• Short Summary

    IN CENTRAL HOKKAIDO OF JAPAN, AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN DAISETSU, A COLOURFUL FIRE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE ONCE IN TEN YEARS.

  • Description

    IN CENTRAL HOKKAIDO OF JAPAN, AT THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN DAISETSU, A COLOURFUL FIRE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE ONCE IN TEN YEARS.

    THE PEOPLE CELEBRATING ARE THE SCARCE AINU PRONOUNCED EE-NU WHO MIGRATED FROM CENTRAL ASIA, POSSIBLY AT THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN HISTORY. AINUS WHO DIFFER MUCH FROM THE JAPANESE ARE 15,000 IN NUMBER AND LIVE BY HUNTING AND FISHING.

    THE FIRE FESTIVAL STARTS IN THE EVENING AT A CAVE IN NEARBY ACTIVE VOLCANO, MOUNT ASAHI. THE TOUGH MEN WHO SPORT BEARDS ON THEIR TATOOED FACES AND WOMEN IN COLOURFUL DRESS GATHER TO PRAY. UNDER A LEADER, WHO BUILDS A FIRE WITH FLINT.

    AT DUSK THEY COME DOWN THE VOLCANO IN A TORCH PARADE TO THE FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN DAISETSU TO PRAY TO MOUNTAIN GOD FOR LONG LIFE AND HAPPINESS TO AINUS.

    THE PRAYERS END IN A FEAST AND DANCING.

    NEXT MORNING THE FIRE FESTIVAL IS OVER WITH MENFOLK SHOOTING EACH AN ARROW TOWARDS THE SUMMIT, TO BEGIN YET ANOTHER DECADE OF TOUGH BUT HAPPY LIFE AMONG THE IN HOSPITAL COLD AND BARREN WASTES OF CENTRAL HOKKAIDO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA28332ND4GNKW9DDDWSA4GRP9V
    Media URN:
    VLVA28332ND4GNKW9DDDWSA4GRP9V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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