• 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, DOZENS OF FATHER CHRISTMASES BEAM HAPPILY SPENDING THEIR MONEY IN THE SEASON OF GOODWILL.

    IN DEPARTMENT STORES AND COFFEE SHOPS THE TRADITIONAL CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS FILL THE AIR. EVERYONE RECOGNISES THE TUNES, THROUGH FEW UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THE WORDS.

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

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    Film ID:
    VLVADEUBSH10Z60D4CW78J928FZBI
    Media URN:
    VLVADEUBSH10Z60D4CW78J928FZBI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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