• Short Summary

    "TANABATA" - ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST COLOURFUL SUMMER FESTIVALS - WAS OBSERVED IN HIRATSUKA CITY NEAR TOKYO LAST SUNDAY.

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    "TANABATA" - ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST COLOURFUL SUMMER FESTIVALS - WAS OBSERVED IN HIRATSUKA CITY NEAR TOKYO LAST SUNDAY.

    LOCAL RESIDENTS AND TOURISTS CROWDED THE STREETS IN THEIR THOUSANDS.PARENTS TOOK SMALL CHILDREN TO SEE THE DECORATIONS.HOUSES AND SHOPS WERE FESTOONED WITH GARLANDS, STREAMERS AND AN INFINITE VARIETY OF PAPER LANTERNS.

    THE FESTIVAL IS BASED ON A LEGEND ABOUT TWO STARS.ONE THE JAPANESE KNOW AS THE "WEAVER", THE OTHER IS ALTAIR.SHINING ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE MILKY WAY, THEY ARE SAID TO MEET ONCE A YEAR WHEN THE WEAVER SEEKS OUT HER LOVER ALTAIR.

    SINCE WEAVING WAS TRADITIONALLY ONE OF THE DUTIES OF JAPANESE WOMEN, THIS WAS THEIR FESTIVAL.TODAY IT IS A FESTIVE OCCASION FOR EVERYONE AND A LUCRATIVE ONE FOR HIRATSUKA' MANY SHOPKEEPERS WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE STREET DECORATIONS TO ATTRACT CUSTOMERS.

    THE GIRLS STILL HAVE THEIR FIRM PLACE IN THE FESTIVAL'S GRAND PARADE, WHERE ONE OF THEM ACTS AS QUEEN FOR THE DAY.OTHER GIRLS MARCH AS DRUM MAJORETTES WITH THE BANDS - DECIDEDLY A MODERN ASPECT OF "TANABATA".AND THE IMAGES DEPICTING THE WEAVER AND HER LOVE WERE JOINED THIS TIME BY DISPLAYS REMINDING SPECTATORS THAT THE OLYMPIC GAMES WILL BE HELD IN JAPAN NEXT YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABAZWTSZ1CY7OENTYA4I3JEBYF
    Media URN:
    VLVABAZWTSZ1CY7OENTYA4I3JEBYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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