Chikaramochi and Kakunori are the names of traditional rice bag and timber contests performed by stevedores and timber workers in Tokyo.
SV Girls beat drums.
CV Girl beats drum.
SV Man throws 140-lb rice bag to another who catches and twirls.
SV Strong man balances bag and carries it off.
SV Man throws rice bag to another who catches in on top of wooden prop, and balances.
SV Strong man supports five men on his back.
CV Man lies prone supporting 1000-lbs rice bags on his stomach.
SV Tilt from man on back to other men pounding rice in mortar, atop.
SV Tilt from men pounding, to man below supporting.
CV Prone man.
SV Men pounding.
SV Prone man supporting.
SV Exponent assisted along....
SV ....and twirls a bag of rice to show strength.
LV Spectators on bridge by riverside.
GV Timber riders roll logs with feet.
MV A timber rider.
MV Tilt up to timber rider on ladder.
SV PAN..Men support base of ladder.
SV Man balancing top of ladder.
SV Man rides timber, supporting another on his shoulders.
SV Timber rider with umbrella.
CV Timber rider's feet, panning to face.
SV 'Sedan chair' effect by two men 'bearers'.
GV Team of four timber riders.
Initials BA/PB JF/PB
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Background: 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.