Walking to the river and back – a time lapse experiment

I tried a time-lapse video of walking from my house to the Nakagawa and back – about 1 km away. The whole trip was about 30 minutes, condensed to about 30 seconds. All I did was leave my iPhone in my pocket.

I don’t think I would actually call this a “success.” Maybe if the camera was pointed straight ahead the whole time it would seem a little less “psychedelic” and chaotic. If you have problems with sensory overload I don’t recommend watching this video.

But what the hey – it’s recorded, so online it goes!

Just before sunset, by the Nakagawa

Sunset was at 4:52 pm today. Early! Just before, by the river, I took some photos of the leaves changing color, and caught the sun between two buildings.

Note there is no “green dot lens flare” in the sunset river photo. I found a great app to retouch things like that. It removes all sorts of problems from photos. It can even remove hanging wires! Also, if you click the photos you can see them full size.


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10 seconds along the Nakagawa at 5:30 pm

I’m still not feeling well, and don’t have my strength back, but I decided I really need to move my body! I can’t let myself get weak by not moving. So when it got a bit cooler I took a bottle of water and forced myself to cycle over to the Nakagawa, just a kilometer away. I didn’t do a full course along the river. Instead I parked my bike by one of the decks and went down by the river and sat for a while. Here’s a 10 second, very quiet video of the river going slowly past. It was peaceful. I stayed until the Katsushika Ward office speakers came on with music telling kids it was time to go home.





First day of autumn bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Ninagawa

Today is the autumnal equinox, a national holiday in Japan. And it’s beautiful weather outside. I decided to do a full course bike ride along the Nakagawa and Shin Nakagawa.

First, a view from the Nakagawa, a bit further up the river than from where I usually take photos. You can see the Sky Tree off in the distance. The river is very winding, so the position of the Sky Tree seems to move around as you are riding. Sometimes it’s in front of you, sometimes it’s to your right, sometimes it’s behind you.


About another kilometer ahead, you come to a park, and a sports field. This is also right next to the Katsushika Sports Center.



Just past the sports center, and over a small bridge, you continue along the Nakagawa.


At the end of this path, you come to a small park which is at the junction of the Nakagawa and the Shin Ninagawa.



The rest of these photos were taken along the Shin Nakagawa on the circuitous route back in the direction of my house. The path along the river here is much wider.