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  • Short Summary

    Story about Japanese women - their housework, their clothes and their pastimes.

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    "There's nothing elaborate about her sleeping arrangements - austere simplicity is the rule."

    A Japanese woman lies asleep in a room on a simple mattress. A friend opens the door to her room and wakes her up. The sliding door reveals a garden outside. The woman wraps a piece of fabric around her hair then begins to fold up her bedding. "Miss Nippon dusts in a Japanese jiffy." The two women sweep and dust the room. "Dressing is more exacting - she must wear a bow tied at the back, and shaped according to her age and social or business status - " M/S of the woman dressing in a kimono and arranging the large bow at the back.

    "Politeness is everything here." M/S of woman walking towards the camera in an ornamental garden. She meets another woman and they bow to each other. They then hold hands and walk off together. M/S of two Japanese women kneeling at a small low table. They play a game with small counters - possibly Mah Jong? M/S of five Japanese women playing string instruments whilst kneeling on the ground in a sunny room. "The Japanese are most musical - but they have their own ideas on the subject." M/S of woman playing an instrument - she is possibly a music teacher. M/S of the women playing in unison.

    Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 509.

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    Eve pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:07:00 / 01:02:19:00
    EP 207

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