Japan is getting ready for the Royal Wedding of the year, April 10, when Crown Prince Akihito marries Miss Michiko Shoda, a commoner of his own choice, the girl he met on a tennis court.
SV Pan Down... Decorated street in Ginza shopping district.
CU Lantern being assembled.
SV Collection of lanterns ready to hang up in street.
SCU Lantern being put up in street.
LV Showing street decorated with patterns.
CU Lantern in street.
SV Pan Down... Decorated street.
CU Two big Japanese dolls outside cake shop.
GV Big store with huge Japanese flag on front facade.
SV Interior... of store. Pan up to big picture of Crown Prince and his bride
CU Salesgirl with periscope.
CU Youngster looking through periscope.
GV Stage show inside store.
LV Tourist takes picture outside royal palace.
TV Traffic in street .. pan to big wooden platform being erected for television facilities.
CU Cherry tree in bloom.
SV Plane arrives at airport. Mrs. Vining descending from plane.... hat gets caught in umbrella.
STV Mrs. Vining being met by Mr. Shinzo Koizumi one of the Crown Prince's tutors.
SV People on viaduct waving.
CU Mrs. Vining waving back.
SV Int. of photographers.
SCU Mrs. Vining .. pan down to package she is carrying (present for Crown Prince.)
GV Pan Carriages and riders through street ... (rehearsal).
SV Group of police standing by.
LV Riders in street.
SV Japanese youths looking on in shop doorway.
LV Carriages towards in street.
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Background: Japan is getting ready for the Royal Wedding of the year, April 10, when Crown Prince Akihito marries Miss Michiko Shoda, a commoner of his own choice, the girl he met on a tennis court. On April 5 Visnews filmed the arrival of Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Vining, former tutor to the Crown Prince and the only non-Japanese who will attend the wedding as Philadelphia's Honorary Goodwill Ambassadress.
Tokyo and practically every other city, village or community in Japan is being decorated and police in the capital are making final preparations to ensure a smooth-rolling wedding procession through the streets which will be packed with thousands of spectators.
Businessmen are doing increased trade because everyone wants to look his or her best on the wedding day. Fireworks and paper decorations are in high demand as well as periscopes for those who fear the huge crowd will prevent them from seeing the procession.
Radio and Television stations are laying on grand-scale coverage of the wedding. Thirteen press 'planes will circle the procession's route from the Imperial Palace to the Crown Prince's private mansion, - a distance of eight kilometres - five of the 'planes will carry TV-cameras.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Vining was the Crown Prince's American tutor from 1946-1950. She has been designated by the American town of Philadelphia as "Honorary Goodwill Ambassador, empowered to represent the city in stimulating friendly relations throughout the world."
Mrs. Vining said she thought the wedding of Akihito to Miss Shoda, a member of a distinguished samurai family "would bring the throne of Japan much closer to the people" much as the British Royal Family is part of the people.