• Short Summary

    ANCIENT FESTIVALS AND FOLK CUSTOMS, ATTRACTIVE IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, BECOME EVEN MORE FASCINATING WHEN PERFORMED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A MODERN INDUSTRIAL CITY....

  • Description

    ANCIENT FESTIVALS AND FOLK CUSTOMS, ATTRACTIVE IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, BECOME EVEN MORE FASCINATING WHEN PERFORMED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A MODERN INDUSTRIAL CITY.... LAST WEEKEND THE ASAKUSA DISTRICT OF TOKYO CELEBRATED THE SUMMER FESTIVAL - 'SANJA MATSURI' - WHEN THREE GIANT PALANQUINS WERE CARRIED THROUGH CROWDED STREETS ON THE SHOULDERS OF YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS.

    IT'S AN ANNUAL SPECTACLE THAT ATTRACTS MORE THAN HALF A MILLION PEOPLE TO THE PROCESSIONAL ROUTE LEADING TO TOKYO'S LARGEST TEMPLE - THE AKASUKA TEMPLE - DEDICATED TO THE GOD OF MERCY.

    THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF COMPETITION AMONG YOUNG BOYS AND GIRLS TO CARRY THE PALANQUINS - COVERED LITTERS FOR ONE PERSON, USED IN RELIGIOUS FESTIVITIES IN INDIA AND THROUGHOUT THE FAR EAST - FOR CUSTOM SAYS THAT NO EVIL WILL COME TO THE BEARERS DURING THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THE FESTIVAL WAS FIRST CELEBRATED OVER 250 YEARS AGO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SO7O3X9CF4DQRHLYOFMZVFZ4
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SO7O3X9CF4DQRHLYOFMZVFZ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1964
    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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