Home videos of 1990s Japan are the #youtube equivalent of a warm blanket


In 1990, Tokyo resident Lyle Hiroshi Saxon began filming video of his life. Most of his videos, which he’s graciously put on YouTube, are simple walking shots of train stations or city streets. You’ll get a few seconds of a group of businessmen, cut away to an interesting store display, then back to a faceless crowd. But if you happen to be feeling panicked or overwhelmed, the overall effect can be surprisingly powerful.

It’s also the kind of offbeat project that could only come together in a place like YouTube. The videos aren’t particularly popular (most hover around 500 views), and they’re strange enough that it’s hard to imagine anyone choosing to put them on TV.

Saxon’s style isn’t quite Slow TV — the editing is too choppy and…

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