• Short Summary

    Chikaramochi and Kakunori are the names of traditional rice bag and timber contests performed by stevedores and timber workers in Tokyo.

  • Description

    Chikaramochi and Kakunori are the names of traditional rice bag and timber contests performed by stevedores and timber workers in Tokyo.

    As girls in ceremonial costumes beat drums and play bamboo flutes the stevedores and timber men begin their demonstration of skill and strength, - the stevedores competing to see who can lift the greatest number of the heavy rice bags and the timber man striving to outshine each other in manoeuvring floating lengths of timber with their feet.

    One stevedore was filmed with - it is claimed - 1000 lb. of rice balanced on his stomach and on top of the rice, two men pounding more rice in a mortar.

    The height of skill was shown by a timber man. He balanced on an upright ladder on a floating log.

    The two contests date back about 150 years, when deck workers at one of Tokyo's main harbours for the unloading of rice and timber began to take an artistic interest in their work and started playing with their rice bags and timber just for the fun of it, Revolving the floating timber so that buyers could inspect its quality was the origin of the timber men's contest.

    Both contests are now firmly established Japanese traditions and are demonstrated yearly in the Grand Tokyo Festival.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADLI5JTQ3VETLLEK5JDOBFTKI5
    Media URN:
    VLVADLI5JTQ3VETLLEK5JDOBFTKI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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