• Short Summary

    Thousands of young Buddhists, flower-laden and in gala attire, assembled in large temples and other public places in Tokyo, Apr 8, to celebrate "Hanamatsuri" - the annual cherry-blossom festival.

  • Description

    TOKYO 8 Apr 1960 (REUTERS)
    GV Gokokuji Temple
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    SV Children around large model of elephant
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    CU Model of elephant
    10
    SV Children put on ceremonial hat 14
    CU Children wear ceremonial hat
    18
    SV Children around miniature Temple (Hanamido)
    22
    CU Children pour 'Amacha' over statue of infant Buddha
    25
    SV DITTO
    29
    PAN DOWN..Temple to crowds around
    34
    SV People take pictures of O-Chigosan
    37
    CU Little girl (O-Chigosan)
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    SV Child accompanied by father, child clad in Samurai warrior costume
    46
    LV Cherry trees
    50
    LV PAN..Children wait in street for procession
    53
    SV Girls pass in procession dressed in ceremonial hats, etc.
    57
    SV Children look on
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    SV Girls in procession clad in kimonos
    05
    CU Little girl (O-Chigosan) waves
    07
    LV Sacred children in parade
    12
    GV Crowds and procession
    17 Initials PC/S/AHS/ES


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    Background: Thousands of young Buddhists, flower-laden and in gala attire, assembled in large temples and other public places in Tokyo, Apr 8, to celebrate "Hanamatsuri" - the annual cherry-blossom festival. Exercises and dances were held in honour of the founder of their religion, - Lord Buddha, - before participating in one of the festival's highlights - the "O-Chigosan" procession.

    Both parents and children took part in ancient rites in the Gokokuji Temple. Juice of the "Amacha", a king of hydrangea, was poured over the statue of the infant Buddha, and children clad in "Samurai" warrior costumes played round a miniature temple known as "Hanamido" or Flower Temple.

    Gaily dressed girls in kimonos, and "sacred children" in ceremonial hats, took part in the colourful procession as crowds of onlookers lined Tokyo streets.

    "O-Chigosan" - or sacred children, - occupy an honoured position in the procession. An old account related that they were always gaily dressed and had their faces painted. Their task on this festive day is to dance before the Buddha, and to place offerings before him.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABAPQU06U7ACBGIK4CNEYLOKFZ
    Media URN:
    VLVABAPQU06U7ACBGIK4CNEYLOKFZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/04/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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