• Short Summary

    The ancient martial arts of Japan were demonstrated in Tokyo as part of the "Adulthood Festival" on Tuesday (January 15).

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    GV Exterior hall where festival held
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    SV Signs on front of hall exterior
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    SV Japanese hall inside hall
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    SVU & Tilt up of martial arms costume display (3 shots)
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    SV President of meeting
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    SV Competitors at ceremony (2 shots)
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    SV Sumo wrestler walks forward & bows to festival president
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    SV 3 Competitors in traditional costume
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    GV Sword fight
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    GV Group of junior kendo contestants PB to GV of hall and other contestants
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    CU Contestants watching
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    Pan of junior kendo contestants putting on face guarca
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    CU Kendo rods PB to GV competitors kneeling then get up and walk forward (2)
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    CU Older contestant watching
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    GV Kendo contest commences GV spectators & GV contest
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    SV Kendo instructor & contestants remove armour (2)
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    SV Female spectators
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    GV Junior sumo doing warmups (3)
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    GV Junior battles adult wrestler, others watch more of sumo match (3)
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    SV Junior Kendo contestants bowing
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    GV Junior kendo contestants file out
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    GV Exterior hall
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    Initials SC/2032 SC/2132



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The ancient martial arts of Japan were demonstrated in Tokyo as part of the "Adulthood Festival" on Tuesday (January 15). The Adulthood Festival is a public holiday in Japan. It is the day when all those who become twenty years old during the year are declared to be adults.

    Most people simply relax on the holiday but there are some traditionalists who spend the day demonstrating the martial arts.

    In Tokyo's Budokan Hall, the Hall of the Martial Arts, about three hundred practitioners demonstrated various techniques of attack and defence. While the Japanese martial arts are growing in popularity in western nations, they are on the destine in their home country. Only a thousand spectators watched the demonstrations of Sumo (wrestling), traditional archery, judo, kendo, naginata, aikido, karate, and Samurai swordsmanship.

    Most traditional Japanese sports, including the martial arts, are designed to kill. So the trick in demonstrations is to avoid killing. This is done by concentration on poise, breathing, and the etiquette of the sport. Every gesture is carefully rehearsed according to centuries-old ritual. The sports are strongly in influenced by Zen Buddhism.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3VTXWGMWEQSQZGEKA8XB53IZR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3VTXWGMWEQSQZGEKA8XB53IZR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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