Print Story Video of 1991 Tokyo Station (#2)
By lylehsaxon (Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:27:30 PM EST) (all tags)
The continuation of a day I spent in March 1991 video-recording in and around Tokyo Station.  At the time I took this video (and the others I took in 1990-92), the purpose was to record "present-day Japan", but now - eighteen years later - the videos are a record of the past.

There are a number of things in this video which no longer exist, starting with the area between the back of the old brick station building and the elevated tracks (now part of the expanded platform access area), and including a view of a cigarette vending machine with only Japanese brands (before barriers to imports were lifted), a pre-touch screen ticket machine with it's illuminated round buttons, pre-cell phone people actually using public telephones on the platform, the Dai-Maru Department Store (closed quite a while ago - the building is now being demolished), the Marunouchi Business district before any of the high-rise office towers went up, the Chuo Line running low before the high (and relocated) platform was built, etc:

Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon

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I liked that a lot. by muchagecko (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Apr 12, 2009 at 03:47:22 AM EST
I think that's the first time I've ever seen what you look like. I had wondered how much you'd stand out there.

Nice fast pace. Lots to see and all very interesting.

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Yeah - like a sore thumb... by lylehsaxon (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Apr 12, 2009 at 08:58:28 AM EST
Thanks!  The uncut original footage is long and boring, but I tried to just put in some relevant bits in this clip.

I stand out all right!  I've sometimes wondered how it would be if I could change form and try walking around Tokyo as one race or another.  But since there are a lot more long-term people here than when I first came, people are more used to the idea of other races actually (gasp!) being able to use the local language and knowing (to one degree or another) the local customs.


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