H Saxon Movies
"Jiyugaoka Irish Music at Irish Pub"
One fine evening in late May 2008 in Jiyugaoka, with live Irish music
at an Irish pub. - LHS
"On the Street in Jiyugaoka"
Walking around in Jiyugaoka in late May of 2008. - LHS
"Approaching Shibuya Station at Night"
Approaching Shibuya Station on the Toyoko Line at night. - LHS
"Banana Song - Columbian Bar" (Tokyo-1991)
The Banana Song, as performed by the owner of a Columbian bar in Tokyo
"No-passing Escalator" (Why being able to pass is a good idea) (Tokyo
Tokyo-1991. No passing possible in this view of escalators nearly
completely full. Another thing that has improved here - now
people stand to the left to allow passing on the right
"Shibuya Crossing - Charging into Wall of People" (Tokyo-2008)
(Aspect ratio destroyed in upload)
Shibuya, Tokyo. At Shibuya crossing - crossing the street,
heading straight for a collision, but magically getting through the
wall with no crashes.
"In the Shibuya Hachiko Square Crowd" (Tokyo-2008)
Shibuya Hachiko Square - View from ground-zero one April evening.
"Shibuya - Waiting in Hachiko Square" - (Tokyo-2008)
Shibuya, Hachiko Square. Waiting for someone one fine evening
while the cherry blossoms were still out.
"Gotanda - Escape to Past"
Gotanda Station area - starting with the modern area in front of (one
side of) the station, and then diving into a side street for a blast to
"Shibuya Plaza (Old Tokyu Green Train)" (Tokyo-2008)
Shibuya - The Hachiko Statue waiting area (statue not visible in this
video), with the old Green Tokyu train car - the front visible on the
left of the screen. People walking about - flashing lights,
announcements, people with their cell phones....
"Yamanote Line Inside Train Display" (Tokyo-2008)
The displays over the doors are bilingual (Japanese & English) for
the station names.
"Toyoko Line Inside Train Display" (Tokyo-2008)
Unlike the Yamanote Line with its irritating English announcement, the
Toyoko Line just has the display over the doors - which is as it should
be! Stations names are station names - they don't need to be
At a Shrine During New Year's Holiday, 2008
This shrine in Tokyo is popular with students praying for good results
on their school entrance tests (mainly High School & College, but
there are entrance tests for elementary school and middle school at
private schools as well).
Chichibu Line video #1:
Waiting for a Train at Tokorozawa Station
SStanding on a winter platform waiting for a train to come in. Trains
then come in on both sides of the platform.
Shinjuku Station Morning:
Yamanote 11-car train:
Shibuya Walk to Hachiko:
Shibuya Walk from Toyoko Line to Street Level
1991 Tokyo - Hibarigaoka Rain
Shinjuku Station - West Side Ticket Gates:
1991 Tokyo - Expensive Umbrellas & Long Hair
Sardine Run (Tokyo-1991)
Off the Map (Minami-Senju, Tokyo-1991)
Saitama Countryside (1991)
The countryside just outside of Tokyo, as seen from the Tobu-Tojo Line
in May 1991.
Pulling away from Shibuya Station - Shibuya Crossing
Entering Shinjuku ticket gates on the west side of the station
"Old Marunouchi Line Red Train at Ginza Station" (1991)
View of an old type red and white Marunouchi Line train coming into and
stopped at Ginza Station. Of historical interest - in addition to the
visual aspect - are the sounds of the train and the announcement, which
seems to be from a decade or two earlier than the 1991 date. Things are
quite different now....
"Ginza Reflections" (1991)
Shinjuku Old Wooden Bars Street
This walk-only narrow street of small drinking places has stayed
basically unchanged for decades. While on the street, it's hard to
imagine that glittering office towers are only a five-minute walk away.
Actually Full Train in 1991 (Why Flex-Time is a Good Idea)
I have nothing but the highest respect and admiration for the Tokyo
train system - but even this fine system running like clockwork has its
limits. This video was taken in 1991 and things have improved somewhat
due to increased trains and (more importantly) flex-time being allowed
at many companies, but even now, when something throws the trains a
little off schedule (someone taking the express checkout from life by
jumping in front of a train, etc.), then things can be as shown in the
video. 30,000,000 is a lot of work to move about!
Crush-Rush at Shakuji-Koen Station-1991 (Why Flex-Time was Needed!)
Again - and I need to say this - the Tokyo train system I consider to
be the best in the world. Nevertheless, before flex time was allowed at
many companies (1991 in this case) and when the trains fall behind
schedule for some reason (errant passenger action events), it can be
(*is* actually) like the images in this video. Please keep in mind that
for the past five or six *decades*, the Tokyo trains system has been -
and continues to be - expanded. It's an amazing system that moves
30,000,000 people around like clockwork.
Early Morning Sun at Shakujikoen Station...
Down the Stairs, Along the Platform, and Into(?) the Train (Long
Version-1991 Hibarigaoka Station)
This is a long version of "Actually Full Train in 1991 (Why Flex-Time
is a Good Idea)", starting with walking down the stairs from the ticket
gate area to the platform, then walking along the platform, and then
contemplating the possibility of getting on the train. Life in the Big
Mega-City folks. Once again, thanks to flex time and increased trains,
the situation is better in 2008 than it was in 1991 (when this video
was taken), but still there are times, places, and situations where it
still as shown in this video.
Rolling Into Shinjuku (1991)
Night train rolling into Shinjuku - looking out the window through
reflection of the inside of the train. Bright lights, big city....
"Meiji Jingu at New Year's - People & Umbrellas Walking By"
At New Year's at Meiji Jungu Shrine in Tokyo. A river of people
passes by with umbrellas in their hands on their way to pray at Meiji
Jingu. Very cheap clear plastic umbrellas had yet to take over
the umbrella scene, so the sea of umbrellas tends to be more colorful
than it is now (2008).
"Meiji-Jingu Couple Nearing the Shrine" (Tokyo-1991)
Meiji Jingu at New Year's. The flow of couples (and others)
walking through the gate that leads into the area in front of Meiji
"Meiji Jingu Passing Umbrellas - Competting Religeous Advertisement"
Meiji Jingu, New Year's 1991. People walk by with their umbrellas
on their way to pray at Meiji Jingu Shrine while a competing religion
plays a recorded advertisement from a horn speaker.
"Meiji Jingu Shrine - Sea of Umbrellas" (Tokyo-1991)
A sea of umbrellas marches towards Meiji Jinju Shrine at New Year's
"Meiji Jingu Shrine - Walking in the Sea of Umbrellas" (Tokyo-1991)
Meiji Jingu Shrine, New Year's 1991. Walking in the river of
people going (with umbrellas in hand) to pray at Meiji Jingu Shrine -
under the trees on the long path in.
"Hand-Punched Ticket Gates in 1990 Tokyo at Shinjuku Station"
Just a year or so after this video was taken in 1990, they installed
the first generation of automatic ticket gates here. In 1991 videos,
the automatic ticket gates begin appear at one after another station.
The first generation of ticket gates works magnetically, requiring that
the ticket run through the machine, but second generation automatic
ticket gates read IC-embedded cards and that don't need to be fed into
the machine (although they still read individually sold magnetic
"Looking Out Saikyo Line Window Between Ikebukuro & Shinjuku"
The view out the evening window of a Saikyo Line train between
Ikebukuro and Shinjuku.
"Walking Down Old Wooden Drinking Lane"
This street of old wooden drinking places has remained pretty much
unchanged for many decades.
"Walking Towards East Exit within Shinjuku Station" (March 31st, 2008)
Walking under the tracks within Shinjuku Station - heading towards the
East Exit ticket gates.
"East Exit Ticket Gates of Shinjuku Station - March 31st, 2008"
This was taken in the same spot as "Hand-Punched Ticket Gates in 1990
Tokyo at Shinjuku Station". The dyed blond hair biped that rushes
by is a gate crasher BTW - blasting through the gates going in the
wrong direction with no ticket.
"Kabukicho Area - March 31st, 2008"
One view in the Kabukicho area. This area features in books,
"Entering the Kabukicho Area" (Tokyo-2008)
This is one of the entrances to the Kabukicho area. For Tokyo
residents, it's mainly just another area of Tokyo, but the further you
get from Tokyo, the more notorious its reputation it seems.
"Kabukicho Area - Pachinko, Restaurants, Bars... Mystery!"
Kabukicho makes for a good setting for mystery books and movies....
"Heading Towards Kabukicho" (Tokyo-2008)
Crossing the street near the East Exit side of Shinjuku Station -
walking towards the Kabukicho area.
"Inner Tokyo 'Burbs" (Tokyo 2008/April)
"Typical View of the East Exit Side of Shinjuku Station"
Typical view of the east side of Shinjuku Station. From here you can do
a number of things - go to a movie, restaurant, upscale department
store, high-class hotel, office tower, bank, sleazy nightclub area, etc.
"Out of a Smokey Shop & Into the Clear Night" (Tokyo-2008)
In Kabukicho, outside of an old drinking place. The man walking away
had just come out of it. Not entirely visible in the video clip
is ... all » the smoke blowing out of an exhaust vent in
the shop, which added some ambiance to an otherwise clear night.