 - 渋谷駅向き  東京

"Shibuya Sidewalk - Station Bound" (101201We-2245)

Walking along a Shibuya sidewalk on my way to Shibuya Station.

渋谷の人間道 - 駅向き  東京

"Entering Inokashira Line - Shibuya Station" (101201We-2246)

Walking through the ticket barrier of the Inokashira Line at Shibuya Station.

渋谷駅の井の頭線入り口  東京

"Arriving at Kichijoji on Inokashira Line" (101201We-2312)

Arriving at Kichijoji Station on an Inokashira Line train - and then walking along the platform.

井の頭線の電車で吉祥寺駅に到着  東京

"Boarding Chuo Line Train at Kichijoji" (101201We-2315)

Boarding a Chuo Line train at Kichijoji Station.

吉祥寺駅で中央線を乗る  東京

"Departing Kichijoji Station on Chuo Line Train" (101201We-2316)

Departing Kichijoji Station on a Chuo Line train.

中央線の電車で吉祥寺駅を出発  東京



"Shibuya Station Area on Saturday Night, November 27th, 2010"

I dropped by Shibuya on Saturday night to meet a couple of people.  (Mysterious?  Cool!  Good reason not to explain it then!)  On the way back to the station, I took a few video clips - including of a band that was playing in front of Shibuya Station... until an angry-looking police office (or security person?) started talking to the leader of the band.  The music stopped - the police officer talked angrily on - the band leader looked resigned/irritated/disappointed... the camera dude turned and walked under the rail bridge (see clips below).

Shibuya - From West to East Side - (101127)

Walking Downhill in Shibuya - (101127-2109)

Street Band in Shibuya-A - (101127-2112)

Street Band in Shibuya-B - (101127-2113a)

Street Band in Shibuya-C - (101127-2116a)

Street Band in Shibuya-D - Stopped - (101127-2117a)

Saturday Night Shibuya - From East to West Side - (101127-2118a)

Shibuya Crosswalk - (101127-2122a)

Shibuya Sidewalk - (101127-2123a)

Exiting Inokashira Line in Kichijoji - (101127-2151)

On a national holiday - a nice day in the park:

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (A)

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (B)

Kodaira Chuo Park Concert (C)



"Carrying Atmospheres"

Boarding an old type JR Express train a few weeks ago in Shinjuku, I was happy to see it was from a few decades back.  I haven't actually ridden in the JR limited express trains all that often, but I've been seeing them on the rails for a quarter century now, so they seem like a permanent piece of the world (which they are not of course...), so it's sort of sad to see them disappearing from the rails.

Anyway, I settled into my seat by a left-side window and watched Tokyo roll by as the train headed for the countryside.  Reaching the countryside, things looked exotic out the window and there was a slight feeling of a piece of the city (the train) being away from its natural habitat.  Not logical of course, but keep in mind that I'm used to seeing them in the city, so it seems like they are a part of the city and the city is a part of them... (which is true in a sense).

Getting off the train up in Nikko, I walked up to the front of the train and contemplated its design - thinking of all the many kilometers it's traveled over the decades and wondering how extensively it's traveled the country.  Interesting enough, but feeling the tug of passing time, I turned around and headed off into my Nikko trip, putting the old train out of my mind.

After a couple of days traveling around in Nikko - including to the Kinugawa Onsen area, I boarded a newer type express train for the return trip to Tokyo, and this time, the train seemed to be a part of the countryside - as it might, after watching the express trains on the rails over two days.  (Incidentally, I didn't see the old type of express train at all - after the one I took from Shinjuku to Nikko - but saw many of the newer type that I took back to Shinjuku - so that old type train may be even rarer than I thought.)

Homeward-bound and looking forward to more time in a comfortable seat by a window, I went to a store first and bought some food - a little more than I needed actually - and then when I sat down on the train, I began eating and drinking - a luxury all the more luxurious for usually not being able to do it!

The train rolled on through the evening, and then through the night - and as it passed... I think it was Akabane Station (not sure about that though), I looked at all the people on the platforms and felt a bit surprised at there being so many!  Since I live in Tokyo, I know only too well how crowded it is, but in two days on the trains in Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area, I'd gotten used to a more leisurely pace and a lot fewer people!

Getting off the train in Shinjuku - this time the train seemed like it belonged to the countryside and was out-of-place in the mega-city.  But of course... travel devices carry something of the atmosphere they come from when they travel somewhere.



"Bicycle Ride, Shinjuku Night Scenes/Crowds, and Keio Bus"

Starting off on a bicycle ride along a busy road (and then a side street), and then going to (when else?) nighttime Shinjuku, and (finally) wrapping up with a ride on a Fuchu-bound Keio Line bus.

"Bicycle Ride by Nishi-Kokubunji Station" (101113Sa-1042)

Riding a bicycle by Nishi-Kokubunji Station.

自転車で西国分寺駅から通る  東京

"Riding a Bicycle by a Tokyo Park in November 2010" (101113Sa-1542)

Riding past a park in the autumn of 2010 in Tokyo.

東京の公園を自転車で通る  東京

"NIshi-Shinjuku - Crosswalk and Omoide-Yokocho" (101116Tu-1849)

Crossing a wide sidewalk in Nishi-Shinjuku and then walking through Omoide-Yokocho alley.

西新宿横断歩道と思い出横丁散歩  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Sidewalk - November 2010" (101116Tu-1851)

Walking along a sidewalk in Nishi-Shinjuku.

西新宿の人々散歩  東京

"NIshi-Shinjuku Street Singers, Political Speech, Etc." (101116Tu-1853)

Walking along the sidewalk on the west side of Shinjuku Station - watching street singers and trying to ignore a loud political speech.

西新宿の人々散歩とストリート歌手  東京

"Blue Light Path and Shinjuku South Exit" (101116Tu-1859)

Walking from the west side of Shinjuku Station - via the blue path - to the area by the south exit, and navigating through the crowds there.

新宿駅西口から新宿駅南口までの散歩と南口の人々  東京

"Keio Bus - Fuchu-Bound" (101118Th-1602)

Looking around on in the inside of a Keio bus bound for Fuchu Station.  (Notice how the driver turns the engine off while stopped.  Also notice a sign of the bad economy - the empty spaces where there could be advertisements.)

府中行きの慶応バス内  東京

And some new art gallery posts here:



"Cooler Weather - Cold Weather on the Horizon"

During the summer I was looking forward to being out of the heat in the autumn - and that is where I am now, but the temperatures are sliding out of the comfort zone and towards downright cold, at which time I'll be dreaming of spring again....

Earlier in the week, I stopped and listened to a street musician from Osaka perform a song in front of Shinjuku Station:

"Michiko (ミチコ) Live by Shinjuku Station"

Michiko playing the keyboard and singing while somebody (cough-cough) walks around taking a shaky video clip.

The musician's blog is:

There was a couple who set up beside her and were about to begin playing as soon as she stopped, but a police officer came around and stopped them before they could begin.  I wish they could have played at least one song.

The results of this week's gallery crawl are here:

My favorite exhibition was this one:

It's difficult to explain why exactly, but I attempt to in that blog post!

I also liked this exhibit:

 - although the gallery owner irritated me by speaking English at me as though I had just parachuted down into Ginza from another galaxy.  Probably he meant it in a friendly way, although it didn't *feel* friendly, so I didn't take it as such and just silently nodded to be civil, while refusing to step into the game.  (That "game" reference might not make any sense unless you've lived here since a date that falls before the sudden jump in the yen in the mid-eighties...).

Sore dewa, mata!



"Oyama to Hagiyama, Ikebukuro to Otsuka, and Shibuya to Harajuku"

Three train views - first Oyama to Hagiyama on the Seibu Line, and then Ikebukuro to Otsuka on a daytime Yamanote Line train, and finally Shibuya to Harajuku on a nighttime Yamanote Line train.

"Oyama to Hagiyama - Construction Zone" (101027We-1120)

Watching the rail line construction site between Oyama and Hagiyama (on the Seibu Line).

西武線の小山駅から、萩山駅までの風景  東京

"Ikebukuro to Otsuka - Daytime Right-Side View" (101027We-1155)

Watching the world flow by from a daytime Yamanote Line train rolling from Ikebukuro to Otsuka.

山手線の池袋駅から、大塚駅までの風景  東京

"Shibuya to Harajuku - Yamanote Nighttime View" (101027We-2258)

Watching the world flow by from a nighttime Yamanote Line train rolling from Shibuya to Harajuku.

山手線の渋谷駅から、原宿駅までの風景  東京



"Hibiya Line Exit Gates, Live at WTD, and 23:17 Chuo Line from Shinjuku"

Train views, as usual, plus a couple of views of street musicians.  Walking parallel to an evening rush of people flowing out the exit gates at Hibiya Line's Ebisu Station.  Then heading over towards 'What the Dickens' English pub, where I watch some live music (several clips) and then a view of a late-night Chuo Line train as it comes into Shinjuku Station.

"Sugiyama Yu (杉山裕) Live in Sugamo" (101027We-1235)

Sugiyama Yu playing his guitar and singing on the street in Sugamo.

杉山裕が巣鴨でライブ  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho - Watching Trains at Yurakucho Station" (101027We-1302)

Riding a Yamanote Line train from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station, and then watching passing trains from the Yurakucho Station platform.

東京駅から、有楽町駅まで 有楽町駅で電車が通る  東京

"Matsuoka Miho (松岡美穂) Live in Yurakucho on October 27th, 2010"

Listening to Matsuoka Miho playing her guitar and singing in front of Yurakucho Station.

有楽町駅前で松岡美穂のストリートライブを見て聞く  東京

"Hibiya Line Exit Gates at Ebisu Station" (101027We-2022)

People streaming out the exit gates at the Hibiya Line's Ebisu Station.

恵比寿駅の日比谷線の夕方改札口  東京

"Nighttime Streets in Ebisu (Tokyo)" (101027We-2024)

Walking towards WTD (What The Dickens) in Ebisu.

恵比寿の夕方道  東京

"Live Music at WTD (What the Dickens) in Ebisu (A)" (101027We-2040)

Listening to cool tunes at What the Dickens in Ebisu. (A)

恵比寿ライブハウスWTDの2010年10月音楽  東京

"Live Music at WTD (What the Dickens) in Ebisu (B)" (101027We-2047)

Listening to cool tunes at What the Dickens in Ebisu. (B)

恵比寿ライブハウスWTDの2010年10月音楽  東京

"Live Music at WTD (What the Dickens) in Ebisu (C)" (101027We-2055)

Listening to cool tunes at What the Dickens in Ebisu. (C)

恵比寿ライブハウスWTDの2010年10月音楽  東京

"Live Music at WTD (What the Dickens) in Ebisu (D)" (101027We-2101)

Listening to cool tunes at What the Dickens in Ebisu. (D)

恵比寿ライブハウスWTDの2010年10月音楽  東京

"Live Music at WTD (What the Dickens) in Ebisu (E)" (101027We-2104)

Listening to cool tunes at What the Dickens in Ebisu. (E)

恵比寿ライブハウスWTDの2010年10月音楽  東京

"23:17 Outbound Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station" (101027We-2314)

Waiting for and then watching an outbound Chuo Line train arrive at Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の23:17の下り中央線電車  東京



"Nikko Kinugawa-Onsen Area, Trains on Nikko-Kinugawa Line, and Imaichi Walkabout"

This shows several clips from some time I spent in the Kinugawa-Onsen area in Tochigi-ken (栃木県), including several clips of trains in the area, ending with the trip back to Tokyo via a Nikko Express that took me straight to Shinjuku.  There is a cooperative arrangement between Tobu Railways and JR, so the JR trains go onto the Tobu Line tracks midway to Nikko and use Tobu-Nikko Station instead of JR-Nikko Station.  Since Tobu-Nikko Station is closer to the famous shrines and temples, it's a more convenient arrangement for visitors.

"Onsen Ryokan Funamisou Outside Hot Springs Bath" (101018Mo-0652)

A look at the outside bath (Rotenburo) at Ryokan Funamisou.  (This view is of the men's section - I wasn't able to see the woman's section, but there's a photo of it at the Ryokan's website.)

English - http://www.japanbooking.info/ryokan/funamisou
Japanese - http://funamisou.com/

鬼怒川温泉の旅館船見荘の露天風呂  栃木県

"Kinukawa-Onsen - 360 View on Old Pedestrian Bridge" (101018Mo-1017)

A 360 degree view from the old pedestrian bridge over Kinugawa River (nearest station: Kosagoe).

鬼怒川温泉の360風景 (一番近い駅: 小佐越駅)  栃木県

"Walking Across New Pedestrian Bridge (Kinugawa-Onsen Station Area)" (101018Mo-1109)

Walking over the new pedestrian bridge in the Kinugawa-Onsen Station area.

鬼怒川温泉駅エリアの新しい散歩橋  栃木県

"Furukama Waterfall (Kinugawa-Onsen Station Area)" (101018Mo-1207)

Furukama Waterfall - looking very nice to my city-tired eyes!

古釜の滝 - 鬼怒川温泉駅エリア  栃木県

"Overgrown Area to Furukama Waterfall (Kinugawa-Onsen Station Area)" (101018Mo-1218)

Walking from an overgrown path to Furukama Waterfall.

草だらけの道から古釜の滝まで - 鬼怒川温泉駅エリア  栃木県

"Walking Back Across New Pedestrian Bridge (Kinugawa-Onsen Station Area)" (101018Mo-1228)

Walking back over the new pedestrian bridge in the Kinugawa-Onsen Station area.

鬼怒川温泉駅エリアの新しい散歩橋  栃木県

"Skyward View of New Kinugawa-Onsen Footbridge" (101018Mo-1236)

Looking up at one of the two support towers for the pedestrian suspension bridge in the Kinugawa-Onsen Station area.

鬼怒川温泉駅エリアの新しい散歩橋の空向きビュー  栃木県

"Kinugawa-Onsen Express Arrival at Kinugawa-Onsen Station" (101018Mo-1430)

Watching a Kinugawa express train arrive at Kinugawa-Onsen Station.

鬼怒川温泉駅に鬼怒川特急の到着  栃木県

"Boarding Local Train at Kinugawa-Onsen Station" (101018Mo-1446)

Boarding a local train at Kinugawa-Onsen Station.

鬼怒川温泉駅で各駅停車の電車を乗る  栃木県

"Departing Kinugawa-Onsen Station (Local Train)" (101018Mo-1449)

Departing Kinugawa-Onsen Station on a local train and heading towards Kosagoe Station.

鬼怒川温泉駅から出発 - 各駅停車で  栃木県

"Shintakatoku Station Platform" (101018Mo-1459)

Looking out an open window of a local Tobu-Kinugawa Line train at the Shintakatoku Station platform.

東武鬼怒川線の新高徳駅を見る  栃木県

"Departing Okuwa Station (Tobu-Kinugawa Line)" (101018Mo_1511)

Departing Okuwa Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line (on a local train).

東武鬼怒川線の大桑駅から出発  栃木県

"Window View from Tobu-Kinugawa Line" (101018Mo-1514)

Looking out the window of a local Tobu-Kinugawa Line train at the
blur of green going by (and a glimpse of a driving school's closed-access practice course).

東武鬼怒川線の窓からの風景  栃木県

"Arriving at Shimoimaichi Station" (101018Mo-1518)

Looking out the window as a local Tobu Line makes its way into Shimoimaichi Station.

東武線の下今市駅に到着します  栃木県

"Trains at Shimoimaichi Station" (101018Mo-1522)

Watching trains at Shimoimaichi Station.

東武線の下今市駅での電車  栃木県

"Shimoimaichi Station Wooden Passageways" (101018Mo-1529)

Walking through the wooden passageways of Shimoimaichi Station in Imaichi City.

東武線の下今市駅の木造の通路  栃木県

"Imaichi - Walking Around" (101018Mo-1537)

Walking about in Imaichi.

今市での散歩  栃木県

"Large Carp in Small Pool in Large Parking Lot" (101018Mo-1541)

Looking at some nice-looking carp in a rather small pond in a large empty parking lot.

大きい駐車場の中に小さい池の中に大きい鯉 - 今市での散歩  栃木県

"Side-Street Diving in Imaichi" (101018Mo-1545)

Escaping fire-breathing machinery by diving into a side street in Imaichi City.

今市での横道散歩  栃木県

"Imaichi Walkabout" (101018Mo-1547)

Walking about in Imaichi.

今市でのあっちこっち散歩  栃木県

"Imaichi Shotengai" (101018Mo-1557)

Walking down a covered shopping street (shotengai) in Imaichi.

今市の商店街  栃木県

"Beside Kamashin Grocery Store (in Imaichi)" (101018Mo-1611)

Looking around beside a Kamashin Grocery Store in Imaichi.

今市の商店街のかましんスーパー  栃木県

"Nikko Express Departing Shimoimaichi Station" (101018Mo-1642)

Watching a reserved seat express train depart Shimoimaichi Station.

下今市駅から出発する特急を見る  栃木県

"Nikko Express - Bound for Shinjuku" (101018Mo-1647)

Watching my Shinjuku-bound reserved-seat express train arrive at Shimoimaichi Station, and then boarding it.

新宿行き特急が遣って来ます - 下今市駅で乗る  栃木県

"Shinjuku Bound Nikko Express - Window View" (101018Mo-1649)

Looking out a window into the passing evening landscape from a Shinjuku-bound Nikko Express - listening to the announcements, with the English part being nice... which is a very welcome change from the usual irritating variety used on most Tokyo commuter trains!

新宿行き特急の窓風景とアナウンス  栃木県

"Nikko Express - Back in Tokyo" (101018Mo-1834)

Looking out the window at the passing buildings and lights of Tokyo.  The green of the countryside and then the lights of the city....

新宿行き特急の窓風景 - また東京に戻りました...  東京

"Walking by Nikko Express in Shinjuku" (101018Mo-1840)

Walking by the Nikko Express I had just ridden back into Tokyo on.

日光特急 - 新宿で見る  東京

"Shinjuku - Transferring to Chuo Line" (101018Mo-1842)

Transferring to a Chuo Line train after riding into Tokyo on a Nikko Express.

新宿駅で日光特急から中央線に乗り換え  東京



"Tobu Kinugawa Line, Shinfujiwara Station Area, Mountain Stream, and Old Footbridge"

Riding the Tobu-Kinugawa Line out to Shinfujiwara Station and then walking around in that area - stumbling upon a mountain stream after walking into a forest; then walking back to the station and going downriver, getting off at Kosagoe Station.

"Departing Kosagoe Station (Tobu-Kinugawa Line)" (101017Su-1339)

Window view from Tobu-Kinugawa Line train as it departs Kosagoe Station.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅から出発  栃木県

"Tobu-Kinugawa Line - Near Shinfujiwara Station" (101017Su-1406)

Nearing Shinfujiwara Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line.

東武鬼怒川線の新藤原駅の近く  栃木県

"Fujiwara Irrigation Channel and Shrine" (101017Su-1430)

Walking along an irrigation channel in Fujiwara - passing by a small shrine.

藤原水道と神社  栃木県

"Fujiwara - Town to Forest" (101017Su-1434)

Walking from the edge of Fujiwara and then into a forest.

藤原町から森まで  栃木県

"Fujiwara Irrigation Channel Source by Stream (A)" (101017Su-1440)

Looking around at the source of an irrigation channel in Fujiwara.

藤原の近くの川  栃木県  (A)

"Fujiwara Irrigation Channel Source by Stream (B)" (101017Su-1443)

Looking around at the source of an irrigation channel in Fujiwara.

藤原の近くの川  栃木県  (B)

"Fujiwara Irrigation Channel Source by Stream (C)" (101017Su-1444)

Looking around at the source of an irrigation channel in Fujiwara.

藤原の近くの川  栃木県  (C)

"Mountain Stream Near Fujiwara " (101017Su-1447)

Contemplating a clear and cool mountain stream near Fujiwara.

藤原の近くの小川  栃木県

"Fujiwara Stream, Forest, and Town" (101017Su-1454)

Walking from a stream near to Fujiwara, through a forest, and into the edge of town.

藤原の小川と森と町  栃木県

"Shinfujiwara Station-Bound - Passing Train" (101017Su-1457)

Heading towards Shinfujiwara Station - watching a train pass by going in the other direction.

新藤原駅向き  栃木県

"Heading Towards Shinfujiwara Station" (101017Su-1459)

Walking towards Shinfujiwara Station.

新藤原駅に向いている  栃木県

"Looking Around - Shinfujiwara Station Area" (101017Su-1501)

Looking around the Shinfujiwara Station area.

新藤原駅のあたりを見回る  栃木県

"Railway Underpass Near Shinfujiwara Station" (101017Su-1509)

Walking through a pedestrian tunnel underpass near Shinfujiwara Station.

新藤原駅の近くの横断歩道地下トンネル  栃木県

"Shinfujiwara Station - Aizu Mount Express (Diesel Train)" (101017Su-1523)

Watching a red (diesel-powered) Aizu Mount Express train arrive at Shinfujiwara Station.

新藤原駅での野岩鉄道会津鬼怒川線ジーゼル電車が遣って来ます  栃木県

"Shinfujiwara Station - Boarding Tobu-Kinugawa Train" (101017Su-1535)

Boarding a Tobu-Kinugawa Line train at Shinfujiwara Station.

新藤原駅で東武鬼怒川線電車を乗る  栃木県

"Kinugawa-Onsen Express - Near Kosagoe Station" (101017Su-1606)

Watching a Kinugawa-Onsen express pass by not far from Kosagoe Station.

小佐越駅近く、特急電車が通る  栃木県

"Passing Boats Seen From Old Footbridge" (101017Su-1614)

Watching some boats pass by from the middle of an old footbridge.

鬼怒川船が通る  栃木県

"View From Old Kinugawa River Footbridge" (101017Su-1615)

Looking around at the evening view from an old footbridge over the Kinugawa River.

鬼怒川の古い散歩橋ビュー  栃木県

"Far Side of Old Kinugawa River Footbridge" (101017Su-1619)

Looking around on the far side of the old Kinugawa River footbridge.

鬼怒川古い散歩橋の向こう側  栃木県

"Escaping Fire-Breathing Machinery in Kinugawa-Onsen Area" (101017Su-1624)

Walking about exploring area around old footbridge over the Kinugawa River - escaping fire-breathing machinery at one point.

鬼怒川温泉のあたり、排気ガスマシーンから逃げる  栃木県



"Tobu-Nikko and Tobu-Kinugawa Lines, plus Kosagoe Station and River View"

Starting on the Tobu-Nikko Line and transferring over to the Tobu-Kinugawa Line (with several views on the Kinugawa Line), and then showing an area by the river near a ryokan (not far from Kosagoe Station).

"JR-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1141)

Looking around on the first and second floors of the old JR-Nikko Station.

JR日光駅  栃木県

"Looking at a Two-Car Local Train at Tobu-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1150)

Walking around at Tobu-Nikko Station - looking at a two-car local train.

東武日光駅の二車両電車を見る  栃木県

"Tobu-Nikko Express Departing Tobu-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1156)

Watching a Tobu-Nikko reserved seat express train leaving Tobu-Nikko Station.

東武日光駅の東武日光特急の出発  栃木県

"Boarding Local Train at Tobu-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1159)

Boarding a Tobu-Nikko Line local train at Tobu-Nikko Station.

東武日光駅で各駅停車電車の東武日光線を乗る  栃木県

"Tobu-Nikko Local Train Departing Tobu-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1200)

Departing Tobu-Nikko Station aboard a Tobu-Nikko local train.

東武日光駅で各駅停車電車の出発  栃木県

"Tobu Line Local Train Folding Table" (101017Su-1206)

Trying out the folding table in a local Tobu-Nikko Line train.

東武日光線のテーブル  栃木県

"Connecting the Walkway Between Tobu Line Cars"(101017Su-1212)

Watching the walkway connections being made on a Tobu Line train in Nikko.

東武日光線のつなぎ方  栃木県

"Running to See Passing Procession" (101017Su-1221)

Hearing festival-style music, I ran over just in time to see a traditional procession pass by.

日光市の祭りなんとかを駆け足で見る  栃木県

"Nikko Passing Procession" (101017Su-1222)

Watching some sort of traditional procession pass by in Nikko City.

日光市の祭りなんとかを見る  栃木県

"Walking Around Shimoimaichi Station" (101017Su-1231)

Looking around Shimoimaichi Station - including its old wooden passageways.

下今市駅で歩き回っている  栃木県

"View Out Window Leaving Shimoimaichi Station" (101017Su-1236)

Looking out the window of a Tobu-Kinugawa Line train as it leaves Shimoimaichi Station.

下今市駅から出発 - 東武鬼怒川線の窓風景  栃木県

"Nikko-Kinugawa Line - Countryside Views" (101017Su-1238)

Looking out the window of a Tobu-Kinugawa Line train as it rolls through the green countryside.

東武鬼怒川線の窓からの風景  栃木県

"Tobu-Kinugawa Line - Arriving at Okuwa Station" (101017Su-1241)

Window views of green countryside passing by on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line, and then arriving at Okuwa Station.

東武鬼怒川線の大桑駅に到着  栃木県

"Tobu-Kinugawa Line - Between Okuwa and Shintakatoku Stations" (101017Su-1243)

Riding the Tobu-Kinugawa Line - looking at the green countryside passing by between Okuwa and Shintakatoku Stations.

東武鬼怒川線の大桑駅と新高徳駅の間  栃木県

"Arriving at Shintakatoku Station" (101017Su-1246)

Arriving at Shintakatoku Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line.

東武鬼怒川線の新高徳駅に到着  栃木県

"Arriving at Kosagoe Station" (101017Su-1251)

Arriving at Kosagoe Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅に到着  栃木県

"Watching Trains at Kosagoe Station and Exiting" (101017Su-1253)

Watching trains at Kosagoe Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line and then heading to the exit.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅で電車ウォッチング  栃木県

"Walking Away from Kosagoe Station" (101017Su-1255)

After arriving at Kosagoe Station, walking off towards a ryokan - going back down along the tracks of the Tobu-Kinugawa Line.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅から歩き出す  栃木県

"Looking Around Near Kosagoe Station" (101017Su-1302)

Taking a look around just down the road from Kosagoe Station.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅の近くに見回る  栃木県

"Looking at River Near Ryokan Funamisou" (101017Su-1310)

Looking around by the river near Ryokan Funamisou.

旅館ニッケン船見荘の近くの川を見回り  栃木県

"Watching Nikko Express Train at Kosagoe Station" (101017Su-1328)

Watching an express train at Kosagoe Station on the Tobu-Kinugawa Line.

東武鬼怒川線の小佐越駅で特急を見る  栃木県



"From Shinjuku to Nikko via Reserved Seat Express"

Beginning with my arrival at the platform in Shinjuku Station, where the special express to Nikko was waiting; continuing with views of the inside of the train and views out the window; and ending with a look at both Tobu-Nikko station and also JR-Nikko Station.

"Arriving at Nikko Express Platform in Shinjuku" (101017Su-0843)

Arriving at the platform where my express train to Nikko was waiting.

新宿駅の日光行き特急  東京

"Boarding Nikko Express in Shinjuku" (101017Su-0849)

Boarding a Nikko Express train in Shinjuku.

新宿駅の日光行き特急を乗るところ  東京

"Nikko Express Departing Ikebukuro" (101017Su-0910)

Leaving Ikebukuro on a Nikko Express train.

日光行き特急を池袋駅から出発  東京

"Nikko Express - Crossing River" (101017Su-0920)

Crossing a river in a Nikko Express train.


"Nikko Express - Arriving at Omiya Station" (101017Su-0928)

Arriving at Omiya Station in a Nikko Express.


"Nikko Express - Departing Omiya" (101017Su-0933)

Departing Omiya Station and continuing on towards Nikko.


"Nikko Express - Speeding View" (101017Su-0937)

Looking out a left side window of a speeding Nikko express train.


"Nikko Express - Inside and Outside Views" (101017Su-0947)

Looking outside and inside a Nikko express on the way to Nikko.


"Nikko Express - Left and Right Window Views" (101017Su-1001)

Looking out both the left and the right sides of a Nikko Express on the way to Nikko.


"Nikko Express - Green Fields View" (101017Su-1008)

Looking out a left side window of a Nikko express at green fields passing by outside.


"Nikko Express - Rolling Through the Fields" (101017Su-1011)

Rolling through green fields on the way to Nikko.


"Nikko Express - Windowsill" (101017Su-1045)

Windowsill view of the world rolling by as seen from a Nikko express train.


"Tobu-Nikko Station - October 17th, 2010" (101017Su-1128)

Tobu-Nikko Station on October 17th, 2010

東武日光駅  栃木県

"JR-Nikko Station" (101017Su-1140)

Inside the old JR-Nikko Station, which now only handles one line that runs between Nikko and Utsunomiya.

JR日光駅  栃木県



"Express Train to Nikko and View of Kinugawa from Rooftop"

I went out to Nikko and the Kinugawa Onsen area to take pictures of something other than Tokyo for a change, and to visit a hot-spring equipped ryokan.  I did my usual routine of taking too many pictures, so now I need some time to sort through them!  In the meantime, here are a few videos from the trip - three from the limited express train I took there, and one from the roof of the ryokan I stayed at.  Incidentally, the city of Nikko is - by area - the third largest city in Japan!  (The biggest two are Takayama and Hamamatsu.)  More about this trip later!

"Nikko-Bound Express - Shinjuku to Ikebukuro" (2010)

Looking out a left side window of an old 1978 JR Tokkyu express train (with the inside renovated in 2006) as it goes from Shinjuku to Ikebukuro on the first part of its trip to Nikko.

日光行き特急 - 新宿から池袋まで  (2010年)

"Nikko-Bound Express - Window View (A)" (2010)

Looking out a left side window of an old 1978 JR Tokkyu express train (with the inside renovated in 2006) as it nears Nikko.  (A)

日光行き特急 - 日光の近く  (2010年)

"Nikko-Bound Express - Window View (B)" (2010)

Looking out a left side window of an old 1978 JR Tokkyu express train (with the inside renovated in 2006) as it nears Nikko.  (B)

日光行き特急 - 日光の近く  (2010年)

"Rooftop View from Funamiso Ryokan" (2010)

Looking out over the river from the rooftop of Ryokan Funamiso.

Ryokan Funamisou:
Eng: http://www.japanbooking.info/ryokan/funamisou
Jp: http://funamisou.com/

ニッケン舟見荘屋上ビュー  (2010年)



"Odakyu Line Sangubashi, Shinjuku Live, and Shinjuku Various"

Views of the area around Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line, a few street performers in Shinjuku, as well as general Shinjuku street scenes.  On another day, views of taking the Odakyu Line to Sangubashi Station and a 360-degree video taken within Yoyogi Park.  - Typical views of Tokyo in October.

"Narrow Passage by Odakyu Line" (101012Tu-1718)

Walking along a narrow passageway next to the Odakyu Line.

小田急線の隣の細い道  東京

"Walking Towards Sangubashi Station" (101012Tu-1722)

Walking towards Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line.

小田急線の参宮橋駅に向かっての散歩  東京

"Sangubashi Station - Watching Trains" (101012Tu-1735)

At Sangubashi Station, watching an outbound train pass by and then watching my inbound train come in.

小田急線の参宮橋駅で電車を見ている  東京

"South Exit of Shinjuku Station" (101012Tu-1743)

Exiting the South Exit of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の南口  東京

"Shinjuku Street Musician" (101012Tu-2055)

Walking by a street musician in Shinjuku.

新宿駅前ストリートライブ  東京

"Koyama Akari (小山あかり) Live in Shinjuku" (101012Tu-2100)

Koyama Akari performing live in Shinjuku.

新宿駅前小山あかりストリートライブ  東京

"Hibi Haohiro Live in Shinjuku" (101012Tu-2103)

Hibi Haohiro performing live in Shinjuku.

新宿駅前日比直博ストリートライブ  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll" (101012Tu-2107)

Strolling along in Nishi-Shinjuku.

西新宿散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho Stroll" (101012Tu-2108)

Strolling down the always interesting Omoide-Yokocho in Shinjuku.

新宿思い出横丁散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Tunnel Music" (101012Tu-2109)

Watching a train cross a bridge and then listening to some kind of live music in a concrete pedestrian tunnel that runs under the JR tracks.

新宿トンネル音楽  東京

"Shinjuku Morning Rush Transfer From Chuo Line To Odakyu Line" - (101013-0741)

Rushing from the Chuo Line at Shinjuku Station to the Odakyu Line.


"Odakyu Line - Shinjuku to Minami-Shinjuku" (101013-0742)

Riding a local Odakyu Line train from Shinjuku to Minami-Shinjuku.


"Odakyu Line - Minami-Shinjuku to Sangubashi - (101013-0744)

Riding a local Odakyu Line train from Minami-Shinjuku to Sangubashi.


"Yoyogi Park 360" (101013We-1527)

Looking around 360 degrees in one spot of Yoyogi Park.

代々木公園360  東京

"Sangubashi Station - Train Leaving" (101013We-1802)

Just missing a train out of Sangubashi Station.

参宮橋駅 - 電車の出発  東京

"Sangubashi Station - Romance Car Passing" (101013We-1804)

Watching one of the reserved seat "Romance Car" trains passing Sangubashi Station.

参宮橋駅 - ロマンスカーが通る  東京

"Shinjuku Southeast Plaza" (101013We-1812)

Looking around in the plaza by the southeast exit of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅隣の広場  東京

"Shinjuku - Walking Towards East Entrance" (101013We-1814)

Walking towards the east entrance to Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の東口に向かう  東京

"Shinjuku - Walking Away From East Entrance" - (101013-1816)

Walking away from the East Entrance of Shinjuku Station.


"Shinjuku - Walking Away from East Entrance" (101013We-1818)

Walking away from the east entrance to Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の東口から離れる  東京

"Shinjuku - Continuing Away from East Entrance Area (A)" (101013We-1819)

Continuing to walk away from the east entrance of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の東口から離れて行く (A)  東京

"Shinjuku - Continuing Away from East Entrance Area (B)" (101013We-1820)

Continuing to walk away from the east entrance of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の東口から離れて行く (B)  東京

"Walking Into Kabukicho" (101013We-1822)

Walking Into the Kabukicho area of Shinjuku.

新宿歌舞伎町あたりに向かう  東京



"Whatever Happened to my old Early-Days Friend TM?" - (911005)

I revisited October 5th, 1991 today via video I took that day, and in the video is a man - TM - who I met in 1984 while staying at a "gaijin house" in Mitaka (Tokyo English Center, I think it was) which was in an old wooden building (formerly a company dormitory) with widows that rattled when the wind blew. (Checking the Internet, there's a new place with the same name just down the Chuo Line, so maybe that's where they moved after that old wooden building was torn down.)

The rooms there had two beds each and the concept was that they put one foreigner in with one local. The foreigners were there because it was cheap accommodation, and the locals were there for the novelty of it and also to get experience interacting with foreigners (this was when the exchange rate was Y245 to $1, so foreign travel was rather expensive). I was only there about a month, but it was an interesting time and the building was a remnant of another era.

There's much that could be said about that time, and I was planning to do so, but it's late, so I'll just say that this came soon after my Shinagawa adventures, which I (previously) detailed here:

"August/September 1984/2006"

I wonder what became of my old roommate - who was a student at Waseda University? I remember being impressed that he was studiously going through a very difficult English novel as part of his studies, but could barely speak a word of English. Since this was during my first two months in japan, and I could hardly speak a word of Japanese; not surprisingly, we never got to know each other.

Hmm... I just had a flashback in thinking about it. When I left after being there only a month (I would have been there longer, but found a job in Chigasaki at a small school that arranged for me to rent a room in a house near the Shonan Beach), I seem to remember feeling as though I had let my roommate down. In spite of nearly zero verbal communication, we got along okay and I think he was hoping to get to communicate with me a little and was unhappy that I was drifting off so soon. In the same situation now, I'd make a point to meet up with him and others there again after moving, but I was in the thick of my New-World-Adventure and things were constantly changing, so I just pushed ahead.

Anyway - another (short) chapter in the Early Years story. Here's the October 1991 video with former Mitaka Tokyo English Center resident TM in the middle - buying cigarettes and talking to the shopkeeper about them:

"1991 Minami-Ikebukuro and Shibuya" - (911005)

I sure wish I'd had a video camera back in 1984! It was the end of an era. From 1985, the value of the yen began steeply climbing and then just about everything changed pretty radically after that... I guess.., but - come to think of it - Tokyo never stops changing.



"Seibu Haijima Line Construction, Ginza, Chuo Line, and Shinjuku"

Starting off with a look out the right side of a Seibu-Haijima Line train as it passes a rail construction zone between Ogawa and Hagiyama stations, and then going off to Ginza, followed by Chuo Line views and views in Shinjuku - including of a street band there.

"Seibu-Haijima Line Construction Between Ogawa and Hagiyama" (100928Tu-1332)

Looking out a right-side window at the ongoing construction on the Seibu-Haijima Line between Ogawa and Hagiyama Stations.

西武拝島線工事 - 小川駅と萩山駅の間  東京

"Entering Tozai Takadanobaba Station" (100928Tu-1404)

Entering the Tozai Line subway part of Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅の東西線に入るとこと  東京

"Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba" (100928Tu-1406)

Watching a Tozai Line train come in, and boarding it at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅で東西線を乗る  東京

"Ginza Station Show Window Display Changes" (100928Tu-1427)

Walking past a row of display windows in Ginza Station as they were being changed to a new display.

銀座駅のショーウィンドーディスプレー変換  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll" (100928Tu-1428)

Walking down Chuo-Dori in Ginza after a rain.

銀座中央通散歩  東京

"Ginza Doorway View" (100928Tu-1454)

Looking out a doorway in Ginza onto the passersby on the street.

銀座玄関ビュー  東京

"Waiting for a Keihin-Tohoku Line Train at Yurakucho" (100928Tu-1935)

Waiting for a Keihin-Tohoku Line train to arrive at Yurakucho Station.

有楽町駅で京浜東北線電車を待っている  東京

"Nighttime Chuo Line - Tokyo to Kanda" (100928Tu-1940)

Looking out a left-side window of a Chuo Line train at night as it goes from Tokyo Station to Kanda Station.

夜中央線 - 東京駅から神田駅まで  東京

"Kanda to Ochanomizu - Nighttime Chuo Line" (100928Tu-1942)

Looking out a left side window on a nighttime Chuo Line train as it goes from Kanda Station to Ochanomizu Station.

夜中央線 - 神田駅から御茶ノ水駅まで  東京

"Departing Ochanomizu via the Chuo Line" (100928Tu-1949)

Departing Ochanomizu on a nighttime Chuo Line train.

夜中央線 - 御茶ノ水駅からの出発  東京

"Chuo Line - Passing Local Train in Central Area" (100928Tu-1950)

Looking out a left-side window of a Chuo Line train as it passes a local train in central Tokyo.

夜中央線 - 各駅電車より、お先に  東京

"Arriving in Shinjuku and Chuo Line Platform Scene" (100928Tu-1952)

Arriving at Shinjuku Station on an outbound Chuo Line Train and then looking around on the platform while it unloads, loads, and departs again.

中央線で新宿駅に到着とホームの様子  東京

"Stumbling Upon Shinjuku Street Band Otsukarezu" (100928Tu-2153)

Walking off into the night from the south exit of Shinjuku Station, I stumbled upon the street band "Otsukarezu".

新宿駅南口から散歩が始まりと「おつかれーず」というストリートバンドが発見しました!  東京

"Ramen Stand by Shinjuku Station South Entrance" (100928Tu-2200)

Taking a quick look at a ramen stand by the south entrance to Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅南口隣のラーメン... 何とか  東京

"Entering Shinjuku Station via South Entrance" (100928Tu-2201)

Entering Shinjuku Station from the south entrance/exit.

新宿駅南口から駅を入る  東京

"Azusa Express Train Arrives at Shinjuku" (100928Tu-2202)

Watching an Azusa reserved-seat express train arrive at Shinjuku S

Azusa特急電車が新宿駅に到着  東京

"Azusa Express Reflections at Shinjuku Station" (100928Tu-2205)

Walking by reflections on an Azusa reserved seat express.

Azusa特急電車の新宿駅反射  東京

"Watching Chuo Line Trains Depart Yotsuya Station" (100928Tu-2211)

Watching an outbound and an inbound Chuo Line train depart Yotsuya Station - one after the other.

四ッ谷駅から出発する中央線  東京

"Azusa Express Passes Yotsuya Station" (100928Tu-2240)

Watching an Azusa reserved-seat train pass while I was waiting for a Chuo Line train.

四ッ谷駅からAzusa特急が通る  東京



"Kabukicho and Shinjuku"

Starting off with a view out the window of a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Takadanobaba to Shinjuku and then some Kabukicho and Nishi-Shinjuku views, followed by Shinjuku views and another look at Kabukicho.

"Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku (Left Side)" (100921Tu-1851)

Riding a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train from Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku (left side view).

西武新宿線で、高田馬場駅から、西武新宿駅まで  東京

"Platform Walk at Seibu-Shinjuku Station" (100921Tu-1853)

Walking down the platform at Seibu-Shinjuku Station as people line up for and board an outbound express.

西武新宿駅のプラットフォーム散歩  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-A" (100921Tu-1856)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (A)

歌舞伎町散歩-A  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-B" (100921Tu-1859)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (B)

歌舞伎町散歩-B  東京

"Kabukicho Stroll-C" (100921Tu-1859)

Walking through part of Kabukicho. (C)

歌舞伎町散歩-C  東京

"Shinjuku - West Side Street Singer" (100921Tu-1905)

Walking along the west side of Shinjuku Station - and coming upon a street singer.

新宿駅西口隣のストリート歌手  東京

"Shinjuku West Side Smoke Area" (100921Tu-1909)

Walking past the smoke area on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅西口隣の煙ゾーン  東京

"Walking by Shinjuku Keio Department Store" (100921Tu-1910)

Walking by Keio Department Store on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿Keioデパート前を歩く  東京

"Shinjuku Southern Terrace 360 View" (100921Tu-2057)

Doing a 360 look around on the Southern Terrace near Shinjuku Station.

新宿サザンテーラスの360ビュー  東京

"Trains Near Shinjuku-A" (100921Tu-2101)

Trains near Shinjuku Station. (A)

新宿近くの電車  東京 (A)

"Trains Near Shinjuku-B" (100921Tu-2110)

Trains near Shinjuku Station. (B)

新宿近くの電車  東京 (B)

"Walking Under Road Bridge in Shinjuku" (100921Tu-2124)

Walking under a road bridge in Shinjuku - near a construction project.

新宿道路橋の下を通る  東京 (B)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (A)" (100921Tu-2124)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (A)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (A)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (B)" (100921Tu-2127)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (B)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (B)

"Shinjuku 3-Chome Stroll (C)" (100921Tu-2128)

Walking through Shinjuku 3-Chome. (C)

新宿三丁目散歩  東京 (C)

"Dodging Kabukicho Salesmen" (100921Tu-2134)

Walking into Kabukicho and dodging a very persistent nightclub services salesman.

新宿歌舞伎町に入るところ  東京 (C)

"Kabukicho Stroll - 9:30 p.m." (100921Tu-2138)

Walking through part of Kabukicho.

新宿歌舞伎町散歩  東京

"Seibu-Shinjuku Station Ticket Gates" (100921Tu-2140)

Going through the ticket gates at Seibu-Shinjuku Station.

西武新宿駅の改札口を通るところ  東京



"Holiday Morning Trains, Ginza Chuo Dori, SB-1955 Chevy Ride, Yurakucho SB, Etc."

Riding holiday morning trains to Shinbashi, and then walking around in Ginza into the evening.  After Ginza I walked over to the Yurakucho SB and ended up getting a ride in the SB-1955 Chevy.  This set of clips ends with Yurakucho scenes and a train out of Yurakucho.

"Holiday Morning Kanda Station" (100920Mo-0757)

A mostly empty Kanda Station on a holiday morning.

休日の朝神田駅  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho (Left Side)" (100920Mo-0800)

Riding from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station (left side view).

東京駅から有楽町駅まで  東京

"Exiting Shinbashi Station" (100920Mo-0804)

Exiting Shinbashi Station and heading towards Shiodome.

新橋駅を出て、汐留へ向かう  東京

"Empty Walkway Near Shiodome" (100920Mo-0813)

Walking on elevated walkways near Shiodome.

汐留近くの横断歩道橋  東京

"Ginza 8-Chome Fringe" (100920Mo-0837)

A lonely spot between buildings on the edge of Ginza - in 8-Chome.

銀座八丁目の寂しいところ  東京

"Ginza 6-Chome Stroll" (100920Mo-1100)

Walking around in Ginza 6-Chome.

銀座六丁目散歩  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome Intersection Area" (100920Mo-1149)

Walking around in and near the Ginza 4-Chome intersection.

銀座四丁目あたり  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll-A" (100920Mo-1151)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo-Dori. (A)

銀座中央通散歩-A  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll-B" (100920Mo-1152)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo-Dori. (B)

銀座中央通散歩-B  東京

"Ginza Narrow Passageway" (100920Mo-1154)

Walking along a very narrow path between buildings in Ginza.

銀座ウルトラ細い道  東京

"Construction Behind Okuno Building" (100920Mo-1343)

Taking a look at construction on an old building right behind the Okuno Building.

銀座奥野ビルの後ろ側の工事  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building Inside Elevator Doors" (100920Mo-1723)

Looking at the internal elevator doors in the Okuno Building as the elevator descends.

銀座奥野ビルのエレベータードア  東京

"Ginza Dori Pedestrian Paradise - A" (100920Mo-1734)

Near 1-Chome on a holiday, when they have "Pedestrian Paradise" in Ginza.  (A)

銀座大通り車ぬき  東京

"Ginza Dori Pedestrian Paradise - B" (100920Mo-1759)

Near 6-Chome on a holiday, when they have "Pedestrian Paradise" in Ginza.  (B)

銀座大通り車ぬき  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome Intersection at Night" (100920Mo-1803)

Looking around at the Ginza 4-Chome intersection.

夜の銀座四丁目交差点  東京

"Ginza Chuo Dori Night Stroll" (100920Mo-1805)

Walking along Ginza's Chuo Dori at night.

夜の銀座中央通散歩  東京

"Yurakucho Night Rail Bridge" (100920Mo-1813)

Walking under an old steel bridge in Yurakucho.

有楽町鉄道橋  東京

"Yurakucho-SB 1955 Chevy Ride - September 20th, 2010" (100920Mo-2025)

Riding in a 1955 Chevy near Tokyo Station.

東京駅近くの1955年Chevy  東京

"Yurakucho-SB 1955 Chevy Drives Off - September 20th, 2010" (100920Mo-2030)

Watching the SB-1955 Chevy drive off near Tokyo Station.

東京駅近くの1955年Chevy  東京

"Yurakucho Late-Night SB" (100920Mo-2253)

Late night at the Yurakucho SB.

有楽町の夜遅くSB  東京

"Yurakucho Station - Waiting for Train at 11:00 p.m. (Holiday)" (100920Mo-2257)

Waiting for a train at Yurakucho Station at 11:00 p.m.

有楽町駅駅で電車を待つ  東京

"Yurakucho to Tokyo at 11:00 p.m." (100920Mo-2300)

Riding a Keihin-Tohoku Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo.

京浜東北線で、有楽町駅から東京駅まで  東京



"Tozai Line, Ginza Broken Antenna, Shinjuku Station, Etc."

Starting off with views on the Tozai Line, and then going up to a rooftop on an old building in Ginza to view a scene among broken antennas.  After that, scenes at Tokyo and Shinjuku Stations.

"Takadanobaba Tozai Line Platform Walk" (100907Tu-1504)

Walking down the Tozai Line platform at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅の東西線ホーム散歩  東京

"Tozai Line Arrival at Takadanobaba Station" (100907Tu-1505)

Watching a Tozai Line train arrive at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅の東西線が遣って来ます  東京

"Tozai Line - Takadanobaba to Waseda" (100907Tu-1506)

Tozai Line - rolling from Takadanobaba Station to Waseda Station.

東西線 - 高田馬場駅から、早稲田駅まで  東京

"Tozai Line - Iidabashi to Kudanshita" (100907Tu-1514)

Tozai Line - rolling from Iidabashi Station to Kudanshita Station.

東西線 - 飯田橋駅から、九段下駅まで  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - A" (100907Tu-1559)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - A  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - B" (100907Tu-1658)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - B  東京

"Ginza Broken Antenna - C" (100907Tu-1701)

Looking around on a rooftop with broken antennas.  (5:00 p.m. speaker-bells.)

銀座の壊れたアンテナ - C  東京

"Evening Tokyo Station Stroll" (100907Tu-1851)

Walking through Tokyo Station in the evening.

夕方東京駅散歩  東京

"Tokyo Station Chuo Line Platform Stroll" (100907Tu-1853)

Walking along the Chuo Line platform at Tokyo Station during the evening rush as a train comes in.

夕方東京駅の中央線散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Chuo Line Platform at 7:00 p.m." (100907Tu-1909)

Walking along the outbound Chuo Line platform during the evening rush in Shinjuku.

夕方新宿駅の中央線散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Station - Upper Level and South Exit" (100907Tu-1910)

Walking through the upper level of Shinjuku Station, and then out the South Exit.

夕方新宿駅南口あたり  東京



"Mt. Takao, Tozai Line, Ginza, Chuo Line, Etc."

Starting off with a daytime ride up Mt. Takao via the cable car that leaves near Takaosan-guchi Station, followed by a nighttime decent.  After that some views of Ginza mixed in with train views (Seibu-Shinjuku Line, Tozai Line, Chuo Line, etc.

"Mt. Takao - Daytime Cable Car Ride Up" (100913-1248)

Riding the Takao-san cable car up the mountain in the daytime.

高尾山のケーブルカー - 昼間の上り  東京

"Mt. Takao - Nighttime Cable Car Ride Down" (100913-2146)

Riding the Takao-san cable car down the mountain at night.

高尾山のケーブルカー - 夜の下り  東京

"Changing Trains at Kodaira Station" (100906Mo-1407)

Changing from a Seibu-Haijima Line train to a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train at Kodaira Station.

小平駅で電車乗り換え  東京

"Takadanobaba Station - Seibu Line to Subway" (100906Mo-1432)

Riding a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train into Takadanobaba Station and heading towards the Tozai Line in a hurry.

高田馬場駅での乗り換え (西武線から東西線に向かう)  東京

"Tozai Line - Waseda to Kagurazaka" (100906Mo-1440)

Looking around in a Tozai Line Train (mostly out the window) as it goes from Waseda Station to Kagurazaka Station.

東西線早稲田駅から神楽坂駅まで  東京

"Ginza Line - Boarding at Nihonbashi Station" (100906Mo-1452)

Boarding a Ginza Line train at Nihonbashi Station.

銀座線、日本橋駅で乗る  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-A" (100906Mo-1458)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (A)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-B" (100906Mo-1504)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (B)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Main Street Stroll-C" (100906Mo-1504)

Strolling down a main street in Ginza.  (C)

銀座で大通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Side Street Walk" (100906Mo-1637)

Walking down a side street in Ginza.

銀座の横通散歩  東京

"Ginza 4-Chome" (100906Mo-1656)

Looking around while crossing the street at Ginza 4-Chome.

銀座四丁目  東京

"Ginza Stroll - Nearing Yurakucho" (100906Mo-1659)

Walking through Ginza on my way to Yurakucho.

銀座散歩、有楽町に向かう  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Plaza" (100906Mo-1703)

Walking into Yurakucho Plaza in the evening.

有楽町プラザーに入る  東京

"Walking Through Late Night Tokyo Station" (100906Mo-2325)

Walking through late-night Tokyo Station.

夜遅くの東京駅の中の散歩  東京

"Inside Chuo Line - Nearing Kanda Station" (100906Mo-2329)

Inside a Chuo Line train - nearing Kanda Station.

中央線内、神田駅に向かう  東京

"Late Night Chuo Line" (100907Mo-0010)

Inside a late-night Chuo Line train.

夜遅くの中央線  東京



"Ginza, the Chuo Line and Shinjuku"

Taken over the 6th and 7th of September - with views of Ginza taken on both days, as well as Chuo Line views and some scenes in Shinjuku.  Within the batch is a song performed live by a street musician in Shinjuku and a video of an art exhibition/installation in Ginza.

"Ginza 4-Chome Waco Building Clock Tower" (100906Mo-1601)

Looking up at the clock tower of the Waco Building just as it finishes striking four o'clock - with a background of white clouds drifting through a very blue sky.

銀座四丁目の和光ビルと青白空  東京

"Yurakucho Retail Store Cruise" (100906Mo-1626)

Walking through a discount electronics store in Yurakucho.

有楽町電気屋散歩  東京

"Kaneko Satoko (兼子紗都子) Exhibition - September 6th, 2010" (100906Mo-1733)

Exhibition by Kaneko Satoko (兼子紗都子) at the Ginza Okuno Building.  The shadows created by the exhibition/installation were very interesting.

兼子紗都子の銀座展示会  東京

"Tokyo Station Bus Area Late at Night" (100906Mo-2323)

Walking between a construction zone and the highway bus boarding area in front of Tokyo Station.

夜遅くの東京駅ハイウェイバス乗り場  東京

"Passing Old Orange Chuo Line Train - September 6th, 2010" (100906Mo-2343)

Passing an old orange Chuo Line train in a newer one.  At this point - September 6th, 2010 - there can't be many of the old type Chuo Line trains still being used.  Maybe this is the last one?

夜遅く、新しい中央線で古い中央線を通す  東京

"Window Reflections - Late Night Chuo Line" (100907Mo-0005)

Looking at out a door window on a late night Chuo Line train as it rolls westward.

夜遅く、中央線の窓反射  東京

"Street Band in Front of Kokubunji Station" (100907Mo-0015)

Looking and listening to a pair of street musicians performing in front of Kokubunji Station late at night.

国分寺駅前のストリートバンド  東京

"Ginza Line - Arriving at Ginza Station" (100907Tu-1525)

Arriving at Ginza Station in a Ginza Line subway train.

銀座線で銀座駅に到着  東京

"Ginza Chuo-Dori Stroll" (100907Tu-1528)

Walking along Chuo Dori at the beginning of September - in temperatures unchanged from August.

銀座中央通り散歩  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building Manual Door Elevator Ride" (100907Tu-1535)

Riding in the Okuno Building elevator, with its manually operated doors.

銀座奥野ビルの手動エレベーター  東京

"Ginza Okuno Building 6th Floor Gate" (100907Tu-1539)

Looking at the 6th floor gate in the Ginza Okuno Building (with the former danwashitsu across the hall behind it), and up towards the 7th floor. 

銀座奥野ビルの六階ゲートと七階  東京

"Nakajima Takashi (中嶌タカシ) Live in Shinjuku" (100907Tu-2123)

Listening to a song by Nakajima Takashi - performed live in front of the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿でストリートライブの中嶌タカシ  東京

"Shinjuku Street Musician at 21:33" (100907Tu-2133)

A street musician performing at 9:33 p.m.  (I'm not sure what his name is - otherwise I'd put it in here!)

新宿の21:33ストリートライブ  東京

"Shinjuku Station West Side Wandering" (100907Tu-2136)

Wandering around - past a group of Chinese tourists and a woman singing while playing a keyboard.

新宿駅の西側ブラブラ散歩  東京

"Shinjuku 9:30 p.m. Stroll - Omoide-Yokocho" (100907Tu-2138)

Walking around in Shinjuku - and through the izakaya street Omoide-Yokocho.

新宿21:30散歩 - 思い出横丁  東京



"Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, and Late-Night Nakano Back-Streets"

Opening with train views from the Tozai and Ginza subway lines.  Then a brief view inside the Okuno Building, walking by the former 6th-floor lounge (danwashitsu) of the building (now used as a conference room by one of the 6th-floor offices).

Then Yurakucho, train scenes on the way to Shinjuku, Shinjuku scenes, followed by more train scenes on the way to Nakano and then late-night Nakano scenes - taken on back streets.  Finally, wrapping up with a reflective look inside a Chuo Line train.

"Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba" (100831Tu-1435)

A Tozai Subway Line train arrives at Takadanobaba Station.

東西線が高田馬場駅に到着  東京

"Ginza Line - Nihonbashi to Kyobashi" (100831Tu-1453)

Looking out the back cab of a Ginza Line train as it goes from Nihonbashi to Kyobashi.

銀座線の一番後ろに見て、日本橋駅から、京橋駅まで  東京

"Walking by the Former Lounge of the Okuno Building" (100831Tu-1523)

Walking by the room that used to be the lounge in the Okuno Building (formerly called "Ginza Apartment[s]").

銀座奥野ビルの元談話室の前を通る  東京

"Sato Hinako (佐藤比南子) Exhibit/Installation in Ginza" (100831Tu-1708)

An interesting installation by Sato Hinako, featuring an arrangement of wool.  (The color balance of this video is off on the red side.)

佐藤比南子さんの銀座展示会/インスタレーション  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Station in the Evening" (100831Tu-1834)

Entering Yurakucho Station at around 6:30 in the evening.

夕方、有楽町駅に入るところ  東京

"Keihin-Tohoku Line - Yurakucho to Tokyo" (100831Tu-1835)

Looking out a right side window of a Keihin-Tohoku Line train between Yurakucho and Tokyo stations.

夕方、京浜東北線で有楽町駅から東京駅まで(右側)  東京

"Waiting to Board Chuo Line at Tokyo Station" (100831Tu-1838)

Waiting to board a Chuo Line train at Tokyo Station.  Sometimes - like in this video, they make everyone wait while they make sure there is no one left on the train.  This is done to stop people from Kanda etc. from backtracking and just staying on the train in order to keep/get a seat.

東京駅で中央線を乗る為の待つ  東京

"Outbound Chuo Line Train Loading at Shinjuku During Rush" (100831Tu-1854)

Walking along the outbound Chuo Line platform as a train unloads and loads.

新宿駅の夕方ラッシュの下り中央線  東京

"Shinjuku Station - Upper Level and South Exit" (100831Tu-1855)

Walking around the upper level of Shinjuku Station during the evening rush - walking past a book store and then out the South Exit ticket gates.

新宿駅 - 上のところと南口  東京

"Shinjuku - South Exit Westbound Hill Decent" (100831Tu-1857)

Walking down the westward hill after coming out of the south gate of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅南口の西向き散歩  東京

"Crossing into Shinjuku from Nishi-Shinjuku" (100831Tu-2136)

Crossing the street - entering Shinjuku from Nishi-Shinjuku.

西新宿から新宿へ入るとこと  東京

"Entering Shinjuku Station - South Exit - Chuo Line" (100831Tu-2136)

Walking up the hill to the south entrance to Shinjuku Station, then passing through the south entrance ticket gates, and walking along the Chuo Line platform.

新宿駅を入って、南改札口を通って、中央線に向かう  東京

"Outbound Chuo Line Train Arriving at Shinjuku Station" (100831Tu-2142)

Watching an outbound Chuo Line train arrive at Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅で下り中央線電車が遣って来る  東京

"Trains at Nakano Station - August 31st" (100831Tu-2149)

Watching passing and stopping trains while heading for the exit at Nakano Station.

中野駅で出口を向かって通る電車を見る  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (A)" (100831Tu-2158)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (A)

中野横道散歩(A)  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (B)" (100831Tu-2202)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (B)

中野横道散歩(B)  東京

"Nakano Back Street Stroll (C)" (100831Tu-2203)

Walking around on the back streets of Nakano.  (C)

中野横道散歩(C)  東京

"Nighttime Tsukin-Kaisoku Chuo Line Window Reflections" (100831Tu-2224)

Left side nighttime window view on an outbound Chuo Line train.  (Notice the blue lights on platforms the train passes - particularly the one towards the end of the clip.)

夜通勤快速中央線窓反射  東京



"Nakano Back Streets and a Street Musician"

This set of clips begins as I exit Nakano Station - and from there I wander around on some back streets before returning to the area in front of the station, where I listen to a street magician perform and then go back to the narrow streets, and then ride a few trains (as usual).

"Exiting Nakano Station on a Friday Afternoon" (100827Fr-1624)

Exiting Nakano Station around 4:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon.

金曜日中野駅を出る  東京

"Nakano Traffic Island" (100827Fr-1625)

Walking over to the traffic island in front of Nakano Station.

金曜日中野駅 - 駅前の交通島  東京

"Nakano Back Streets - Friday Afternoon (A)" (100827Fr_1627)

Wandering around on back streets in Nakano.  (A)

金曜日中野の横道 (A)  東京

"Nakano Back Streets - Friday Afternoon (B)" (100827Fr_1630)

Wandering around on back streets in Nakano.  (B)

金曜日中野の横道 (B)  東京

"Nakano Ice Man" (100827Fr-1656)

Watching a back street ice man saw some ice in front of a restaurant.

中野の横道アイスマン  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (A)" (100827Fr-1702)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday afternoon.

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (A)  東京

"Bus Stop Scene in Nakano - Friday Evening" (100827Fr-1708)

Looking around from a bus stop in front of Nakano Station.

中野駅前のバス停の回り見  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (B)" (100827Fr-1710)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday af
ternoon.  (She began playing alone, but then a drummer joined in.)

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (B)  東京

"Saeki Mayu (冴木まゆ) Live in Nakano (C)" (100827Fr-1715)

Listening to Saeki Mayu perform live in front of Nakano Station on a Friday afternoon.

冴木まゆストリートライブ、イン中野 (C)  東京

"Leaving Izakaya in Nakano" (100827Fr-2044)

Leaving an interesting izakaya in Nakano.

中野の居酒屋を出るところ  東京

"People in Front of Nakano Sun Plaza" (100827Fr-2217)

People hanging around in front of Nakano Sun Plaza late at night.

中野サンプラザ前の人々  東京

"Night Chuo Line - Shinjuku to Near Yotsuya" (100827Fr-2239)

Looking out the window of a late night Chuo Line train as it runs between Shinjuku and Yotsuya.

夜の上り中央線 - 新宿駅から四ッ谷駅の近くまで  東京

"Neighboring Platform Yamanote Line" (100827Fr-2252)

Watching a Yamanote Line train come and go at the next platform.

夜遅く山手線 (隣のホーム)  東京

"Entering Yurakucho Station" (100827Fr-2306)

Entering Yurakucho Station late at night on a Friday.

夜遅く有楽町駅に入るところ  東京



"Hot August Day in Harajuku, the Yamanote Line, and Shinjuku"

Starting at Harajuku Station, I walk around in Harajuku for a while - including on Takeshita-Dori, Meiji-Dori, and Omotesando - as well as leaving the main streets and exploring some of the side streets.  Among the side streets, I take a 360-degree look around the area from a rooftop.  Returning to Harajuku Station, I watch through the front cab as the Yamanote Line takes me to Yoyogi and Shinjuku, where I get off and walk around a little (mostly in Nishi-Shinjuku) before getting on a Chuo Line train via the South Entrance to Shinjuku Station.

"Harajuku Station View as Yamanote Line Train Arrives" (100827Fr-1407)

Watching a Yamanote Line train arrive at Harajuku Station and then heading for the stairs.

原宿駅ホーム様子、山手線が到着、階段に向かう  東京

"Exiting Harajuku Station in August" (100827Fr-1408)

Exiting Harajuku Station to begin a stroll around the area.

原宿駅から散歩出発  東京

"Harajuku - Walking Towards Takeshita-Dori" (100827Fr-1410)

Walking towards the entrance to Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku.

原宿 - 竹下通りに向かう  東京

"Harajuku - Crossing Meiji-Dori and Heading into a Side Street" (100827Fr-1419)

Harajuku - After crossing Meiji-Dori, I head down a side street.

原宿 - 明治通りから横道に入る  東京

"Harajuku - Meiji-Dori Stroll" (100827Fr-1423)

Harajuku - Walking along Meiji-Dori - with everyone in their summer clothes.

原宿 - 明治通り散歩  東京

"Harajuku - End of August" (100827Fr-1425)

Harajuku - People lazily walking around in the August heat.

原宿 - 明治通り - 八月の末  東京

"Harajuku - Meiji-Dori and Omotesando Intersection" (100827Fr-1427)

Harajuku - Looking around and then crossing Omotesando where it crosses Meiji-Dori.

原宿 - 八月の末の明治通りと表参道の交差点  東京

"Harajuku Omotesando Stroll - Heading Towards Harajuku Station" (100827Fr-1430)

Walking up Omotesando, beneath its large trees, towards Harajuku Station.

原宿表参道散歩 - 原宿駅に向かう  東京

"Harajuku Omotesando Stroll - Street Drummer" (100827Fr-1431)

Harajuku - Walking along Omotesando, passing a street drummer along the way.

原宿表参道散歩ストリートドラマー  東京

"Harajuku Side Streets Near Omotesando" (100827Fr-1447)

Turning off from Omotesando and walking into the side streets of Harajuku.

原宿表参道近くの横道  東京

"Harajuku - Side Street Rooftop Views" (100827Fr-1454)

Looking around at the surrounding area from a rooftop in Harajuku.

原宿横道の屋上ビュー  東京

"Harajuku Back Streets" (100827Fr-1506)

Walking around on some Harajuku Back Streets.

原宿の横道  東京

"Harajuku Takeshita-Dori Stroll - 3:00 p.m." (100827Fr-1507)

Walking towards Harajuku Station on Takeshita-Dori at around 3:00 p.m. on a hot August day.

原宿竹下通り散歩 - 午後三時  東京

"Yamanote Line - Arrival of Shibuya/Shinagawa-Bound Train" (100827Fr-1515)

Watching Yamanote Line trains come and go at Harajuku Station, and then climbing on one bound for Shinjuku/Ikebukuro.

原宿駅で山手線の電車が遣って来ると出発  東京

"Harajuku to Yoyogi - Yamanote Front Cab View" (100827Fr-1517)

Looking out the front cab window of a Yamanote Line train as it goes from Harajuku to Yoyogi.

山手線 - 原宿駅から代々木駅までの運転手席ビュー  東京

"Yoyogi to Shinjuku, and Shinjuku Platform Walk" (100827Fr-1519)

Yamanote Line front cab view from Yoyogi to Shinjuku, and then a walk down the platform at Shinjuku Station.

山手線 - 代々木駅から、新宿駅までの運転手席ビュー、と新宿駅のホーム散歩  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku - Street in Front of Yodobashi Camera" (100827Fr-1608)

The street in front of Yodobashi Camera - which is wet not due to rain, but in order to take some of the heat off of it I think....

西新宿のヨドバシカメラ前  東京

"Shinjuku - Free Gum Sample" (100827Fr-1610)

Shinjuku - Receiving a free sample of a new type of gum.

新宿の無料ガムサンプル  東京

"Shinjuku - Walking Uphill Towards the South Exit" (100827Fr-1611)

Walking towards the south entrance to Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅南口に向かう  東京

"Entering Shinjuku Station South Entrance" (100827Fr-1613)

After entering Shinjuku Station through the south entrance, I head down a flight of stairs to the outbound Chuo Line platform.

新宿駅南口に入って、中央線に向かう  東京

"Shinjuku - Outbound Chuo Line Arrival" (100827Fr-1616)

Watching an outbound Chuo Line train come in at Shinjuku Station, and then boarding it.

新宿駅で、下り中央線電車を乗る  東京



"Isomichi Kazuhisa - Live in Nakano, Trains, and Hot-August-Day Shinjuku"

Opening with a nice song by Isomichi Kazuhisa (礒道和久), which was his last song for the evening at his street performance in Nakano on August 27th.  Next is a stroll down Takeshita-Dori in Harajuku (taken earlier the same day), then a train window view and a stroll through all ten cars of a 20000-Series Seibu train on the way to Shinjuku.

Skipping past time spent in Shinjuku (which we come back to later), I ride a Chuo Line train to Nakano, and then skipping past time spent in Nakano, I ride a Chuo Line train back to Shinjuku, and then (suddenly) I'm on a Yamanote Line train going from Yurakucho to Tokyo.

Then - jumping back in time on that same Friday, August 27th, 2010, I watch a 30000-Series train arrive at Ogawa, and then - suddenly - I'm in Shinjuku walking around - which continues through a few clips in chronological order, ending in the last clip of the bunch, which was taken as I entered Shinjuku Station from the South Entrance and got on a Yamanote Line train.

"Isomichi Kazuhisa (礒道和久) - Live in Nakano - August 27th, 2010" (100827-2157)

Isomichi Kazuhisa (礒道和久), playing his last song of the evening in front of Nakano Station. - August 27th, 2010

礒道和久 - 中野駅前で、ストリートライブ

Harajuku Takeshita-Dori Stroll (100827-1413)

Strolling down Takeshita-Dori on August 27th, 2010.


"Ogawa to Hagiyama - Right Side (Construction)" (100827-1221)

Looking out a right-side window of a Seibu Line train as it rolls from Ogawa Station to Hagiyama Station.

小川駅から萩山駅まで - 工事とか

"Takadanobaba to Seibu-Shinjuku Walk-Through on 20000 Series Train" (100827-1252)

Beginning at Takadanobaba Station - beginning in the last car, and walking  all the way through the 20000-series train as it rolls to Shinjuku.


Shinjuku to Nakano on the Chuo Line (Right Side) (100827-1617)

Looking out a right-side window of a Chuo Line train as it rolls from Shinjuku to Nakano.


Nakano to Shinjuku - Night Train Reflections (100827-2232)

Looking out into the night - and at the internal reflections in the window - on a late-night train from Nakano to Shinjuku.


Yurakucho to Tokyo - Late Night Yamanote Line (100827-2306)

Riding a late-night Yamanote Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo.


"30000-Series Seibu Train at Ogawa Station" (100827Fr-1220)

Watching a 30000-series Seibu train arrive at Ogawa Station.  This is the newest type of Seibu Train (as of August 2010 in any case).

30000型シリーズ西武線の電車が小川駅に遣って来る  東京

"Inside 30000 Series - Arriving at Kodaira Station" (100827Fr-1226)

Inside view of a 30000-Series Seibu Line train as it arrives at Kodaira Station.

30000型シリーズ西武線の電車が小平駅に到着  東京

"Noontime August Shinjuku" (100827Fr-1258)

Walking around near Seibu-Shinjuku Station on a hot August day just before 1:00 p.m.

八月厚い昼の新宿  東京

"Noontime Shinjuku - Heading Towards Shinjuku Station" (100827Fr_1259)

Walking towards Shinjuku Station on a hot August day in the year 2010.

八月厚い昼の新宿 - 新宿駅に向かう  東京

"Nearing East Entrance to Shinjuku Station in August" (100827Fr-1302)

Nearing the east entrance to Shinjuku Station on a rather hot August day.

八月厚い昼の新宿 - 新宿駅に近づく  東京

"Shinjuku Railway Underpass" (100827Fr-1304)

Walking through the tunnel-like underpass that goes under the tracks in Shinjuku - connecting the east side to the west side.

新宿駅近づくの線路下の通路  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku - Noontime Omoide-Yokocho, Etc." (100827Fr-1305)

Walking around in Nishi-Shinjuku near (and through) the Omoide-Yokocho izakaya street.

西新宿のお昼散歩 - 思い出横丁など  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Station Area" (100827Fr-1307)

Walking towards the west entrance to Shinjuku Station, and then turning right and heading west - away from the station.

西新宿のお昼散歩 - 西へ向かう  東京

"NIshi-Shinjuku - Heading West (Passing Yodobashi Camera)" (100827Fr-1313)

Walking west in Nishi-Shinjuku, passing Yodobashi Camera.

西新宿のお昼散歩 - ヨドバシカメラを通って、西へ向かう  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll" (100827Fr-1315)

Walking around in Nishi-Shinjuku - walking past a new Burger King and heading towards Yodobashi Camera.

西新宿のお昼散歩 - ヨドバシカメラへ向かう  東京

"Entering Shinjuku Station and Boarding Yamanote Line" (100827Fr-1400)

Entering Shinjuku Station via the South Entrance and boarding a Yamanote Line train where the six-door car used to be.  The train that came in had a four-door car there though - apparently they are dumping the six-door cars (which are very useful during peak rush times) in order to accommodate the platform wall doors that they've begun installing at Yamanote Line stations (starting with Ebisu Station).

新宿駅南口に入って、山手線を乗る(さよなら六ドア車)  東京



"Trip to Kawasaki - Friday, August 20th, 2010"

My trip from Shinjuku to Kawasaki in the early evening, and then part of the trip back towards Shinjuku very late at night - near the last trains for the day.  In addition to views from the Yamanote Line and the Tokaido Line, views in Shinjuku Station, Shinagawa Station, and Kawasaki Station.

"Shinjuku South Exit Crowds (Wrong Platform)" (100820Fr-1719)

Heading over to the Yamanote Line platform(s) - walking past the busy South Exit ticket gates and down to... the wrong platform (wrong direction)!

新宿南口の人々(プラットホームが間違えた)  東京

"Boarding Yamanote Line in Shinjuku (Friday Evening)" (100820Fr-1721)

Hurrying down the platform in Shinjuku before getting on a Shibuya/Shinagawa-bound Yamanote Line train.

新宿駅で内回りの山手線を乗る  東京

"Shinjuku to Yoyogi (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1722)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Shinjuku to Yoyogi.

山手線で新宿駅から、代々木駅まで (左側)  東京

"Yoyogi to Harajuku (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1723)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Yoyogi to Harajuku.

山手線で代々木駅から、原宿駅まで (左側)  東京

"Harajuku to Shibuya (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1726)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Harajuku to Shibuya.

山手線で原宿駅から、渋谷駅まで (左側)  東京

"Ebisu to Meguro (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1730)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Ebisu to Meguro.

山手線で恵比寿駅から、目黒駅まで (左側)  東京

"Meguro to Gotanda (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1732)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Meguro to Gotanda.

山手線で目黒駅から、五反田駅まで (左側)  東京

"Osaki to Shinagawa (Left Side - Yamanote Line)" (100820Fr-1736)

Looking out a left-side window of a Yamanote Line train as it rolls from Osaki to Shinagawa.

山手線で大崎駅から、品川駅まで (左側)  東京

"Shinagawa Transfer - Yamanote to Tokaido" (100820Fr-1740)

Changing from the Yamanote Line to the Tokaido Line at Shinagawa during the early part of the rush period.

品川駅で山手線から東海道線に乗り換え  東京

"Boarding Tokaido Line at Shinagawa" (100820Fr-1742)

Boarding the Tokaido Line at Shinagawa Station.

品川駅で東海道線を乗る  東京

"Inside Outbound Tokaido Line Train" (100820Fr-1748)

Inside an outbound Tokaido Line train between Shinagawa and Kawasaki.

下り東海道線電車の中  東京

"Kawasaki Train Tornado" (100820Fr-1752)

Here's what happens when you get caught in the vortex of a couple of Tokaido Line trains going in opposite directions.

川崎駅の東海道線竜巻  東京

"Kawasaki Station Crowds - Friday Evening" (100820Fr-1756)

Walking through crowds of people heading for the exit gates at Kawasaki Station on a Friday evening.

川崎駅の夕方ラッシュの人々  東京

"Exiting Kawasaki Station (Friday Evening)" (100820Fr-1801)

Passing through the ticket barrier at Kawasaki Station on a Friday evening during the evening homeward-bound rush.

川崎駅の改札口を通る (金曜日の夕方ラッシュ)  東京

"Kawasaki Station Waiting Area (Beside the Clock)" (100820Fr-1802)

Walking around the waiting area by the clock in Kawasaki Station.

川崎駅の待ち合わせ所 (時計の下)  東京

"Departing Outbound Tokaido Line Train at 12:00 a.m." (100820Fr-2358)

Watching an outbound Tokaido Line train departing Kawasaki Station.

川崎駅の下り東海道線が出発  東京

"Waiting for Inbound Tokaido Line at Kawasaki (12:00 a.m.)" (100821Fr-0000)

Waiting on a platform at Kawasaki Station for an inbound Tokaido Line train at 12:00 midnight.

川崎駅の上り東海道線を待っているところ  東京

"Waiting for a Yamanote Line Train at 12:22 a.m." (100821Fr-0022)

Waiting for a Shinjuku/Ikebukuro-bound Yamanote Line at (I think) Osaki Station.

外回り山手線を夜中の12:22に待っている  東京



"Shinagawa, Keikyu Line, Shinbashi Back Streets, and Purple Night Yurakucho"

A large batch of clips this time - starting with the Keikyu Line in Shinagawa, then going outside Shinagawa Station and having a look at the taxi area in front of the station.  From there I go to Shinbashi where I exit the train system and walk around on the side streets where there are still some old izakaya (although they are rapidly disappearing).  Finally I go to Yurakucho and look around a bit there.

"Keikyu Trains Arriving at Shinagawa Station" (100730Fr-1737)

Watching Keikyu trains (one of them the single-headlamp type) simultaneously arriving at Shinagawa Station from opposite directions.

京急線の電車々が品川駅に到着  東京

"Listening to Musical Motors Train Departing Shinagawa" (100730Fr-1740)

Listening to (and watching) an outbound Keikyu Line train departing Shinagawa Station.

京急線の音楽らしいモーター電車が品川駅に出発する  東京

"Heading for JR Transfer Gates from Keikyu Line" (100730Fr-1741)

Walking from the inbound platform at Keikyu's Shinagawa Station over to the transfer gates that lead over to the JR lines.

京急鉄道から、 JR乗り換え口までの散歩  東京

"Keikyu Shinagawa Outbound Platform" (100730Fr-1751)

Watching an outbound train come in to the first stop on its run - Shinagawa.  In the case of Toei subway trains, they come in with a load of people from the Toei-Asakusa Line, but for the Keikyu Line trains, Shinagawa is the fist stop on the line.

京急品川の下りホームで都営浅草線の電車が遣って来る  東京

"Keikyu Train Begins U-Turn at Shinagawa" (100730Fr-1754)

A Keikyu Line train beginning a U-turn operation to get it off of the inbound tracks and onto the outbound tracks and back at the station to head back out.

京急品川の電車がU-ターン作業の始まり  東京

"Toei-Asakusa Train Arrives at Keikyu's Shinagawa Station" (100730Fr-1755)

Watching an already fairly full Toei-Asakusa subway line train arrive at Keikyu's Shinagawa Station.  This is very convenient for people working on the Asakusa Line who need to transfer to the Keikyu Line, as they can take one train to get home.  (The fare if the same either way, but this saves them the physical bother of getting off of one train and onto another.)

都営浅草(地下鉄)線の電車が京急品川駅に到着します  東京

"Keikyu-Shinagawa Station - Heading for the Exit" (100730Fr-1759)

Heading from the outbound platform of Keikyu Shinagawa Station - down the stairs - and towards the street-level ticket gate barrier.

京急品川駅の出口に向かう  東京

"Crowds in Front of Shinagawa Station" (100730Fr-1800)

Walking through/in the evening rush crowds of people in front of Shinagawa Station.

品川駅前のラッシュ時間人々  東京

"Area in Front of Shinagawa Station" (100730Fr-1801)

Looking around in front of Shinagawa Station - from the taxi stands to the escalator leading up into the station.

品川駅前のラッシュ時間  東京

"Shinbashi Station - Departing Yamanote Line Train" (100730Fr-1821)

Watching a Yamanote Line train departing from Shinbashi Station - and then walking down the platform as a Keihin-Tohoku Line train leaves in the same direction, and a Yamanote Line train comes in going the other way (on a neighboring platform).

山手線の電車が新橋駅から出発する  東京

"Shinbashi Station Yamanote/Keihin-Tohoku Line Platform Walk" (100730Fr-1823)

Walking down one of the Yamanote Line & Keihin Tohoku Line platforms at Shinbashi Station during the evening rush.

新橋駅の山手線や京浜東北線ホームの散歩  東京

"Shinbashi Station - Exiting Station During Rush Period" (100730Fr-1839)

Exiting Shinbashi Station during the rush period - heading over towards the SL-Plaza.

通勤ラッシュの時に新橋駅から出る  東京

"Shinbashi Street Scene - Walking Away from Shinbashi Station" (100730Fr-1841)

Looking around a little in Shinbashi, and then walking off down the street, heading away from Shinbashi Station.

新橋ストレートシーン、新橋駅から山手線内方向に歩き出す  東京

"Shinbashi Streets - Izakaya, Etc-A" (100730Fr-1844)

Walking around on some back streets in Shinbashi.  These streets used to be very thick with retro-izakaya shops, but their numbers decrease year by year as the city becomes ever more modern; which is part of what Tokyo is of course, but the loss of the old stuff makes things - in some senses - less interesting.

新橋夕方ストレートシーン、居酒屋など (A)  東京

"Shinbashi Streets - Izakaya, Etc-B" (100730Fr-1850)

Continuing to walk around on back streets in Shinbashi.  It's fun walking on paths were there are no cars or trucks, and the narrowness of the streets is more interesting than if the streets were wide.

新橋夕方ストレートシーン、居酒屋など (B)  東京

"Shinbashi Streets - Izakaya, Etc-C" (100730Fr-1852)

These streets are still kind of interesting, but they were much more interesting before most of the signs were blazing florescent lights and half the buildings were blank walls rising up like impenetrable fortresses....

新橋夕方ストレートシーン、居酒屋など (C)  東京

"Shinbashi Streets - Izakaya, Etc-D" (100730Fr-1856)

This is a very short clip, but this captures the 2010 atmosphere while walking around looking for a restaurant or izakaya to visit.

新橋夕方ストレートシーン、居酒屋など (D)  東京

"Shinbashi SL-Plaza - 7:00 p.m." (100730Fr-1904)

Looking around Shinbashi SL Plaza as a clock strikes seven and the last illumination of the sun lights up the western sky.

夕方の新橋SL広場: 19:00時  東京

"Near Imperial Palace Hotel" (100730Fr-1916)

Looking around in the twilight of July 30th, 2010 near the Imperial Hotel.

夕方で帝国ホテルの近くの見回り  東京

"Yurakucho Street Scene - by Overhead Railway" (100730Fr-1917)

Walking along a street in Yurakucho that runs in parallel with the elevated railways - listening to the sound of the trains and watching people look for restaurants, etc.

夕方の有楽町 - 居酒屋通りを歩きながら、電車の音を聞く  東京

"Yurakucho - Walking Around" (100730Fr-1920)

Walking around on a Friday night in Yurakucho - past izakayas, etc.

有楽町金曜日の夜散歩、居酒屋赤提灯など  東京

"Yurakucho - Under Tracks Izakaya" (100730Fr-1921)

Walking by some izakaya under the elevated tracks in Yurakucho.

有楽町ガード下の居酒屋  東京

"Yurakucho - Contemplating the Evening" (100730Fr-2012)

Looking out into the purple Yurakucho night and reading/feeling the night winds....

夜の有楽町 - 夜の意味を読み取ろうと...  東京

"Evening Yurakucho-SB" (100730Fr-2015)

Looking around from street level seating at the Yurakucho SB.

夜の有楽町-SB  東京

"Yurakucho Steel Bridge Izakaya" (100730Fr-2250)

Walking by tables and chairs set up under a steel bridge in Yurakucho.  (I don't think they do this at this location when the weather is cold...)

有楽町の鉄橋下の居酒屋  東京



"Shinagawa, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, and the Keihin-Tohoku Line"

Views of Shinagawa - starting from the Keikyu Railways part of Shinagawa Station, going outside and looking around in front of the station, and then entering the JR part of the station.  From there I ride the Keihin-Tohoku Line from... Ooimachi Station (I went the wrong way when I got on in Shinagawa and had to backtrack) to Shinagawa, then up to Shinbashi - station by station, where I look around inside Shinbashi Station a bit.

"Shinagawa Station - Subway Departs, and Single Headlamp Single Door Train Arrives" (100730-1756)

Standing at the head of the outbound platform on the Keikyu platform at Shinagawa, I watch a Toei subway train depart, and then a Keikyu single-headlamp, single door (compared to the usual twin doors) train arrive.


"Shinagawa Station - Evening Crowds" (100730-1802)

Evening crowds at Shinagawa Station - starting with walking through the ticket gates and then walking around a bit inside the station.


"Shinagawa Station Jungle Walk" (100730-1804)

Doing the jungle walk inside Shinagawa Station during the evening rush, eventually walking down the stairs and onto a Keihin-Tohoku Line train.


"Ooimachi to Shinagawa - Right Side View" (100730-1810)

Riding the Keihin-Tohoku Line from Ooimachi Station to Shinagawa Station - looking out a right-side window.

京浜東北線の右側 - 大井町駅から、品川駅まで

"Shinagawa to Tamachi - Right-Side View" (100730-1813)

Riding the Keihin-Tohoku Line from Shinagawa Station to Tamachi Station - looking out a right-side window.  Along the way, the train passes by parked trains in the Shinagawa train yards, where several different types of trains can be seen.  As the train nears Tamachi, a Yamanote Line train - running in parallel - pulls ahead.

京浜東北線の右側 - 品川駅から、田町駅まで

"Tamachi to Hamamatsucho - Right Side View" (100730-1816)

Riding the Keihin-Tohoku Line from Tamachi Station to Hamamatsucho Station, looking out a right-side window during the ride.

京浜東北線の右側 - 田町駅から、浜松町駅まで

"Hamamatsucho to Shinbashi - Right-Side View" (100730-1819)

Riding the Keihin-Tohoku Line from Hamamatsucho Station to Shinbashi Station, looking out a right-side window during the ride.

京浜東北線の右側 - 浜松町駅から、新橋町駅まで

"Shinbashi Station - Tokaido Line Platform Jungle Walk" (100730-1825)

Walking through evening crowds on the Tokaido Line platform at Shinbashi Station.


"Shinbashi Station 15-Car Length Evening Platform Walk" (100730-1828)

A walk down the full length of the Tokaido Line platform at Shinbashi Station.


"Shinbashi Station - Trains Coming and Going" (100730-1836)

Watching trains coming and going at Shinbashi Station during the evening rush.

新橋駅の東海道線ホームか ら、電車が行ったり来たり

"Under-Tracks Walk - Shinbashi to Yurakucho (100730-1911)

Walking under the railway most of the way from Shinbashi to Yurakucho.




"Abstract from July 1990, and Front Cab Keikyu Line Views"

After a look back two decades ago to some experimentation I did in July 1990, the rest of the clips are of several front-cab views on the Keikyu Line.  The beginning clips are from back-tracking after having ridden too far, and the other clips are of the return trip to Shinagawa, after having spent several hours in Yokohama.

"Abstract - July 27th, 1990 (Tokyo)"

Abstract view of part of Tokyo on July 27th, 1990.  No special effects were used for this - just camera motion recorded onto analog tape.

"Keikyu Line - Kamiooka to Gumyoji" (100730Fr-1342)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Kamiooka Station to Gumyoji Station.

京急線 - 上大岡駅から、弘明寺駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Gumyoji to Idogaya" (100730Fr-1344)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Gumyoji Station to Idogaya Station.

京急線 - 弘明寺駅から、井土ヶ谷駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Idogaya to Minamiota" (100730Fr-1346)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Idogaya Station to Minamiota Station.

京急線 - 井土ヶ谷駅から、南太田駅まで  東京

"Minamiota Station Wait (While Express Passes)" (100730Fr-1349)

Waiting inside a local Keikyu Line train at Minamiota Station while an express train passes.

京急線 - 南太田駅で待っている間に急行が通る  東京

"Keikyu Line - Minamiota to Koganecho" (100730Fr-1354)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Minamiota Station to Koganecho Station.

京急線 - 南太田駅から、黄金町駅まで  東京

"Trains Passing at Koganecho Station" (100730Fr-1359)

Watching trains passing at Koganecho Station - including a single-headlight type inbound train and an outbound blue train.

京急線 - 黄金町駅で、通る電車を見る  東京

"Boarding Train at Hinodecho Station" (100730Fr-1659)

Boarding a local Keikyu Line train at Hinodecho Station.

京急線 - 日ノ出町駅で電車を乗る  東京

"Keikyu Platform at Yokohama Station" (100730Fr-1704)

Watching an inbound Keikyu Line train depart at Yokohama Station while waiting for my train.

京急線 - 横浜駅で電車を見ると待つ  東京

"Waiting for Train in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1706)

Looking around on a Keikyu platform at Yokohama Station, and then b
oarding my train when it comes in.

横浜駅で電車を待つ  東京

"Keikyu Line - Yokohama to Kanagawa-Shinmachi" (100730Fr-1707)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Yokohama Station to Kanagawa-Shinmachi Station.

京急線 - 横浜駅から、神奈川新町駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Kanagawa-Shinmachi to Keikyu-Kawasaki" (100730Fr-1710)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Kanagawa-Shinmachi Station to Keikyu-Kawasaki Station.

京急線 - 神奈川新町駅から、京急川崎駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Keikyu-Kawasaki to Keikyu-Kamata" (100730Fr-1717)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Keikyu-Kawasaki Station to Keikyu-Kamata Station.

京急線 - 京急川崎駅から、京急蒲田駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Keikyu-Kamata to Heiwajima" (100730Fr-1721)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Keikyu-Kamata Station to Heiwajima Station.

京急線 - 京急蒲田駅から、平和島駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Heiwajima to Aomono-Yokocho" (100730Fr-1725)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Heiwajima Station to Aomono-Yokocho Station.

京急線 - 平和島駅から、青物横丁駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Aomono-Yokocho to Shinagawa" (100730Fr-1728)

Riding a Keikyu Line train from Aomono-Yokocho Station to Shinagawa Station.

京急線 - 青物横丁駅から、品川駅まで  東京



"Koganecho Station, Walking Around in Yokohama, and Hinodecho Station"

This batch of videos is more focused than usual - it begins with a walk along a street next to Koganecho Station (on the Keikyu Line) and then shows several places I saw while walking around in Yokohama.  Finally, it wraps up while I'm waiting for an inbound Keikyu Line train at Hinodecho Station.

"Walking Along by Koganecho Station in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1407)

Just after getting off of the Keikyu Line at Koganecho Station (in Yokohama), walking along a road next to the station.

黄金町駅の隣にの散歩  横浜

"Walking Away from Koganecho Station in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1409)

Walking away from Koganecho Station in Yokohama.

黄金町駅から歩いて行く  横浜

"Crossing a Street in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1416)

Crossing a street in Yokohama.


"Shopping Arcade in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1425)

Walking through narrow streets near an old shopping arcade, and then walking through part of the shopping arcade itself.


"Exploring Narrow Passageways in Yokohama (A)" (100730Fr-1434)

Walking through some very narrow streets in Yokohama.  These areas have a lot of character, but can be a fire hazard since fire equipment cannot easily get in, so as these areas are cleared, larger buildings and wider streets replace them.


"Old Shopping Area in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1514)

Continuing to explore an old shopping area in Yokohama.


"Exploring Narrow Passageways in Yokohama (B)" (100730Fr-1533)

Exploring narrow passageways in Yokohama.


"September 2010 Art Exhibit Location" (100730Fr-1543)

Location of upcoming (from the standpoint of August 2010 that is) art exhibit in September 2010.

横浜 - 9月予定の展示会場所

"Waiting for Light to Change" (100730Fr-1550)

Waiting for a walk signal to change while in Yokohama.

横浜 - 横断歩道で待っている

"Lonely End of Shopping Street in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1556)

The mostly empty and slightly lonely-feeling end of a shotengai street in Yokohama.


"Wide Crosswalk in Yokohama" (100730Fr-1650)

Crossing a wide crosswalk near Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu Line.


"Waiting at Hinodecho Station (Keikyu Line)" (100730Fr-1654)

Looking around from the platform at Hinodecho Station while waiting for my train.

日ノ出町駅での見回り  横浜

"Hinodecho Station - Local Train Arriving and Departing" (100730Fr-1657)

Watching a local train come in on the opposite platform and then watching it depart after unloading/loading.

日ノ出町駅で - 各駅電車が到着と出発  横浜



"Seibu Shinjuku Line, Nighttime Yurakucho, Trains, and Etc."

This batch of videos begins with a look at Chuo Park in Kodaira, and then gets into train and street views, with the Seibu-Haijima Line, the Seibu-Shinjuku Line, the Tozai (subway) Line, the Chuo Line, the Keihin-Tohoku Line, and the Yamanote Line.  The street views were mostly taken in Yurakucho.

"Kodaira Chuo Park Grove of Trees" (100802Mo-1257)

The side of Kodaira's Chuo Park with a grove of trees.  The government of Tokyo wants to build a four-lane road through this - and the residents of Kodaira City (within Tokyo) are fighting to stop it.  I hope they win.  There are too many roads in Tokyo already.

小平中央公園の林  東京

"Ogawa to Hagiyama (Right-Side View)" (100802Mo-1315)

Looking out a right-side window of a Seibu-Hagiyama Line train from Ogawa Station to Hagiyama Station - much of which is currently under construction (summer 2010).

西武拝島線 - 小川駅から萩山駅まで(右側風景)  東京

"Takadanobaba - Seibu to Tozai Transfer" (100802Mo-1343)

Transferring from the Seibu-Shinjuku Line to the Tozai Line at Takadanobaba Station.

高田馬場駅で、西武新宿線から、東西線までの乗り換え  東京

"Yurakucho - 5:52 p.m." (100802Mo-1752)

Walking near Yurakucho Station in the early evening.

有楽町駅近くの散歩  東京

"Seibu 30000 Series Train Arriving at Ogawa Station" (100803Tu-1514)

Watching a 30000-series Seibu Line train arrive at Ogawa Station, and then climbing aboard.

新型(30000)西武線の電車が遣って来ます  東京

"Tozai Line Train Arriving at Takadanobaba" (100803Tu-1548)

Watching a Tozai Line train arrive at Takadanobaba Station - and then climbing aboard.

東西線の電車が、高田馬場駅に到着  東京

"Otemachi to Nihonbashi - Tozai Line" (100803Tu-1602)

Looking out a right-side window on a Tozai Line (subway) train while riding from Otemachi to Nihonbashi.

東西線で、大手町駅から、日本橋駅まで  東京

"Yurakucho Plaza - Summer Afternoon" (100803Tu-1616)

Walking across the plaza by Yurakucho Station on a bright and hot summer day.

有楽町広場の夏の夕方  東京

"Yurakucho Bic Camera - 1st Floor" (100803Tu-1618)

Walking through part of the first floor of the Yurakucho Bic Camera (in the old Sogo Department Store Building).

有楽町ビックカメラ1F  東京

"Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Line" (100803Tu-1839)

Riding an evening Yamanote Line train from Yurakucho Station to Tokyo Station.

夕方山手線 - 有楽町駅から、東京駅まで  東京

"Shinjuku Chuo Line - Outbound Platform" (100803Tu-1856)

Looking around briefly on the outbound Chuo Line platform at Shinjuku Station after getting off the train.

新宿駅の夕方中央線ホーム  東京

"Shinjuku Station South Exit Crowds" (100803Tu-1857)

Walking through evening crowds at Shinjuku Station's south exit, and then heading down the hill towards Nishi-Shinjuku.

新宿駅南口人々  東京

"Reserved Seat Express at Shinjuku Station" (100803Tu-2101)

While waiting for an inbound Chuo Line train - I walk past a reserved seat express.

新宿駅の特急と上り中央線  東京

"Inbound Chuo Line Arriving at Kanda" (100803Tu-2113)

Riding into Kanda Station on an inbound Chuo Line, getting off, and heading over towards another platform for a transfer.

上り中央線が神田駅に到着  東京

"Trains at Kanda Station" (100803Tu-2116)

Watching passing trains from a Kanda Station platform while waiting for my train - which turned out to be a Keihin-Tohoku Line train (I could have used either a Keihin-Tohoku Line train or a Yamanote Line train).

神田駅から電車を見る  東京

"Night Ride - Kanda to Tokyo" (100803Tu-2118)

Riding from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station on a nighttime Keihin-Tohoku Line train.

夜の京浜東北線 - 神田駅から、東京駅まで  東京

"Night Ride - Tokyo to Yurakucho" (100803Tu-2120)

Riding from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station on a nighttime Keihin-Tohoku Line train.

夜の京浜東北線 - 東京駅から、有楽町駅まで  東京

"Nighttime Yurakucho - Near Station" (100803Tu-2124)

Walking under the overhead railways in Yurakucho at night.

夜の有楽町 - 有楽町駅の近く  東京

"Matsuoka Miho Live at Yurakucho Plaza" (100803Tu-2221)

Listening to Matsuoka Miho sing and play guitar while looking around the Yurakucho plaza by Yurakucho Station.  I bought one of her CD's and headed off into the purple Yurakucho Night....

The musician's website is here:

有楽町広場で、松岡美穂ライブ  東京

"Yurakucho SB - Looking Around" (100803Tu-2226)

Looking around near the Yurakucho-SB late at night.

有楽町SB - 見回り  東京

"Yurakucho Station - 11:53 p.m." (100803Tu-2353)

Entering Yurakucho Station just before midnight.

有楽町駅の終点が近い時間(乗り換えを考えると...)  東京

"Yurakucho Station Platform - 11:55 p.m." (100803Tu-2355)

Yurakucho Station platform just before midnight as I board a Yamanote Line train.

有楽町駅 - 23:55の山手線  東京

"Chuo Line Arriving at Tokyo Station - 12:02 a.m." (100804Tu/We_0002)

Watching a Chuo Line train arriving at Tokyo Station at 12:02 a.m.

東京駅 - 00:02の中央線  東京



"Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, and the Keikyu Line"

This batch of videos begins with a walk under a rail bridge in Yurakucho while listening to various train sounds above.  Next is a short clip of a group of artists at the gallery "Art Space Ginza-1" singing a quick tune on opening day of their current art exhibition.

After that is my trip to Yokohama (and beyond), with clips of Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, and front-cab-view Keikyu Line footage from an N1000 type express train that was fun to ride in.  (The Keikyu Line runs wider gauge tracks than many of the lines in Tokyo, and this helps with express trains - being safer at speed than narrow gauge.)

"Yurakucho Rail Bridge Train Noises" (100802Mo-1742)

Walking under the railways near Yurakucho Station and listening to the music of trains arriving and departing overhead.

有楽町鉄道橋の音々  東京

"'Art Space Ginza-1' 'Tokyo-Ten' Group Exhibition Opening Party" (100802Mo-1953)

Many of the artists currently exhibiting at 'Art Space Ginza-One' in the Okuno Building in Ginza - singing a quick song at the opening party on August 2nd, 2010.  (This exhibition runs from August 2nd, to August 7th, 2010.)

銀座奥野ビルでのアートスペース銀座ワンのオープニングパティ  今回の展示会は、8月2日から、8月7日まで  東京

"Chuo Line - Near Ochanomizu" (100730Fr-1223)

Looking out a right-side Chuo Line train window as it approaches Ochanomizu Station.

御茶ノ水駅近くの中央線  東京

"Tokyo Station Walk-Through" (100730Fr-1236)

Walking through a shopping area within Tokyo Station.

東京駅内の散歩  東京

"Tokyo Station - Tokaido Line Platform" (100730Fr-1242)

Looking out from an open door of a Tokaido Line train at Tokyo Station while waiting for it to start its run down the coast.

東京駅の東海道線ホーム - 電車出発時間を待っている  東京

"Shinagawa Station - Tokaido Line Platform to Ticket Gates" (100730Fr-1259)

Walking from the Tokaido Line platform (the top of the stairs from the platform actually) to near the ticket gates at Shinagawa Station.

品川駅 - 東海道線ホームから、改札口の近くまで  東京

"Shinagawa Station - Area Outside Ticket Gates" (100730Fr-1300)

Walking out one of the ticket gates at Shinagawa Station and through the busy area between different entrances.

品川駅 - 改札口外の散歩  東京

"Shinagawa Keikyu Platform Walk" (100730Fr-1303)

Walking up the Shinagawa Keikyu Line platform while waiting for the train, and then climbing on one of the "N1000" type trains.

品川駅の京急ホーム散歩  東京

"Keikyu Line - Shinagawa to Keikyu-Kamata" (100730Fr-1306)

Taking an N1000 type Keikyu Line train from Shinagawa Station to Keikyu-Kamata Station.

京急線 - 品川駅から、京急蒲田駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Keikyu-Kamata to Keikyu-Kawasaki" (100730Fr-1313)

Taking an N1000 type Keikyu Line train from Keikyu-Kamata Station to Keikyu-Kawasaki Station.

京急線 - 京急蒲田駅から、京急川崎駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Keikyu-Kawasaki to Yokohama" (100730Fr-1317)

Taking an N1000 type Keikyu Line train from Keikyu-Kawasaki Station to Yokohama Station.

京急線 - 京急川崎駅から、横浜駅まで  東京

"Keikyu Line - Yokohama to Kamiooka" (100730Fr-1325)

Taking an N1000 type Keikyu Line train from Yokohama Station to Kamiooka Station.

京急線 - 横浜駅から、上大岡駅まで  東京

"N1000 Keikyu Line Train Departing Station" (100730Fr-1334)

Watching an N1000 type Keikyu Line train departing Kamiooka Station.

京急線 - 上大岡駅から進発 (ホームからの立場)  東京



"Seibu-Haijima Line, Takadanobaba Station Area, Tozai, Ginza and Chuo Lines"

Beginning with a look at new construction on the Seibu-Haijima Line, and then taking a quick look around July-hot Takadanobaba Station.  After that, views of Ginza and from a twilight outgoing Chuo Line.

"Seibu-Haijima Line Construction" (100726Mo-1225)

View of construction on the Seibu-Haijima Line - as seen while looking out a right-side window of an inbound train between Ogawa and Hagiyama Stations.

西武拝島線の工事 (小川駅と萩山駅の間)  東京

"Hagiyama to Kodaira (Right Side View)" (100726Mo-1228)

Seibu-Haijima Line:  Right side window view between Ogawa and Kodaira Stations.

西武拝島線 - 萩山駅から小平駅までの右側風景  東京

"Waiting for Inbound Express at Kodaira Station" (100726Mo-1231)

Waiting for an express at Kodaira Station.  At this point, some of the express trains are from the Hon-Kawagoe branch of the Seibu Line and some are from the Haijima branch.

小平駅で急行を待っているところ  東京

"White-Hot Takadanobaba" (100726Mo-1256)

A very hot day in Takadanobaba in July 2010.  (The over-exposed effect is a little overdone, but is pretty close to how it seems when coming out into the bright July heat from a darker space.)

暑い七月高田馬場駅あたり  東京

"Takadanobaba - From Street to Subway Entrance" (100726Mo-1258)

Takadanobaba - going from street level to the Tozai subway stairs leading down.

高田馬場 - 道から地下鉄の入り口まで  東京

"Nihonbashi Station - Tozai Line to Ginza Line - Ride to Kyobashi" (100726Mo-1313)

Beginning with a view out a window of a Tozai Line train as it arrives at Nihonbashi Station.  After getting off of the Tozai Line, I walk over to the Ginza Line - where I walk up to the front of the platform while waiting for the train to come.  When it arrives, I board it and ride to Kyobashi Station.

日本橋駅で、東西線から銀座線に乗り換え、そして銀座線で京橋駅までの電車内風景  東京

"Kyobashi to Ginza - Inside Ginza Line Train" (100726Mo-1319)

Taking the Ginza Line from Kyobashi to Ginza (an inside view) - and then walking down the platform at Ginza Station.

銀座線で、京橋駅から銀座駅まで  東京

"Inside Ginza Station" (100726Mo-1323)

Inside part of Ginza Station.  It's important to remember that Ginza Station has many exits and is quite spread out.  This shows the central area near the Ginza 4-Chome intersection.

銀座駅内の一部  東京

"From Chuo Dori to Side Street Walk" (100726Mo-1324)

Starting on the main street (Chuo-Dori) and then turning right and walking down a side street.

銀座中央通りから横道までの散歩  東京

"Twilight Walk Towards Yurakucho (from Ginza)" (100726Mo-1826)

Walking from Ginza towards Yurakucho as the sun sets in the western sky.

夕方の有楽町駅向きの散歩(銀座から)  東京

"Twilight Yurakucho Plaza View" (100726Mo-1829)

Walking across the plaza in Yurakucho, under the tracks, and over towards the Denki Building.

夕方の有楽町プラザ風景  東京

"Yurakucho to Tokyo - Twilight Ride" (100726Mo-1847)

A twilight ride on a Keihin-Tohoku Line train from Yurakucho Station to Tokyo Station.

有楽町駅から東京駅まで - 夕方ライド  東京

"Twilight Chuo Line - Tokyo to Kanda" (100726Mo-1850)

Riding a twilight Chuo Line train from Tokyo Station to Kanda Station.

中央線で、東京駅から神田駅まで  東京

"Twilight Chuo Line - Kanda to Ochanomizu (Vertical View)" (100726Mo-1852)

A vertical view out a left side window of a Chuo Line train as it rolls from Kanda to Ochanomizu Stations.

中央線で、神田駅から御茶ノ水駅まで  東京

"Shinjuku Station - Upper Level" (100726Mo-1905)

A quick look around on the upper level of Shinjuku Station and near the South Exit ticket gates.

新宿駅の本屋や他の店、そして人々  東京

"Shinjuku Bookstore Stroll" (100726Mo-2230)

Walking around inside a bookstore up in a building over Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅近くの本屋散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Station Side Entrance" (100726Mo-2238)

Walking into Shinjuku Station through a side entrance between the east and southeast entrances, and then going through the ticket gates and towards my train.

新宿駅の横入り口  東京



"Yamanote Line (Left Side Views), Ginza, and Yurakucho"

The first several clips are the views from the left side of a Yamanote Line ride I took from Ueno to Yurakucho.  Following that are some Ginza and Yurakucho walking views, and the last clip is a quick look in a Chuo Line train full of tired people just before 1:00 a.m.

"Ueno to Okachimachi - Yamanote Line (Left Side)" (100723Fr-1644)

Riding the Yamanote Line from Ueno Station to Okachimachi Station - looking out a left-side window.

上野駅から御徒町駅まで - 山手線の左側  東京

"Okachimachi to Akihabara - Yamanote Line (Left Side)" (100723Fr-1646)

Riding the Yamanote Line from Okachimachi Station to Akihabara Station - looking out a left-side window.

御徒町駅から秋葉原駅まで - 山手線の左側  東京

"Akihabara to Kanda - Yamanote Line (Left Side)" (100723Fr-1647)

Riding the Yamanote Line from Akihabara Station to Kanda Station - looking out a left-side window.

秋葉原駅から神田駅まで - 山手線の左側  東京

"Kanda to Tokyo - Yamanote Line (Left Side)" (100723Fr-1649)

Riding the Yamanote Line from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station - looking out a left-side window.

神田駅から東京駅まで - 山手線の左側  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho - Yamanote Line (Left Side)" (100723Fr-1651)

Riding the Yamanote Line from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station - looking out a left-side window.

東京駅から有楽町駅まで - 山手線の左側  東京

"Yurakucho Station - Yamanote Line Departs, Keihin-Tohoku Line Arrives" (100723Fr-1654)

Watching a Yamanote Line train depart and a Keihin-Tohoku Line train arrive at Yurakucho Station.

有楽町駅、山手線が出発と京浜東北線が到着  東京

"Yurakucho Under-Track Short Stroll" (100723Fr-1656)

Walking through a short passageway under the elevated tracks in Yurakucho.

有楽町線路下の短い散歩  東京

"Extra-Cold Beer Place in Ginza on Hot July Day" (100723Fr-1851)

Walking by a long line of people waiting to go into the "Extra Cold" beer place on Chuo-Dori.  It was a particularly hot day, so I think a lot of people got the same idea at the same time - not to mention that it was Friday.

銀座のエクストラコールドビール所  東京

"Walking Into Apple Store in Ginza" (100723Fr-1854)

Walking into the Apple Store in Ginza for a quick look.

銀座のアップルストアに入って見る  東京

"Ginza Twilight Side-Street Stroll" (100723Fr-1855)

Walking down a Ginza side street in the twilight.

銀座の夕方散歩  東京

"Yurakucho Lottery Lines" (100723Fr-1858)

Walking by lines of people waiting to buy lottery tickets in Yurakucho.

有楽町宝くじの列  東京

"Yurakucho Friday Evening Crowds" (100723Fr-1901)

Walking through crowds of people in Yurakucho on a summer Friday evening.

有楽町の金曜日夕方人々  東京

"Yurakucho Izakaya Table View" (100723Fr-1908)

A view of passers by from a table at an under-the-tracks izakaya in Yurakucho.

有楽町居酒屋内からのビュー  東京

"Midnight Chuo Line View" (100724Fr-0053)

A 12:50 a.m. view of the inside of an outbound Chuo Line train.

夜中の中央線内ビュー  東京



"Ueno Ameyokocho Area - Walking Around"

Starting with exiting Ueno Station at the exit nearest to Ameyokocho (Shinobazu Exit), and then walking around a bit in the Ameyokocho area (formerly a black market), and finally heading back onto the train system by entering Okachimachi Station (which is under construction).

"Exiting Ueno Station" (100723-1529)

Exiting Ueno Station and heading towards the Ameyokocho shopping area (former black market).

上野駅を出て、アメ横丁に向かう  東京

"Ueno Area - Trackside Walk" (100723-1604)

Walking beside the elevated tracks near Ameyokocho (which is on the other side of the tracks).

上野駅の近く、アメ横丁の反対側  東京

"Exiting Ueno Yodobashi Camera" (100723-1624)

Going down a few flights of escalators and then walking out the first floor exit of the Ueno Yodobashi Camera.

上野のヨドバシカメラを出るところ  東京

"Ameyokocho Stroll-A" (100723-1626)

Walking through part of Ueno's Ameyokocho. (A)

野のアメ横丁散歩 -A  東京

"Ameyokocho Stroll-B" (100723-1628)

"Ameyokocho Stroll-C" (100723-1629)

"Ameyokocho Stroll-D" (100723-1637)

"Entering Okachimachi Station" (100723-1639)

Entering Okachimachi Station and heading for the  elevated platforms via an escalator.

御徒町駅に入るところ  東京



"SS-Okuno - June 2010"

While I've never actually traveled internationally by ship, I've wandered around the Hikawa-maru (built in 1929, launched in 1930) passenger liner - now permanently moored in Yokohama as a museum, and imagined how it must have felt to spend a week crossing the Pacific Ocean, as opposed to half a day in an airplane.

It was probably wonderful and awful - wonderful if you were enjoying the trip, and awful if you just wanted to be where you were going and were stuck waiting.

Not having ever made such a journey myself, naturally I imagine traveling either in first class or second class, eating good meals in a fancy dining room, visiting the lounge, the library, etc.  (Probably 3rd class wasn't so much fun!)

Part of the experience of traveling is making temporary friends with fellow travelers... and this brings me to my ten-day "voyage" on the SS-Okuno (real name Okuno Building, formerly Ginza Apartment[s]).

The Okuno Building was built (1932) in the same era as the Hikawa-maru, and with its steam heat, boiler room in the basement, lounge on the sixth floor, and rooms basically about the same size as a ship's cabins, there are a lot of parallels.  Add in the building's current use, with many art galleries, each displaying art by living authors for (usually) one week at a time (sometimes less, sometimes more), the experience of the artists who spend their days in the small galleries meeting visitors and talking about their art - is similar in a way to people spending a week in a ship, taking a journey across  the Pacific together.

And like a ship continuing on to another port in the same country after most of the passengers have gotten off at one port - by being there for ten days, I met two different groups of fellow "passengers".  During slow periods of the day, we would visit each others "cabins" and talk, etc.  Friends for the week, and then likely to never again meet....



"'Avatar' & 'Last Samurai' Disease"

There's a strange thing that happens with people who go ocean jumping - boarding an air ship and jetting across oceans to far-off distant lands.  After they're there for a few years, they begin to believe that they understand the country better than any other foreigner (to the country they landed in) ever has before.

I've had this disease myself (not still I hope, but you never know), and either because of that, or in spite of that, it's often quite irritating running into other foreigners here, as they... how to put this nicely?... seem to be living the "Last Samurai"/"Avatar" delusion.  You know the story, how the outsider becomes more local than the locals and is accepted by the locals after initial resistance once they realize how tuned-in the outsider is?

Certainly you really can make more friends in any given culture once you're tuned into it, but the depending-on-the-individual problems you knew so well back in the old country (wherever that might be), are equally in play in the new land.

Wait... relatives!  Now there's a problem!  They support you (naturally); admire your foreign adventure, and look upon you as an expert (which - relative their near zero comprehension of the foreign land you are in - you are), and combined with movie theater dreams of being the hero, their support can help push you into ALSD (Avatar and Last Samurai Disease).

Well - whatever!  Just felt like ranting about that for some reason.



"Yushima-Seido (Below the Hill), and Akihabara (in July)"

Walking into the grounds of Yushima-Seido - near Ochanomizu Station - and having a look around in what looks tree-shade-cool in the video, but was a rather hot day (even in the shade).  After that, I continued down the hill to Akihabara and there are views of both the main street there and also side streets.

"Entering Yushima-Seido Grounds" (100723Fr-1359)

Starting from one of the streets that runs alongside Yushima-Seido, and then entering the Yushima-Seido grounds.  This kind of green is much appreciated when living in a mega-city!

湯島聖堂の緑の中に入る  東京

"Yushima-Seido Lower Area" (100723Fr-1412)

Taking a quick look around at the base of the hill in Yushima-Seido.

湯島聖堂 - 坂の下の所  東京

"Yushima-Seido Lower Area 360" (100723Fr-1416)

Taking a 360-degree look around at the base of the hill within Yushima-Seido.

湯島聖堂 - 坂の下の所 - 360  東京

"Confucius Stature at Yushima-Seido" (100723Fr-1418)

Walking over and having a look at the Confucius statue within the Yushima-Seido grounds.

湯島聖堂の孔子  東京

"Walking Towards Akihabara from Ochanomizu" (100723Fr-1420)

Walking midway between Ochanomizu Station and the Akihabara electronics area.

御茶ノ水がスタートで、秋葉原に向かう  東京

"Entering Akihabara" (100723Fr-1426)

Walking into the Akihabara electronics (and other things...) area.

歩いて、秋葉原に入る  東京

"Akihabara Main Street Stroll-A" (100723Fr-1431)

Walking along the main street in Akihabara. (A)

秋葉原の大通り散歩-A  東京

"Akihabara Main Street Stroll-B" (100723Fr-1433)

Walking along the main street in Akihabara. (B)

秋葉原の大通り散歩-B  東京

"Akihabara Main Street Stroll-C" (100723Fr-1434)

Walking along the main street in Akihabara. (C)

秋葉原の大通り散歩-C  東京

"Akihabara Side Street Stroll-A" (100723Fr-1443)

Exploring side streets in Akihabara. (A)

秋葉原の裏道散歩-A  東京

"Akihabara Side Street Stroll-B" (100723Fr-1449)

Exploring side streets in Akihabara. (B)

秋葉原の裏道散歩-B  東京

"Akihabara - Back to the Main Street" (100723Fr-1501)

Returning to the main street in Akihabara after walking around on a few side streets.

秋葉原の裏道から、また大通りに戻る  東京

"Religious Advertisement Bullhorn Speaker Van" (100723Fr-1519)

One of the world's many religions being rather loudly advertised in Akihabara via a bullhorn speaker-van.

秋葉原の宗教広告スピーカー・カー  東京

"Promotional Something-or-Other in Akihabara Station" (100723Fr-1525)

Some sort of advertising campaign within Akihabara Station.  Since the privatization of JNR (now JR), they have been very inventive in ways of making money, but I notice that the bridges near Akihabara are rusting.  I hope they're not cutting costs on maintenance - which saves money short-term and costs even more money long term....

秋葉原駅内の何とかキャンペーン  東京

"Akihabara to Ueno via Keihin-Tohoku Kaisoku" (100723Fr-1526)

Taking a kaisoku (rapid) Keihin-Tohoku Line train from Akihabara to Ueno (bypassing Okachimachi).

快速京浜東北線で、秋葉原駅から、上野駅まで  東京



"Tachikawa Morning Rush, Chuo Line, Yamanote Line, Ginza, Yurakucho, Etc."

Starting off with a view of the morning rush at Tachikawa Station, and then riding trains (Chuo Line, Yamanote Line, and Keihin-Tohoku Line), as well as walking around in Ginza and Yurakucho.  July - it's summer now for sure.  In June there were both hot and fairly cool days, but now it's definitely hot - 32C as I write this.

"Exiting Tachikawa Station During Morning Rush" (100721We-0849)

Exiting Tachikawa Station during the morning rush.  This sort of last-second collision-avoidance walking is typical when it's crowded.

朝ラッシュの時に立川駅を出る  東京

"Kanda to Tokyo via Chuo Line" (100721We-1036)

Looking out the left side of a Chuo Line train while rolling from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station.  (New construction over the Shinkansen Line tracks can be clearly seen.)

中央線で神田駅から、東京駅まで  東京

"Tokyo Station Platform - Ride From Tokyo to Yurakucho" (100721We-1039)

I look around on a platform at Tokyo Station while waiting for the Yamanote Line, and then watch the Yamanote Line train come in, whereupon I board it and watch the world roll away through the rear cab window while riding to Yurakucho Station.  After getting off in Yurakucho, I walk down the platform as the train continues on its way.

東京駅ホームで山手線を待って、乗って、有楽町駅まで  東京

"Walking Down Late-Morning Street in Ginza" (100721We-1048)

Walking down a street in Ginza just before 11:00 a.m.  After the morning rush and before the noontime crowds.

銀座の昼近くの散歩  東京

"Evening Ginza Stroll" (100721We-1817)

Walking through one end of Ginza in the evening.

銀座の昼近くの散歩  東京

"Walking Towards Yurakucho Station" (100721We-1819)

Walking towards Yurakucho Station in the evening (from Ginza).

歩きながら、有楽町駅に向かう  東京

"Escaping the Heat in Yurakucho (Tachiyomi)" (100721We-1829)

Diving into an air-conditioned space to escape the July heat for a couple of minutes - I walk through a bookstore and notice a lot of people doing the "tachiyomi" routine (standing in a bookstore reading things without necessarily buying them).

有楽町駅近く - 涼しい本屋さんで立ち読みの人たち  東京

"Racing the Yamanote Line to Tokyo Station" (100721We-2257)

The Keihin-Tohoku Line train I got on left Yurakucho Station at the same time as a Yamanote Line train going in the same direction, so the two trains ran side-by-side from Yurakucho Station to Tokyo Station.

京浜東北線と山手線のレース (京浜東北線の中)  東京

"Boarding Late-Night Chuo Line at Tokyo Station" (100721We-2301)

Boarding a Chuo Line train just after 11:00 p.m. at Tokyo Station.

夜の遅く東京駅で、中央線を乗る  東京

"Kokubunji Street Band 'Haruka and Traffic Jams'" (100722We-0006)

Listening to the street band "Haruka & Traffic Jams" in late night Kokubunji.

国分寺ストリートバンド「陽春 & Traffic Jams」  東京



"Seibu Front Cab Views - June 15th, 2010"

This batch of videos is all from the Seibu Line - or more specifically, from the Seibu-Haijima Line and then the Seibu-Shinjuku Line.  So... there's not much to say other than that.

I posted a set of front cab videos of this same stretch of track a few months ago, but they were taken from an older train with small front windows, so you can't see much.  Most of this set (the part taken on the Seibu-Shinjuku Line) was taken on a newer train with a very large front windscreen, so you can see the area the train is rolling through much more clearly than the earlier set.

The clips taken on the Seibu-Haijima Line were taken in an older train, but while looking over the driver's shoulder - not out the middle.

"Seibu - Ogawa to Hagiyama - Front Cab View" (100615Tu-1204)

Looking over the shoulder of the driver of a manually controlled Seibu-Haijima Line train as it runs from Ogawa to Hagiyama.

西武拝島線の前風景 - 小川駅から萩山駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Hagiyama to Kodaira - Front Cab View" (100615Tu-1208)

Still looking over the shoulder of the driver of a manually controlled Seibu-Haijima Line train, and then changing to the Seibu-Shinjuku Line in Kodaira (which was a newer type train).

西武拝島線の前風景 - 萩山駅から小平駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Kodaira to Hanakoganei - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1209)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Kodaira to Hanakoganei.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 小平駅から花小金井駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Hanakoganei to Tanashi - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1213)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Hanakoganei to Tanashi.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 花小金井駅から田無駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Tanashi to Seibu-Yagisawa - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1215)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Tanashi to Seibu-Yagisawa.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 田無駅から西武柳沢駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Seibu-Yagisawa to Higashi-Fushimi - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1217)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Seibu-Yagisawa to Higashi-Fushimi.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 西武柳沢駅から東伏見駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Higashi-Fushimi to Musashiseki - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1219)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Higashi-Fushimi to Musashiseki.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 東伏見駅から武蔵関駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Musashiseki to Kamishakuji - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1220)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Musashiseki to Kamishakuji.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 武蔵関駅から上石神井駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Kamishakuji to Saginomiya - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1223)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Kamishakuji to Saginomiya.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 上石神井駅から鷺ノ宮駅まで  東京

"Seibu - Saginomiya to Takadanobaba - Front Cab Wide-Window View" (100615Tu-1227)

Looking out the front of a wide-window cab on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train as it runs from Saginomiya to Takadanobaba.

西武新宿線の前風景 - 鷺ノ宮駅から高田馬場駅まで  東京



"Ginza Okuno Building Details (July 20th 2010)"

There are a lot of details to the Okano Building, and I'm still working on fitting the pieces together.  In the meantime, here are some details I've learned about the building that I've decided to go ahead and put on-line, in case someone is interested in learning about this interesting building in Ginza 1-chome.


Built in 1932 as a luxury apartment building with steam heat, a sento in the basement, beds that folded down from the walls, a "danwa" (lounge) on the 6th floor, and by one report I've heard, a club on the 7th floor.

There's a lot of history in that building, so it's difficult to pick a starting place.  But since the 7th floor is controversial, I'll start with that.

Having had several very close looks at the seventh floor (from both inside and outside), I think it's fairly clear that the elevator tower and a section at the back of the building were part of the original structure.  This is an issue, because there is a new section on the front side of the building that was obviously added later, and most people I've talked with seem to see the new 7th floor section sitting on top of the sixth floor (as seen from the front of the building), and assume that the entire seventh floor was added later.  If you closely observe the details of the structure however, you can see that this is highly unlikely.  The rear part was seven-stories high, and you could take the elevator up to the seventh floor and then - after opening a door right by the elevator - walk out onto the roof of the sixth floor.  (There is obvious physical evidence for this from both inside the building and outside, when looking at the building from the rear - which is nearly impossible now due to new construction on that side, but there are photographs).

In fact, there's a ladder that leads up to what is effectively the 8th floor, where the water tanks (both the rusted out and no-longer-used original pair, and a newer pair) and (now disused) TV antennas are.

Dropping down to the basement, another unique aspect of the building must be explained.  The building is striking with two internal staircases with (now always open) windows between them.  The current building was built in two halves, with (from the standpoint of facing the building) the left side built first, and then the right half built afterward.  The internal hallway is joined, so it's not overly obvious that the structure is in fact two buildings, but once you understand that it is, and pay attention to details, it's fairly obvious.

(And it's becoming more obvious since the foundation was damaged by construction of the large building to the side and behind the Okuno Building, with the two halves of the Okuno Building now separating - creating very obvious cracks all the way through the building where the two halves were joined some 78 years ago and have begun to come apart in conjunction with the very deep and very large hole that was dug for the construction of the new building next door.)

I bring all of this up, because there are two separate basements.  And again there is controversy regarding the sento (bath), with some people thinking that there was a sento in each of the basements, and some thinking it was only in the right side basement.  To ponder this, let's look at what can be observed in the current state of the building.

The left side building, which is where the single elevator is, has a well.  This well had fresh-looking, clear water up to the top of 1.2-meter-deep square hole (in the floor of the well room) up until a construction company working on a site immediately behind and on the left side of the Okuno Building, dug out a huge three-story deep foundation for the monstrosity being put up (still under construction as I write this in May of 2010).  As the gigantic and very deep hole in the ground sat there in the open air, I think they pumped out ground water - so much so in fact, that the sidewalk in front of the Okuno Building and the building on the corner (with a Doutor Coffee Shop on the first floor) sank about two centimeters, many new cracks appeared within the Okuno Building, and the well water level began to drop.

There are several motors and whatnot in the pump room, so I think the water was pumped up into the square pool in the floor, and then used... how?  Originally possibly for all the water use in the building, but more recently... for the toilets maybe?  Or maybe not used, but just maintained since it was functional equipment?  In any case, the construction of the monster new building behind the Okuno Building not only dried out the well, but damaged the foundation of the Okuno Building.

But that irritating recent history aside - looking back at the original function of the left side basement, it's likely that the well water was used at least for the building's sento and its steam heat.  Drinking water (each room had/has its own sink with running water) I'm not so sure about.  Probably that came from the city water mains?

The rooms themselves are not very large - most have what would be maybe six tatami mats?  (I'll try to bring a tape measure and measure one of the rooms sometime for a precise figure.)  Looking at the front of the building, the original left-side building had (per floor) four rooms across (several of which have had the side walls knocked out to make double-sized rooms, or a door put in-between, with one side an art gallery, and the other an office for the art gallery), and the right-side building had two of the front rooms made the same size as the left-side building, and one double-sized room, so there were three rooms across at the front of the building.

The left-side building is slightly longer than the right, and had/has three rooms along the left side, with a restroom at the very back.  The right-side building had/has two rooms along the right side of the building, and had (not has) a restroom at the end of the hall on the right.  They have since smashed out the walls between the right-side building restroom, removed all the plumbing, and made the room at the rear larger.

So - as far as I can tell, there were seven rooms per floor in the left-side building, and five per floor in the right-side building.  With the Danwa Shitsu (lounge) on the sixth floor taking up the space of two rooms, I think there were 58 rooms from the 2nd to the 6th floors.  The first floor appears to have been used by businesses, and didn't have residents (although I imagine a building manager probably lived in one of the rooms at the back of the first floor, in the right-side building).  The 7th floor (only at the rear of the building before), appears to have an office for a building manager in the left building, and (from one account) a private club in the right building.

The rooms on the far ends of the connected hallway have angled hinged doors, and the doors of the rooms in the middle are sliding doors.  All original doors (many have unfortunately been changed) are of solid, heavy wood, with glass panes and open-able air vents.

The last tenant to live in the building was named Yoshiko/Yoshi Suda (some of the official certificates the 306-Project have found indicate her first name as "Yoshiko" and then - in later documents - as "Yoshi"), who lived in room 306 (where I am typing this sentence) until the beginning of 2009, when she died at the age of 100.  Apparently, she was one of the original tenants when the building was new in 1932, and she rented three rooms - one (306) for her business (a beauty salon), one to live in, and one for guests.  When she quit working in the 1980's, she gave up the other two rooms and moved into room 306, where she lived the rest of her life.

One story I heard that I'm fairly certain is not true, was from a current gallery owner who said the man who was renting the space next to her used to live there.  Apparently he told her that the river that used to run in front of the Okuno Building was so close, that he could fish in it from his fifth story window.  Assuming that the river was right in front of the building, this would almost be possible, but from talking with another former tenant (directly) and hearing other accounts, it seems that there was a street in front of the building, with two-story wooden izakayas on the other side of the street, and with the river on the other side of the izakayas.

[2010/07/20]: I have since discovered an old postcard with an aerial view of Ginza that very clearly shows the river.  The buildings on the other side of the street from the Okuno Building were quite narrow, so it just might have been possible.

During WW-II, when Tokyo was fire-bombed, there was some fire damage to the rear of the building, but not the front, with internal steel fire doors apparently helping to protect the side away from the fire-damaged side.

Originally the building was an exclusive ultra-modern building, and (according to what Ms. Suda told one of the third-floor gallery owners), when she moved into the building, only about half the rooms were occupied (since they were fairly expensive to rent).

During the war, most of Tokyo was fire-bombed to the ground, at which time the tenants of the Okuno Building must have felt very lucky - living in a solid concrete building.

Speaking with a tenant who moved into the building in 1952 when she married (a time when housing was still in short supply and the building was completely full), she said that there was one family of four she knew of living in one of the rooms.  In her case, she and her husband were renting three rooms for their family and business.  It's a little hard to imagine a family of four living in one of those small rooms now, but looking at pictures of Tokyo from that time frame, and reading accounts of how things were, it isn't hard to imagine even the family of four living in one room feeling fortunate to have a room at all, and in Ginza, the most fashionable area of the city (and with more concrete buildings that survived the fire-bombing of Tokyo than other areas).

I haven't found anyone who knows at exactly what point the building owners stopping allowing new residence tenants in and only allowed in commercial renters (first as office space and recently as gallery space), but in any case, that transition is complete, now that the final tenant, Ms. Suda, has died.  As I sit here writing this in the space she used for some 77 years, there is a definitely a feeling of history in the air, and - once again - I find myself wishing I could talk to Ms. Suda about the full history of this building, which she alone experienced.  (And - naturally - it would be very interesting to hear about the eras she lived in/through; WW-I, WW-II, the immediate post-war period, the booming economy years, etc. etc.)

In talking with the former residence-tenant (and current gallery-tenant, who I'll refer to as FT2 - Former-Tenant-2) who moved into the building in 1952, several interesting details surfaced:

There was no meter for the electricity!  Electricity was just part of the monthly rent.  Thinking of electric heaters and whatnot, this might seem strange, but remember that the building had steam heat in all the rooms when it was new, and non-heat use probably didn't burn all that much power.  By the 1950's though, when FT2 moved in, electricity use was up and the fuses often blew.

Another issue in the immediate postwar period was the plumbing.  There were some issues with water leaking from one apartment to another (every room had/has its own sink with running water), and the restroom that FT2's family used (communal per building, per floor) didn't flush on its own, so they had to take a bucket of water from their apartment to flush it each time.

As there began to be fewer resident tenants in the building, and more businesses, it was decided to remove the restroom in the right-side building, and have everyone use the communal restrooms on each floor of the the left-side building (remember that - functionally, the Okuno Building is one building, but structurally, the left side was built as an independent building first, and then the right side, and then they were internally joined).  This suddenly explained something I'd been puzzling over for about 18 months!

Every time I visited a gallery in RSB (Right Side Building) that was located at the rear of the building, I had puzzled over the ceiling, which had cut off pipes and the remains of a smashed out concrete wall.  After talking with FT2, I immediately rushed upstairs to the 5th floor gallery and took another look at the ceiling.  Suddenly I could see what those pipes were about!  Taking a new look at the removed walls, and noting that the door frame to the room was different from the other rooms (as was each rear room door frame in the building), and this evening (June 16th, 2010), I spoke with a man who has had an exhibition in the 5th floor RB and was helping out there today, and he told me that a few weeks ago, while he was there, an old man visited the gallery who used to live there.

As I had suspected, the restroom door was right on the hallway, and the door to the room next to the restroom was recessed about a meter, with a hallway that led back to the room which was behind the RB restroom.

Now that the RB restrooms are no more, their former space has been added to the room at the back to make for a larger room.

That's fine, except that, while the restrooms were co-use (for male and female) until only  few months ago, now that they've made half of them men's restrooms and half women's, if your gender is on the wrong floor, you find yourself forever having to hike up and down the stairs.  Too bad they didn't keep both the LB and RB restrooms and make one a men's room and the other a women's room....

There was a row of two-story wooden izakayas across the street from the Okuno Building, and just behind the izakayas, a river (the river has since either been put underground or rerouted).  FT2 said that it was sometimes interesting to watch the goings on across the street from her family's apartment window.

There used to be a row of nice trees on the street, giving it a nicer atmosphere than now (there are currently some small trees on the the other side of the street, but not on the side of the street the Okuno Building is on.  Apparently it was known as "Ginza no Matsushima" (a term I wasn't aware of, but have been told means "The nicest area of something" - in this case Ginza).

There was a laundry service in the building?  Or someone on the roof who was in change of... of... how clothing was hung to dry, etc.(?)

The current antique shop was a pearl shop before (as one space, not two).

The far right ground floor space was used by a lawyer.

The boiler lost parts in the war and the sento was not used post-war.  Tenants used a public bath in another part of Ginza.

FT has no recollection of steam heat or radiators.  Probably the building's radiators and boiler were requisitioned during the war for scrap metal.

FT's husband had lived in the building since it was new, and in the postwar era, referred to how the building had become as a slum.

Laundry was hung on poles from the fire escape and the up on the roof.

Ice-based refrigerator.  FT's husband liked to drink cool beer, so they had an ice box with a delivery of ice once a week, that would be left in the hallway outside their door if they weren't home when the delivery came.

Other tenants:

 - Typing service.  Taking hand-written material from offices and typing it up (English? Japanese? Both?)

 - Shamisen teacher.  Tenants enjoyed hearing the music.

 - [Boston Shoes?]

The current Doutor coffee shop was a glass shop (as in window glass).



"Takadanobaba, Yurakucho, Chuo Line, Sobu Line, Yotsuya, etc."

Scenes from on and around several trains lines - including the Seibu-Shinjuku, Tozai, Ginza, Chuo, Yamanote, and Sobu Lines.  Places visited include Takadanobaba, Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, Ebisu and Yotsuya.  A good batch for train and in-motion fans.  There are street scenes in Yurakucho and Shinjuku, and one view of an art exhibition/installation (in Ginza).

"Takadanobaba - Seibu to Tozai" (100713Tu-1442)

Riding into Takadanobaba Station on a Seibu-Shinjuku Line train, and then transferring to a Tozai (subway) line train.

高田馬場駅で、西武新宿線から地下鉄東西線までの乗り換え  東京

"Tozai Line Arriving at Takadanobaba Station" (100713Tu-1448)

Watching a Tozai Line subway train arrive at Takadanobaba Station and then climbing aboard.  (Some of these trains seamlessly connect with the Chuo Line at Nakano.)

高田馬場駅で、地下鉄東西線が遣って来る  東京

"Boarding Ginza Line at Nihonbashi" (100713Tu-1505)

Watching a Ginza Line train arrive at Nihonbashi Station, and then boarding the train.

日本橋駅で銀座線を乗ります  東京

"Under-Stairs Vibrations..." (100713Tu-1718)

Humming at vibration-producing frequencies in space under staircase.

階段下の音響く  東京

"Mogi Tatsuji (茂木達二展) Exhibit at Nabis Gallery (なびす画廊) - Video" (100713Tu-1802)

Walking around and exploring various angles at Mogi Tatsuji's exhibition in Ginza at Nabis Gallery.

なびす画廊で、茂木達二の展示会  東京

"Evening Yurakucho Plaza - July 2010" (100713Tu-1816)

Watching passing Shinkansen trains and people in the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station.

夕方有楽町広場、2010年7月  東京

"Sidewalk Stroll in Yurakucho" (100713Tu-1817)

As trains rumble into overhead Yurakucho Station, I stroll down an evening sidewalk near the Denki Building.

夕方有楽町の散歩、2010年7月  東京

"Evening Yamanote Line - Yurakucho to Tokyo" (100713Tu-1835)

Riding an evening Yamanote Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo Station, where I get off for a transfer.

夕方山手線 - 有楽町駅から、東京駅まで  東京

"Evening Chuo Line - Tokyo to Kanda" (100713Tu-1840)

Riding an evening Chuo Line train from Tokyo Station to Kanda Station.  As this stretch is parallel to several other lines, there are views of other trains going by - including the Yamanote Line and a Shinkansen train.

夕方中央線の窓ビュー、東京駅から、神田駅まで  東京

"Evening Chuo Line - Kanda to Ochanomizu" (100713Tu-1842)

Riding an evening Chuo Line train from Kanda Station to Ochanomizu Station - while looking out a right side window at the passing scenery.

夕方中央線の窓ビュー、神田駅から、御茶ノ水駅まで  東京

"Evening Chuo Line - Partway to Yotsuya (from Ochanomizu)" (100713Tu-1844)

Riding an evening Chuo Line train most of the way towards Yotsuya from Ochanomizu.

The train stopped before arriving at Yotsuya Station.  Apparently someone pushed a platform emergency stop button in Shinjuku - which threw all the trains off schedule.  From what I've seen - 999 times out a 1000 - when someone presses one of the emergency stop buttons, it's for some frivolous reason and not for an actual emergency.  It could be said that one single instance of the button being pushed in an emergency is worth 999 frivolous pushes, but it could also be said that everyone staying home and off the trains and roads altogether would save lives....

夕方中央線の窓ビュー、御茶ノ水駅から、四谷駅の近くまで  東京

"Shinjuku Station Chuo Line Platform Walk" (100713Tu-1856)

Beginning just as the Chuo Line train I'm on pulls into Shinjuku Station, and ending after walking down the platform as it unloads, loads, and proceeds on its outbound run.

新宿駅中央線プラットフォーム散歩  東京

"Shinjuku Station Doutor Coffee Shop" (100713Tu-1859)

A brief look inside the Doutor Coffee Shop that's within Shinjuku Station on the upper lever near the South Exit.

新宿駅の中のドトールコーヒー店の中  東京

"Exiting Shinjuku Station Via South Exit" (100713Tu-1911)

Walking through Shinjuku Station, exiting via the South Exit ticket gates and then heading downhill towards Nishi-Shinjuku.

新宿駅の南口から駅を出る  東京

"Crossing Street in Shinjuku - Nishi-Shinjuku Bound" (100713Tu-1913)

As a pedestrian walk signal turns green, I walk across the crosswalk and into a group of people going the other way - likely to Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅南口の近くの横断歩道を渉る  東京

"Shinjuku - Waiting for Yamanote Line" (100713Tu-2143)

Looking around on a platform in Shinjuku Station while waiting for the next Yamanote Line train to arrive.

You get spoiled with the Yamanote Line - so even one minute feels like a long time to wait.  What seems normal is that the train is there as you arrive on the platform - seemingly waiting for you.  Having to wait for the train to arrive seems strange.

新宿駅の山手線プラットフォームで次の山手線電車を待つ  東京

"Inside Uchimawari Yamanote Line (Approaching Yoyogi)" (100713Tu-2145)

A short inside view of an "uchimawari" (inside track of the one-hour circle that the Yamanote Line consists of) Yamanote Line train - running between Shinjuku and Yoyogi Stations.

山手線の中 (内回り - 代々木駅の近く)  東京

"Ebisu Station - Ticket Gates, New Platform Doors, Etc." (100713Tu-2235)

Walking through the upper ticket gates of Ebisu Station, then going down the escalator to the Yamanote Line platform, where there is a view of the new platform wall doors opening, followed by the train doors.

恵比寿駅 - 改札口、プラットフォームの新しいドアなど  東京

"Departing Ebisu Station on Yamanote Line" (100713Tu-2236)

Night view from inside a Yamanote Line train of the Ebisu Station platform going by the window as the train heads towards Shibuya.

山手線が恵比寿駅からの出発  東京

"Departing Shibuya Station on Yamanote Line" (20100713Tu-2239)

Night view from inside Yamanote Line train of Shibuya Station platform as train heads towards Harajuku.

山手線が渋谷駅からの出発  東京

"Arriving at Harajuku - On to Yoyogi" (100713Tu-2240)

Beginning inside a sotomawari (outside track) Yamanote Line train as it approaches Harajuku.  Then watching the train (from inside) arrive at and depart from Harajuku Station, and make the run to Yoyogi Station.

外回りの山手線を乗って、原宿駅に到着、出発、代々木駅に到着  東京

"Watching Yamanote Line Depart Yoyogi Station" (20100713Tu-2244)

View from a Yoyogi Station platform of a Yamanote Line train departing Yoyogi Station for Shinjuku.

山手線が代々木駅からの出発 (プラットフォームの見方)  東京

"Yoyogi Transfer - Yamanote Line to Sobu Line" (100713Tu-2245)

Transferring from the Yamanote Line to the Sobu Line (local Chuo Line) at Yoyogi Station.

代々木駅で山手線から、総武線までの乗り換え  東京

"Yoyogi Station - Waiting for a Train" (100713Tu-2245)

Waiting at Yoyogi Station for a Sobu Line train to arrive from Shinjuku Station.

代々木駅で総武線電車が来るのを待っている  東京

"Walking Down Platform at Yoyogi Station" (100713Tu-2246)

Walking down the rather narrow platform for the inbound Sobu Line (while waiting for my train to arrive).

代々木駅細いプラットフォームの散歩  東京

"Yoyogi Platform Train Watching" (100713Tu-2248)

Watching trains running between Yoyogi and Shinjuku just before an inbound Sobu Line train arrives.  As it arrives, I step back from the end of the platform (to keep the camera dry - it was raining), watch the train come in, and then board it.

代々木駅のプラットフォームから電車ウオッチング  東京

"Sobu Line - Sendagaya to Shinanomachi (Late at Night)" (100713Tu-2251)

Rear cab view of a late night Sobu Line train as it runs from Sendagaya to Shinanomachi Stations.

夜の総武線 - 千駄ヶ谷駅から、信濃町駅まで  東京

"Sobu Line - Shinanomachi to Yotsuya (Late at Night)" (100713Tu-2253)

Rear cab view of a late night Sobu Line train as it runs from Shinanomachi to Yotsuya Stations.

夜の総武線 - 信濃町駅から、四谷駅まで  東京

"Yotsuya Station Ticket Gates (Chuo and Marunouchi Lines)" (100713Tu-2257)

After exiting the JR ticket gates, walking from there to the nearby Marunouchi Line (subway) ticket gates.  (Incidentally, the Marunouchi Line subway is above ground at Yotsuya.)

夜の四谷駅の改札口 (JR線と丸の内線)  東京

"Rain Walk in Late Night Yotsuya" (100713Tu-2258)

Walking through the rain near Yotsuya Station at around 11:00 p.m.

夜の四谷駅近くの散歩  東京

"Yotsuya Station - Outbound Chuo Line Arrival" (100713Tu-2321)

Watching an outbound Chuo Line train arrive at Yotsuya Station.  (The clip ends just before I climb aboard.)

夜の四谷駅 - 下り中央線が遣って来る  東京



"Chuo Line, Yamanote Line, and Tokyo-1990 Exhibition on June 12th, 2010"

Beginning with a view of Chuo Line trains leaving and arriving at Kokubunji Station, and then showing rear-cab Yamanote Line views between Kanda and Yurakucho stations.  Finally, a couple of clips from the Saturday, June 12th day of my exhibit/installation "Tokyo 1990" (「20年前の東京」).

"Chuo Line Trains at Kokubunji Station- June 2010" (100612Sa-1142)

While watching an outbound Chuo Line train depart, an inbound train approaches and stops at Kokubunji Station (that I then board).

国分寺駅のプラットフォームで待っている時の出発や到着中央線  東京

"From Kanda Platform to Tokyo Station" (100612Sa-1217)

Watching a Yamanote Line train arrive at Kanda Station and then boarding it for the ride to Tokyo Station.  On the way, watching the scenery go by through the rear cab.

神田駅のプラットフォームから、山手線の電車が遣って来るのを見て、乗って、東京駅まで後の風景を見る  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho - Rear Cab View" (100612Sa-1220)

Looking out the rear cab of a Yamanote Line train as it runs from Tokyo Station to Yurakucho Station.  At Yurakucho Station, just after I get off the train, a special type inbound train (not used for regularly scheduled runs I don't think) goes by as an outbound Shinkansen is going in the other direction.

東京駅から有楽町駅まで、山手線の後向き風景  東京

"Kaisoku Keihin-Tohoku Line Train Passing Yurakucho Station" (100612Sa-1222)

Watching a kaisoku Keihin-Tohoku Line train pass by Yurakucho Station (from the Yurakucho Station platform).

快速京浜東北線電車が、有楽町駅を通過する  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 12th, 2010 (A-1/2)" (100612Sa-1850)

A late Saturday evening (June 12th, 2010) view of the June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990" (A-1/2).  This clip also shows the two internal staircases in the Okuno Building.

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月12日 (A-1/2)  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 12th, 2010 (B-2/2)" (100612Sa-1851)

A late Saturday evening (June 12th, 2010) view of the June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990" (B-2/2).

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月12日 (B-2/2)  東京



"Several Views of 'Tokyo-1990' Exhibition/Installation, Etc."

Opening with a view at Kokubunji Station of a tokkyu special express train passing, then showing a walk under a rail bridge in Yurakucho.  After that, several walk around views of the 'Tokyo-1990' exhibition/installation - probably more than most people have an interest in viewing, but I wanted to show the atmosphere of the room.  And the last couple of clips are of an outgoing old orange 201-type Chuo Line train.

"Tokkyu Express Train Passing Kokubunji Station" (100610Th-1224)

A Tokkyu (Special Express) train zooms through Kokubunji Station.

特急電車が国分寺駅を通過する  東京

"Yurakucho Rail Bridge Sounds" (100610Th-1317)

Listening to the sound of trains passing overhead as I walk under a train bridge in Yurakucho.

有楽町鉄道橋の音  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 10th, 2010 (A-1/2)" (100610Th-1352)

An early afternoon view from June 10th (the 2nd day) of my June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990".

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月10日 (A-1/2)  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 10th, 2010 (B-2/2)" (100610Th-1356)

Another early afternoon view from the exhibition/installation, featuring scenes from a Hibarigaoka Natsu-Matsuri (on the wall).

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月10日 (B-2/2)  東京

"Morning Sun on the Ginza Okuno Building" (100611Fr-1033)

The morning sun hits the Okuno Building.  Sitting among taller buildings, the sun only hits the building directly for two or three hours in the morning, and (briefly) via reflections from the windows of the building on the opposite side of the street in the afternoon.

朝日が銀座奥野ビルに当たる  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (A-1/6)" (100611Fr_1727)

An afternoon view from June 11th (the 3rd day) of my June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990", featuring (again) scenes from a Hibarigaoka Natsu-Matsuri.

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月11日 (A-1/6)  東京

Several more views of the exhibition:

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (B-2/6)" (100611Fr-1729)

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (C-3/6)" (100611Fr-1732)

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (D-4/6)" (100611Fr-1830)

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (E-5/6)" (100611Fr-1839)

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 11th, 2010 (F-6/6)" (100611Fr-1840)

"Ginza Asahi Beer Extra Cold -2.0C Place" (100611Fr-2151)

Walking by the new Asahi Beer Extra Cold -2.0 shop in Ginza.

銀座の新しい朝日ビール-2.0店  東京

"Late Night Chuo Line Train" (100611Fr-2248)

Looking out a left-side door window of a late night Chuo Line Train.

夜遅く乗った中央線  東京

"Old Chuo Line Night Train" (100611Fr-2254)

Riding an old 201-type orange Chuo Line train into Kokubunji.  As I'm looking outside from the inside of the train, the main clues it's an old type Chuo Line train (until the end of the clip, where I get off the train) are the noises it makes - principally (in this clip anyway) the air conditioning system.  Also there is an announcement by (gasp!) a real live human being, instead of the really horrible E-recordings they use on the new Chuo Line trains.

夜遅く乗った古い201型中央線  東京

"Old Type 201 Chuo Line Train Departs Kokubunji" (100611Fr-2257)

And old type 201 orange Chuo Line outbound train leaves Kokubunji Station just before 11:00 p.m.

夜遅く乗った古い201型中央線が国分寺駅から出発  東京



"Ginza, Yurakucho, Shinjuku, Ginza 'Tokyo-1990' Exhibition"

This batch gets into the beginning of the "Tokyo-1990" Exhibition, so there are a number of clips of the Yurakucho-Ginza area, as well as a couple of clips from/of the exhibition itself, in Room-306 of the Okuno Building.  And - by request - there's a quick stroll through the first floor of the Yurakucho Bic Camera and a view of a Yamanote Line train coming into Yurakucho Station - not a sight to take for granted, since they have begun walling off the Yamanote Line platforms - good for safety and cheaper labor costs (they generally ax the conductors once they get all the platforms on a line walled in, like on the Marunouchi Line), but bad for speed and photography.

"Nihonbashi Station - Waiting for the Ginza Line" (100608Tu-1436)

Looking around on the platform at Nihonbashi Station while waiting for the Ginza Line to arrive.

"Ginza Chuo-Dori - Midday Stroll" (100608Tu-1441)

Walking down Ginza's Chuo-Dori in the afternoon (on June 8th, 2010).

銀座中央通りの昼散歩  東京

"Ginza Side Street Stroll" (100608Tu-1443)

Turning right and walking away from Ginza's Chuo-Dori - heading down one of the more pleasant side streets.

銀座中央通りから離れて、横道を散歩にする  東京

"Yurakucho Plaza Political Speaker Truck" (100608Tu-1824)

Walking through the plaza in front of Yurakucho Station while a politician makes a speech from a speaker truck.

有楽町駅前広場で、政治家が、どんじゃらこんじゃら  東京

"Yamanote Line Train Arrives at Yurakucho - 6:33 p.m." (100608Tu-1833)

Watching a Yamanote Line train arrive at Yurakucho Station at 6:33 p.m., and getting ready to board it.

有楽町駅で山手線が遣って来る  東京

"Yurakucho to Tokyo - Yamanote Left-Side Evening View" (100608Tu-1834)

Riding a Yamanote Line train from Yurakucho to Tokyo - watching the evening skyline roll by from the left side of the train.

山手線を乗って、有楽町駅から、東京駅までに行く 左側の風景  東京

"Waiting for Chuo Line at Tokyo Station" (100608Tu-1838)

Waiting on the platform at Tokyo Station for the next Chuo Line train to arrive, and then waiting while they clear everyone off the train (to discourage people from Kanda and Ochanomizu from backtracking for a seat).

東京駅で次の中央線電車を乗る前に待つ時間  東京

"Disembarking from Chuo Line at Shinjuku" (100608Tu-1853)

Getting off of a Chuo Line train at Shinjuku Station and then looking around a little at the scene on the platform.

中央線から新宿駅で降りて、プラットフォームの様子を見る  東京

"Evening Shinjuku Station South Exit" (100608Tu-1856)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the south exit, and looking around at the evening scene there.

新宿駅の南口風 景  東京

"Shinjuku Omoide-Yokocho (and Entrance Street)" (100608Tu-2158)

Walking along a main street in Shinjuku; turning down a side street, and then walking into the izakaya alley, Omoide-Yokocho.

新宿思い出横丁居酒屋の夜風景  東京

"Green Area Near Ochanomizu Station (Chuo Line View)" (100609We-1242)

Looking out a left-side window of an inbound Chuo Line train at the green next to the water of Kanda River as the train approaches and pulls into Ochanomizu Station.

中央線からの御茶ノ水駅あたりの神田川隣緑風景  東京

"Yamanote Line Arriving at Noontime Kanda Station" (100609We-1248)

While waiting for a Yamanote Line train to stop, a Shinkansen train passes by to the side and above.  As the doors-about-to-close melody plays, I head for the Yamanote Line.

お昼の神田駅プラットフォームから見て、山手線が遣って来る  東京

"Kanda to Tokyo (Yamanote Left-Rear View)" (100609We-1249)

Looking towards the rear from the left side of a Yamanote Line train as it runs from Kanda Station to Tokyo Station.

山手線で、神田駅から、東京駅まで (左後見方)  東京

"Under the Tracks in Yurakucho" (100609We-1255)

Walking under the railway in Yurakucho as trains pass overhead.  This sort of thing is what gives Yurakucho its atmosphere.

有楽町のガード下で歩く  東京

"Stroll Through Yurakucho Bic Camera (1st Floor)" (100609We-1301)

A quick stroll through the first floor of Yurakucho Bic Camera (formerly a Sogo Department Store building).

有楽町ビックカメラ内の散歩  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 9th, 2010 (A-1/2)" (100609We-1416)

A view of the first day of my June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990". 

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月9日 (A-1/2)  東京

"'Tokyo-1990 Exhibition' June 9th, 2010 (B-2/2)" (100609We-1741)

Another view of the first day of my June 2010 exhibition/installation "Tokyo 1990". 

「20年前の東京」展示会/インスタレーション 2010年6月9日 (B-2/2)  東京

"Watching Yamanote Line Train Arrive at Yurakucho" (100609We-2159)

Standing on the elevated platform at Yurakucho Station - watching a Yamanote Line train come in.

The sounds of the train are not interfered with by announcements, loud talking, or other noises, so this is a good clip for listening to the sounds a Yamanote Line train makes as it pulls into a station.

有楽町駅で山手線が遣って来る (この動画の音が良く電車の音が記録しました)  東京



"Akihabara, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Yurakucho, Etc."

Beginning with a look down the inside of an inbound Chuo Line train late in the morning, when it wasn't very crowded.  Then a trackside walk in Ochanomizu towards Akihabara, and a few Akihabara (aka Akiba) scenes, including a couple of "maid" women handing out flyers. And then wrapping up this bunch with some train views from the Keihin-Tohoku Line and a couple of walking views in Yurakucho.

"Inside Late Morning Chuo Line Train" (100602We-1045)

A brief look inside an inbound Chuo Line train during a weekday late morning ride.

朝と昼の間の上り中央線内  東京

"Ochanomizu Trackside Walk by Former Hitachi Building Site" (100602We-1115)

Walking above (drifting downward to below) and to the side of the railway near Ochanomizu Station, with the tracks on my left and the site of a former Hitachi building on my right.

線路隣と元日立建物の間の散歩  東京

"Electronic Component-Stalls Cruise" (100602We-1121)

Walking past a collection of electrical-component stalls near Akihabara Station.

秋葉原電気部品の小店の散歩  東京

"Tokyo to Kanda - Keihin-Tohoku Line, Right Side" (100602We-1748)

View out right side of Keihin-Tohoku Line train as it runs from Tokyo Station to Kanda Station.

(Good view of new construction over Shinkansen tracks.)

東北線の右側風景 - 東京駅から、神田駅まで  東京

"Kanda to Akihabara - Keihin-Tohoku Line, Right Side" (100602We-1750)

View out right side of Keihin-Tohoku Line train as it runs from Kanda Station to Akihabara Station.

京浜東北線の右側風景 - 神田駅から秋葉原駅まで  東京

"Akihabara Used Computer Street (360)" (100602We-1812)

This street has a number of shops that sell used computers and used computer parts.  It used to have a lot more such shops, but they've been disappearing one by one.  One reason may be that leasing companies are working with corporations to sell former lease machines (which used to land on the street via used shops) within the companies, so they don't make it to the street any more.  There are many possible reasons for this type of change - but this is not the place to discuss them.  (Over a beer in Yurakucho perhaps?)

秋葉原中古コンピューター通り  東京

"Akihabara Evening Stroll (Maid Women)-A" (100602We-1816)

(1/2) An evening stroll through Akihabara - including a view of some "maid" women handing out flyers.

秋葉原夕方散歩 (メード女たち)  東京

"Akihabara Evening Stroll (Maid Women)-B" (100602We-1820)

(2/2) An evening stroll through Akihabara - including a view of some "maid" women handing out flyers.

秋葉原夕方散歩 (メード女たち)  東京

"Akihabara to Kanda (Keihin-Tohoku Line Cab-View)" (100602We-1828)

Climbing aboard the first car of a Keihin-Tohoku Line train at Akihabara Station, and looking through the cab window during the ride to Kanda (the next station).

秋葉原駅から、神田駅まで、京浜東北線の前風景  東京

"Kanda to Tokyo (Keihin-Tohoku Line Cab-View)" (100602We-1831)

Looking through the front cab of a Keihin-Tohoku Line train while riding from Kanda to Tokyo.

神田駅から、東京駅まで、京浜東北線の前風景  東京

"Tokyo to Yurakucho (Keihin-Tohoku Line Cab-View)" (100602We-1833)

Looking through the front cab of a Keihin-Tohoku Line train while riding from Tokyo to Yurakucho.

東京駅から、有楽町駅まで、京浜東北線の前風景  東京

"Yurakucho Evening Stroll (Near Bic Camera)" (100602We-1845)

Walking away from the Bic Camera in front of Yurakucho Station in the evening.

有楽町駅近くの夕方散歩  東京

"Petal Cab in Yurakucho" (100602We-1850)

A petal cab rolls by in Yurakucho....

有楽町自転車タクシー  東京



"Tokyo Station Construction, Chuo Line, Old Seibu Train Motor Noise, Etc."

Beginning with views out the window of an inbound Chuo Line train running in central Tokyo.  The Chuo Line is unique in that it's the only surface line (along with its local version running in parallel) that runs within the Yamanote Line.  Other lines stop when they reach the Yamanote Line or go underground there.  The subway system is extensive enough that a visiting friend joked the ground might collapse - since there are so many tunnels running underground.

After that there are some views in and around Tokyo Station (including construction in Kyobashi), then more central-area Chuo Line window views - this time through an open window, followed by watching one of the old type Chuo Line trains arriving and departing Shinjuku Station, and then a Shinjuku street view, and - finally - a night window view (and listen) on one of the old three-door Seibu Line trains, which produces rather prominent engine noises, making for a more interesting ride (I almost said "exciting", but that's probably overstating it a little).

"Chuo Line Window View Between Yotsuya and Ochanomizu" (100601Tu-1439)

Watching central Tokyo flow by from a left side window of an early afternoon Chuo Line train.

中央線左側窓の風景 - 四谷駅と御茶ノ水駅の間  東京

"Chuo Line Window View Between Ochanomizu and Tokyo" (100601Tu-1443)

Looking out a left-side window of a Chuo Line train as it goes from Ochanomizu to Kanda, and then from Kanda to Tokyo.  As the tracks curve to the right, the line pulls alongside and runs in parallel with Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Shinkansen Line tracks - above which there is construction for... more Shinkansen Line tracks?

中央線左側窓の風景 - 御茶ノ水駅と神田駅と東京駅の間  東京

"Tokyo Station - Chuo Line Platform to Lower Transit Area" (100601Tu-1447)

Riding one of the long escalators at Tokyo Station from the Chuo Line platform, down to the transit area beneath the tracks, and then walking over towards the Yaesu Exit.

東京駅中央線から、長いエスカレーターを下りて、線路下の乗り換え所を通って、八重洲口の近くまで歩く  東京

"Tokyo Station Yaesu Exit - June 1st, 2010" (100601Tu-1449)

Exiting Tokyo Station via the Yaesu Exit, turning right, and walking (towards Ginza) in front of the ongoing construction on the Yaesu side.

東京駅八重洲口から駅を出て、工事の前を歩く  東京

"Crossing Street to Yaesu 2-Chome" (100601Tu-1451)

Crossing the main street (405) that runs in front of Tokyo Station, and then turning right and walking along the edge of Yaesu 2-Chome.

東京駅から道を渉って、八重洲二丁目まで  東京

"Yaesu 2-Chome Edge Walk" (100601Tu-1453)

Continuing walking along the edge of Yaesu 2-Chome (on the way to Ginza).

銀座に向かって、八重洲二丁目散歩  東京

"Walking Into Yaesu 2-Chome" (100601Tu-1454)

Turning away from the main street and walking into Yaesu 2-Chome.

八重洲二丁目に入る  東京

"Construction in Kyobashi" (100601Tu-1456)

Walking between Yaesu 2-Chome and Kyobashi 3-Chome, with construction on the Kyobashi side.  The construction industry never sleeps in Tokyo - always tearing things down on the one hand, and building something new on the other.  There are far too many hideous parking lots in Kyobashi and Ginza now - temporarily vacant land that the owners are waiting to augment by tearing down nearby buildings so they can build large, sealed air, hideous boxes....  Someone should explain to the Godzilla construction industry that bigger and newer are not always better.  Very often, they are worse - much worse.

八重洲二丁目と京橋三丁目の間の散歩 (京橋側に工事がある)  東京

"Tokyo Station - Bus and Construction Area" (100601Tu-1831)

Walking by the highway-bus area in front of the construction zone at the Yaesu Entrance to Tokyo Station, and then entering the station and heading towards the ticket gates.

夕方東京駅の八重洲口と工事  東京

"Tokyo Station Evening Transit Area" (100601Tu-1833)

Walking through the below-tracks transit area at Tokyo Station in the evening (in the early part of the evening rush).

夕方東京駅の乗り換え所  東京

"Ochanomizu to Yotsuya (Open Window)" (100601Tu-1839)

Looking out through an open right-side window of a Chuo Line train as it runs from Ochanomizu Station to Yotsuya Station.

中央線の右側開いている窓からの風景 - 御茶ノ水駅から四谷駅まで  東京

"Yotsuya to Shinjuku (Open Window)" (100601Tu-1844)

Looking out through an open right-side window of a Chuo Line train as it runs from Yotsuya Station to Shinjuku Station.

中央線の右側開いている窓からの風景 - 四谷駅から新宿駅まで  東京

"Shinjuku Station Chuo Line Platform Walk" (100601Tu-1851)

Walking down the Chuo Line platform at Shinjuku Station.  I knew one of the old type orange Chuo Line trains was behind the train I got on, so I walked down to the end of the platform to watch it come in.

新宿駅の中央線プラットフォーム散歩  東京

"Old 201 Chuo Line Train at Shinjuku Station" (100601Tu-1852)

As photographers get busy with their cameras, an (outbound) old type orange Chuo Line train (201-Series) arrives at Shinjuku Station, unloads, loads, and departs.

Quick note: Some (apparently) color-blind people seem to think the train is red, but it's not - it's a dark orange.  Not that it matters so much, but I used to drive a similarly colored car, and it always irritated me when people called it "red".  It wasn't - and neither are the old Chuo Line trains!

新宿駅の中央線プラットフォームで古いタイプの電車が到着  東京

"West Side of Shinjuku Station - Short Stroll" (100601Tu-1901)

A short evening stroll down the sidewalk on the west side of Shinjuku Station.

新宿駅の西側短い散歩  東京

"Seibu-Shinjuku Line Night Express - Motor Tunes-A" (100601Tu-2205)

(1/3) Looking out the window of an old type 3-door Seibu-Shinjuku Line express as it heads out into suburbia.  The sound of the motors is quite prominent in this type of train, and so you get a heightened sense of speed with the howling of the motors at speed.

夜西武新宿線3ドア急行のモーターシンフォニー  東京

"Seibu-Shinjuku Line Night Express - Motor Tunes-B" (100601Tu-2209)

(2/3) Looking out the window of an old type 3-door Seibu-Shinjuku Line express as it heads out into suburbia.  The sound of the motors is quite prominent in this type of train, and so you get a heightened sense of speed with the howling of the motors at speed.

The human announcements are also greatly appreciated!  Much better than the typically horrible recordings used for announcements recently.

Right at the end of the clip are also some typical air conditioning noises (distinct, but very short).

夜西武新宿線3ドア急行のモーターシンフォニー  東京

"Seibu-Shinjuku Line Night Express - Motor Tunes-C" (100601Tu-2215)

(3/3) Looking out the window of an old type 3-door Seibu-Shinjuku Line express as it heads out into suburbia.  The sound of the motors is quite prominent in this type of train, and so you get a heightened sense of speed with the howling of the motors at speed.  (You can hear the air compressor in the first part of this clip as well.)

夜西武新宿線3ドア急行のモーターシンフォニー  東京



"Ogikubo, Shinjuku, Ginza, and the Chuo Line"

Beginning with a few looks at Ogikubo, focusing on old-style shotengai streets (first Kyokai-Dori, and then a section of old streets near the station), followed by looks at Shinjuku and Ginza, and wrapping up this set of video clips with midnight views of the Chuo Line out at Hino Station.

"Ogikubo Kyokai-Dori (Late Morning)" (100528Fr-1122)

Walking down most of Ogikubo's Kyokai Dori just before lunch - probably the least crowded time of the day; after the morning rush and before lunch.  Also looking down a few side-streets as I walk along.

お昼ちょっと前の荻窪協会通り  東京

"Ogikubo Old Shotengai Walkabout" (100528Fr-1205)

Walking through a small network of shotengai shopping streets near Ogikubo Station.  Notice that there are some empty gaps and there is a mix of old and new shops.

The fact that most of the shops are fairly old makes it an interesting area.  When shops are independently run, they have some character - once they become chain clones, they may be nice stores, but chain stores never have much character of their own (not that I've seen anyway).

荻窪古い商店街のお昼散歩  東京

"Ogikubo Station - Boarding Inbound Chuo Line" (100528Fr-1216)

Boarding an inbound Chuo Line train at Ogikubo Station.  (Notice the recorded bird sounds.)

荻窪駅で上り中央線電車を乗るところ  東京

"Ogikubo to Asagaya (Inbound Chuo Line)" (100528Fr-1217)

Looking out a right side window of an inbound Chuo Line train as it departs Ogikubo Station, and watching the scenery flow past during the ride to Asagaya Station (the next station).

荻窪駅から阿佐ヶ谷駅まで - 中央線の右側ビュー  東京

"Exiting Shinjuku Station via South Exit" (100528Fr-1229)

Exiting Shinjuku Station via the south exit.

新宿駅の南口から駅を出ます  東京

"Shinjuku - Walking Downhill from South Exit" (100528Fr-1231)

Walking downhill towards Nishi-Shinjuku (after exiting Shinjuku Station from the S
outh Exit) - walking past a political speech group and a wild-paint-job bus.

新宿駅の南口から坂を下りる  東京

"Nishi-Shinjuku Stroll (Near Yodobashi Camera)" (100528Fr-1232)

Walking through a section of Nishi-Shinjuku near Yodobashi Camera.

西新宿散歩 - ヨドバシカメラの近く  東京

"In Front of Yodobashi Camera in Nishi-Shinjuku" (100528Fr_1234)

Looking around while standing in front of the main Nishi-Shinjuku Yodobashi Camera store.

西新宿のヨドバシカメラの前  東京

"Kanda Station - Inbound Chuo Line" (100528Fr-1421)

Inbound Chuo Line train at Kanda Station.

神田駅 - 上り中央線  東京

"Kanda to Tokyo to Yurakucho (Train Typhoon in Yurakucho)" (100528Fr-1422)

Getting on a Yamanote Line train in Kanda, riding it to Tokyo with a Keihin-Tohoku Line train running in parallel - continuing on to Yurakucho, where I watch a number of trains go by - including an outbound Tokaido Line train and an inbound Shinkansen.

山手線で、神田駅から東京駅まで、そして東京駅から、有楽町駅まで。 有楽町駅で、電車台風  東京

"Yurakucho Station - Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines" (100528Fr-1430)

Watching a Yamanote Line train arrive and depart, a Shinkansen go by, and a Keihin-Tohoku Line train fly-by.

有楽町駅から山手線と京浜東北線の電車を見る  東京

"Ginza - Crossing Chuo-Dori" (100528Fr-1451)

Looking in a shop window, and then walking to a corner and beginning to cross Chuo-Dori in Ginza.

銀座中央通りを渡るところ  東京

"Ginza Chuo Dori Stroll" (100528Fr-1452)

Walking along Chuo-Dori in Ginza - looking up, etc.

銀座中央通り散歩  東京

"Midnight Hino Station - Outbound Chuo Line" (100529Sa_0044)

Standing at the leading edge of the Hino Station platform as a midnight outbound Chuo Line train whooshes into the station.

夜中の日野駅で下り中央線が遣って来る  東京

"Tachikawa Station - Last Inbound Chuo Line Train" (100529Sa-0050)

Looking out the front cab of the last inbound train as it pulls into Tachikawa Station, and then looking out on the platform about ten before one in the morning.  The station guy who runs down the platform is making sure there isn't anyone milling about or asleep on the platform before they close the doors on the last train.

夜中の立川駅で、最終上り中央線電車  東京

"Midnight Chuo Line Front Cab View" (100529Sa-0052)

Looking through the front cab of a midnight Chuo Line train as it nears Kunitachi Station.  Also a few looks in the other direction at the interior of the train.  This was the last inbound train of the day.

夜中の最終上り中央線  中と前のビュー  国立駅の近く  東京



"Chuo Line, Tachikawa, and Tamagawa-Josui"

Views on the Chuo Line west of Kokubunji, and then a few views of the elevated walkways on both sides of Tachikawa Station.  After that, a view inside a coffee shop and a look at the walkway along the Tamagawa-Josui Canal - wrapping up with a quick look in a park on a fine late-spring day.

"Kokubunji Line Running Parallel with Seibu-Kokubunji Line" (100526We-0904)

Riding a Chuo Line train out of Kokubunji Station while a Seibu-Kokubunji Line train simultaneously departs from its platform parallel to the Chuo Line, runs alongside, and then veers off to the right.

中央線と西武国分寺線が平行線で走っている  東京

"Chuo Line - Construction at Kunitachi Station" (100526We-0907)

View of both rail construction and station construction through the front cab window of a Chuo Line train as it pulls into Kunitachi Station.  This is part of a fairly extensive construction project on the Chuo Line between Mitaka and Tachikawa, with the rails being elevated and new platforms being built with parallel tracks where express trains can get around local train - a very important improvement, especially during the morning rush, since there are so many trains on the rails.

中央線が工事中の国立駅に入るところ  東京

"Late Morning Tachikawa Station Platform Walk" (100526We-0912)

Walking up the platform in Tachikawa after getting off a train about ten past nine in the morning.  (One hour earlier would have been considerably more crowded.)  Rather than wait for the narrow escalator, I walked around to a wide (and mostly empty) staircase.

立川駅の午前プラットフォーム散歩  東京

"Tachikawa Station South Side Elevated Walkway" (100526We-0913)

Exiting Tachikawa Station on the south side and walking across the elevated walkway there.

立川駅の南口二階横断歩道  東京

"Tachikawa North Elevated Walkway" (100526We-1021)

Exiting Tachikawa-Kita Station and riding an escalator down to the elevated walkway on the north side of Tachikawa Station.  (Tachikawa-Kita Station is one of the monorail stations that is up above the already elevated walkway.)

立川駅の北口二階横断歩道  東京

"Tachikawa - North Side to Chuo Line" (100526We-1026)

Beginning with a look down a main street in Tachikawa (facing away from the station), and then walking from the elevated walkway on the north side of Tachikawa Station, through the ticket gates, and down to the Chuo Line Platform and onto a Chuo Line Train.

立川駅の北口から、中央線の電車まで  東京

"Chuo Line Live Announcement" (100526We-1029)

Looking around on the inside of an inbound Chuo Line train at Tachikawa Station before departing, listening to a live announcement from the conductor.  (No big deal, but when you're blasted with horrible recorded voices all the time, hearing a real human being making a live announcement sounds quite nice sometimes.  Of course - if the recordings were better, it would be less of an issue...)

立川駅の出発前中央線内の生アナウンス  東京

"Coffee Shop Near Takanodai Station" (100526We-1108)

This type of coffee shop used to be everywhere, but now are are becoming fairly rare, so it's a bit of a nostalgia trip to go to one these days.  ("Rare" might not be the best term, but there used to be many more coffee shops of this type, so by comparison....)

台駅近くの喫茶 店  東京

"Tamagawa Josui Walk (May 26th)" (100526We-1127)

Walking down the footpath that runs alongside the Tamagawa-josui Canal in late May - listening to the sound of birds overhead in the trees.  Living in mega-city Tokyo, this type of thing within the city is very much appreciated!

玉川上水の散歩  東京

"Light and Shadows in a Tokyo Park" (100528Fr-1045)

Walking through light and shadows in a Tokyo park in late May of 2010.  The contrast of mega-city life makes moments like this pure pleasure....

公園の五月光と影  東京



"'Tokyo 1990' Friends - Thank you!"

Yesterday was the final day of my "Tokyo 1990" video exhibition/installation.  A couple of friends came by and we stayed there late talking about things while I displayed the video on the ceiling (making it visible on the street to passers by).  By the time I noticed the time, it was just before the last train, so I missed it while cleaning up and spent the night there - sleeping on a row of chairs, using my backpack for a pillow, and getting up in time for the first train at around 5:00 a.m. (which is a story in its own right - especially the crowd of Kabukicho nightclub women who pour onto the train (the
first outbound one in the morning) at Shinjuku Station).

It's b
een an interesting week - meeting people, showing them the hour-long collection of 1990 views of Tokyo (with some parts from 1991), explaining some scenes and seeing how people reacted to the video; which parts were interesting to different people and how different people reacted quite differently to some sections.

On Friday evening, one man noticed the changing light coming from the third floor window as he passed, and went into the building to investigate.  He sat down and watched the video intently for two and a half run-throughs (two-and-a-half hours), making comments about details such as maps for sale in front of a bookstore (what with Internet access from cell phones, no one buys maps anymore), and benches, bicycles and various junk under a rail bridge in Shibuya (now all strictly forbidden - with pedestrian traffic only), etc.  I'm sure he would have commented on many more things, but a friend from the UK came by, and since we were yakking away in English, he probably held off on saying anything more.

In general, people were (not surprisingly) interested in seeing areas that they are (or were) familiar with.  One regret I have now is that I probably put in too many scenes of the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line and Hibarigaoka, which are out of central Tokyo.  For this type of exhibit, it would have been better to have focused more on the areas most Tokyo residents are already familiar with, and kept scenes of fringe areas of Tokyo to a minimum.

Through it all, the backdrop of Room-306 in the Okuno Building made the experience a pleasant and interesting one for me.  I enjoyed sitting in a historical room in a comfortable old building with the windows and door open, allowing a breeze to blow through (passing through the building via a window in the back by the stairs, and also through an open door to the emergency staircase), and with no artificial lighting (save for the light of the video being projected onto the wall).  One of my big complaints in this life, has been suffering in stuffy airless sealed box-like buildings with 100 times more light
(of the worst, most glaring type) than necessary.  So it was pure pleasure to sense the slight changes in lighting from the sun through the open windows as I sat in florescent-light-free bliss.  I can only envy pre-air-conditioning and pre-florescent light people their complete freedom from these modern forms of (slight, but long-lasting and persistent) torture.

What's next?  Good question!  I have plenty of material for more videos from the s
ame time period, and hopefully can have more exhibits once I get more material edited.

A big thank you to my friends (new and old) who visited, as well as all the other visitors who spent some of their time in Room-306 watching my video and discussing it and ever-changing Tokyo.  And... maybe this sounds strange, but I would also like to thank the people who designed and built the Okuno Building (originally called "Ginza Apartment[s]", and all the tenants who lived there, giving the building its warm and settled atmosphere - especially Yoshi Suda, who used Room-306 for nearly the entire history of the 1932 building, being the room's first tenant and staying there until her death at 100 years of age in early 2009.

Oh - I almost forgot - during my exhibit, I took a break on June 16th and made a quick tour of the building, which I recorded and posted as follows:

"Okuno Building - Quick Tour (June 16th, 2010)" (100616-1444)

A quick tour of the Okuno Building, from the 7th floor down to each of the two basements (the building is actually two buildings internally joined, but the basements are separate).

奥野ビルのクイックツアー - 2010年6月16日  東京



"20-78 - A Look Back in the Okuno Building"

The Okuno Building in Ginza was constructed about 78 years ago and I have a video exhibition/installation there now showing views of Tokyo 20 years ago (until the 19th).  Sitting in room 306, where the last tenant, Ms. Suda, lived until her death at 100 years of age in 2009, time and the passage of it are very much on my mind.  Just the past 20 years have brought about more change in Tokyo than you might think, but once you take a close look at pictures taken in 1990 (with some in 1991), it becomes apparent that you're looking at a different generation.

Analyzing that, it begins to make sense when you realize that someone 25 years old in 1990 is 45 now, and a baby in 1990 is 20 now.  It's a new set of young human beings walking around on the streets, and the previous young generation,  now middle-aged, are changed with life experience and aging, so everyone is different.  Add in Tokyo's Godzilla construction industry which never, ever, tires of tearing down anything older than two or three decades, and Tokyo 2010 is not the same city as Tokyo 1990.

That said, how about 1932, when the Okuno Building was built?  The 306-Project team is currently diligently looking into Ms. Suda's past, but almost all traces of former addresses (where she ran a chain a beauty parlors) have vanished beneath name changes, road building, etc., and when someone lives to be 100 years old, and died over a year ago, it's highly unlikely any of their friends are still alive.  If 20 years ago is one generation back, then 78 is nearly four generations back, and that's pretty much a whole different world.

One last comment.  Japan is currently in the "Heisei" era, which began in 1989.  An older woman yesterday, while watching my video from 1990, commented that it looked to her like a look back at the Showa era.  I hadn't thought of it that way until she told me that, but I think I agree.  No time to explain exactly why right now, but I agree.

And... here's a video I took on the 3rd floor of the Okuno Building, which shows the hallways and stairwells there, and then has a look into room 306:

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