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By lylehsaxon (Mon May 11, 2009 at 05:06:14 PM EST) (all tags)
Ginza is historically Tokyo's most well-known area (these days, I'm not so sure - it might be Shibuya, Roppongi, or Shinjuku), and Yurakucho is way down the list, but the two are side-by-side and for the many people who visit Ginza via Yurakucho Station (JR surface train station), they have to walk through a section of Yurakucho in order to get to Ginza.

Yurakucho has long been famous for cheap drinking places, and that's still partly true, although they had to demolish a wide stretch of them when they built the first Shinkansen super express from Tokyo to Osaka (completed in 1964), and the section between Yurakucho Station and Ginza has been mostly rebuilt with shiny glass & steel fashionable buildings that make the section fundamentally an extension of Ginza.

In this video (below), I begin by boarding a Yamanote Line train in Gotanda and riding the loop line over to Yurakucho Station, and then walking through the rebuilt part of Yurakucho and into Ginza.  In Ginza (the edge of Ginza), I visit one of the oldest buildings in Ginza (the Okuno Building) to visit some art galleries, and then go over to the fashionable part of Ginza, followed by a visit to the part of Yurakucho that still has cheap drinking places - many with tables and stools that are set out on the street in front of the shops.

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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Thank you. by Beechwood 45789 (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon May 11, 2009 at 09:58:33 PM EST
Your videos are, hands down, my favorite thing on Hulver. I'm a ex-regular turned lurker, so I don't tell you this enough; but your videos are wonderful.

I especially love the 1:00 mark when, among all the suits and casual street wear, a woman in traditional garb makes a brief, but beautiful appearance.

I live in a large city myself and your videos make me realize how strange, lovely, and special my own home is.

Please keep them coming.

Thanks for the feedback! by lylehsaxon (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue May 12, 2009 at 06:15:25 PM EST
I really appreciate your saying that.  I took that on Friday, and then edited it and posted it over the weekend.  It took a bit more time than I had expected it to, and I was sort of muttering to myself about whether the effort was worth it.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the woman who walked into my video in that kimono.  It's hard to take pictures of women in kimonos without being rude, since they are natural magnets for tourists' cameras.  That was a lucky bit of documentary recording to catch her as part of the scene.  Ginza is probably where the most kimono-clad women in Tokyo are, but many of them are working at exclusive clubs and only appear briefly on the street among various people who don't like to have their pictures taken.

Thanks again for the feedback - I needed to hear that!


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