• Short Summary

    THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN THE WORLD PREPARES FOR CHRISTMAS -- AND REMARKABLY: FOR LESS THAN ONE PER CENT OF THE COUNTRY IS CHRISTIAN.

  • Description

    THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN THE WORLD PREPARES FOR CHRISTMAS -- AND REMARKABLY: FOR LESS THAN ONE PER CENT OF THE COUNTRY IS CHRISTIAN.

    CHRISTMAS IS A POSTWAR INNOVATION IN JAPAN, WHERE MOST OF THE PEOPLE ARE BUDDHIST OR SHINTOIST AND WOULD NOT NORMALLY CELEBRATE THE CHRISTIAN FESTIVAL. BUT THE END OF THE YEAR IS TRADITIONALLY A TIME FOR EXCHANGING GIFTS AND THE RESULT IS THE CONVENIENT INTRODUCTION OF THIS COLOURFUL FESTIVAL.

    IN THE GINZA, TOKYO'S LEADING SHOPPING THOROUGHFARE, SANTA CLAUS -- JAPANESE STYLE -- IS IN EVERY WINDOW AND INSIDE THERE'S A DISPLAY OF TOYS TO DELIGHT EVERY CHILD.

    TRADITIONAL CAROLS FILL THE AIR IN THE STORES AND COFFEE SHOPS. EVERYONE RECOGNISES THE TUNE, THOUGH FEW UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE WORDS.

    SKIING HAS BECOME AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR SPORT IN JAPAN IN RECENT YEARS AND THE SPORTS SHOPS ARE DOING GOOD BUSINESS. WITH THE WINTER SEASON COMING SKIS MAKE AN IDEAL PRESENT.

    CHRISTMAS IS NOT OFFICIALLY A HOLIDAY IN JAPAN, BUT THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IS NOW A PART OF JAPANESE LIFE, AND NOT ONLY THE SHOP-KEEPERS WANT TO KEEP IT. IF SANTA CLAUS OR FATHER CHRISTMAS OR SAINT NICHOLAS CAN FILL STOCKINGS FOR CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD, WHY SHOULDN'T HE PUT JAPAN'S CHILDREN HIS LIST?

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC2BI5Z2J6P9VFI66QIUSHBZNK
    Media URN:
    VLVAC2BI5Z2J6P9VFI66QIUSHBZNK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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