The British have never been very successful at selling their industrial products in Japan, most of the trade flows the other way, but one aspect of English leisure life is making an impact: the English way of drinking.
LV & SV EXT Public house with Japanese and British flags outside entrance (2 shots)
TRACKING SHOT INT FROM Bar staff TO customers
CU Beer advertisement "Imported from London, England"
SV PAN British-made spirits behind bar
SV PAN FROM Japanese barmaid TO Japanese girl seated drinking
SV PAN & CU FROM Bar area TO man playing darts (4 shorts)
CU Sign advertising first Japanese darts tournament
CU Tournament dart board in Shiba Part Hotel
SV Men's darts tournament in progress
CU Three men playing (3 shots)
CU & LV Men's tournament continues (2 shots)
SV & CU Judge marks score sheets (2 shots)
SV & CU Women's tournament in progress (4 sheets)
Initials BB/1725 GR-NC/MR/BB/1735
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Background: The British have never been very successful at selling their industrial products in Japan, most of the trade flows the other way, but one aspect of English leisure life is making an impact: the English way of drinking.
The public house or "pub" ... looking a little out of place in downtown Tokyo ... is being used by more and more Japanese as a place in which to relax.
The first pub to be built in Tokyo is in the Roppongi entertainment district. It is still one of the most popular and the company who exported it to Japan-complete with English beer, plates, cutlery and dartboard-hopes to have a chain of 150 established within a few years.
At first only foreigners sought the brass and ale atmosphere as a refuge from the stoic Japanese life-style. But the Japanese soon acquired at taste for beer, fish and chips and darts.
The popularity of darts-an old English pub game-has increased to the stage where the first "All Nippon Darts Tournament" took place at the Shiba Part Hotel on Saturday (5 April).
The Japanese entrants-although numbering only 30 per cent of the contestants-performed well.
Most of the contestants were foreigners-mainly Embassy staff and newsmen from eight countries.