• Short Summary

    A visit to London's only traditional Japanese restaurant in 1968, plus the delights of origami and Bonsai trees.

  • Description


    Various shots of a Japanese woman in traditional dress of kimono walking along a street and going into the building of Japan Air Lines. Inside, she shows an English dolly-bird the art of origami by making a paper bird from a square of yellow paper.

    In the kitchen of a Japanese restaurant (the Hiroko, London's only traditional Japanese restaurant at this time) a chef puts a dove made from sweet potato onto a plate of flowers made of radishes and carrots. In another part of the kitchen, a groovy young Japanese man prepares sushi. On a small platform in the restaurant a woman in traditional dress does a Japanese fan dance. Various shots of two young Japanese couples around a low table, eating with chopsticks.

    An English couple arrive at the restaurant, taking off their shoes before entering; they eat prawns and nibbles / hors d'oeuvres from the sweet potato dove plate with chop sticks then are brought some saki to drink. In the kitchen, sukiyaki is prepared, then cooked on a hot plate before the English diners several shots of them eating and watching another fan dance.

    Various shots of Bonsai trees being tended in a garden by members of London's Japan Society as commentator explains the trees are kept to their miniature size by careful cultivation - rather cruel, in my opinion! Some young branches have weights hung on them and are wired so they twist and resemble the gnarled branches of a full-sized tree.

    Note: there are some notes on file on some of the footage in this story. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:23:00 / 01:58:10:00
    CP 692

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