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  • Short Summary

    Japanese sailors sumo wrestling and fencing on ship.

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    Interesting wrestling. Location of events unknown.

    Interesting Wrestling and Fencing display on a Japanese Battleship. c. 1920. First; wrestling: the mat or ring in FG; with Japanese sailors crowded around watching; and more of them sitting on steps leading up to upper deck. Other wrestlers sit cross legged around edge of mat. The sumo wrestlers wear a loincloth over skin-tight shorts combo. Each pair comes out dancing and jumping around trying to get a hold on each other.

    One must throw the other or push him down -- which they do sometimes by grabbing hold of the knot of the loincloth; tied in back. Laughter and cheering from spectators. Same setting; but event changed to Kendo--Japanese martial art fencing sport. The competitors wear masks; protective vests tied on; and big loose pants that almost look like skirts. Their weapons are bamboo poles; covered with leather; which they grip with both hands and swing at each other; sometimes whacking the poles together as in fencing.

    Skill; fight; Military; Japanese Navy. Martial arts.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1914 - 1918
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:21:00 / 01:02:18:00
    ON 116 E

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