Ongoing Updates (5.20.18). Snapshots from daily life in and around Tokyo, a.k.a. “The Big Sushi,” at the end of the second millennium and the start of the third.
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Tokyo Kills Me: Fall, 2017. Snapshots from daily life in The Big Sushi.
Yukiguni “Snow Country”
Tokyo may be generally mild, dry, and sunny in winter, but it comes at a cost to its neighbours: much of the snow that crosses from continental Asia bumps up against the mountains of central Honshu and dump their burden on the Sea of Japan side of the island. Niigata, where R. is from, lies within this yuki guni,”snow country.” In fact, the novel Snow Country by KAWABATA Yasunari is set in the mountain resort area of Yuzawa. Each New Year, R. and I pass through on our way by Shinkansen to coastal Niigata. The change from the balmy Kanto plain to yukiguni is always dramatic as the shinkansen exits a tunnel from Kanto and enters mountainous Gunma prefecture. The photos taken from the train are of Gunma and Niigata, both coming from and returning to Tokyo.
This year, 2014, Niigata has had a particularly hard spell of snowfall. In fact, the day after we arrived blizzard conditions kept us holed up for most of the day at the home of R.’s parents. We did manage a walk later in the day, however, and these are the town and castle pictures in this set.
If Tokyo is a collection of Edo-era villages held together by a web of rail lines — which it is — then train stations are the village centers, the common, the place everyone goes sooner or later and around which daily live revolves.
And of all the stations in the city, Shinjuku Station is the one by which all others in Tokyo, in Japan, in the world, compare themselves – and come up wanting. Continue reading “Shinjuku Drift: Shinjuku Station “A perfect storm of busy-ness””
I’ve watched parts of this a few times now, and still haven’t figured out how he put it together. Stills superimposed over video footage? Is that even a thing?