Millions of Japanese, sweltering in heat wave conditions, invaded swimming pools and beaches on Sunday (6 August) to escape the oppressive heat and high pollution levels in the city.
GV Deserted Tokyo streets (3 shots)
Long lines of traffic on express way.
AERIAL Vs Kamakura Beach ZOOM TO swimmers
Ditto crowds around beach entertainment
GV PAN People on beach and in water (3 shots)
TVs People in boats (2 shots)
GV & AERIAL Vs On Beach (2 shots)
GV & CU Sign on hotels (2 shots)
GV & MVs People in hotel pool (2 shots)
GV & SV People sunbathing and in water (3 shots)
MV ZOOM BACK Girl down slide into pool
GVs & SVs Crowds in water, sunbathing, etc.(7 shots)
GV Clock tower and lookout ZOOM OUT TO LV Crowds at pool
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Background: Millions of Japanese, sweltering in heat wave conditions, invaded swimming pools and beaches on Sunday (6 August) to escape the oppressive heat and high pollution levels in the city.
It was virtually their last chance to swim at the seaside--from next week thousands of jelly fish move into the Pacific coastline beaches, while swells build up into dangerous surf, claiming dozens of lives each year.
Police estimated that more than ten per cent of the population of greater Tokyo crowded beaches and swimming pools. There were one-million people on Enoshima beach alone, while seventy-thousand people packed into swimming people at one complex in the city.
So crowded did some of the beaches become that late arrivals were unable to find any send on which to sunbathe.....they were forced to spend all of their time at the beach in the water.
For those with money, the first class hotels open their pools to local residents. But the cost can range up to more than 200 dollars (82 pounds sterling) for a season's ticket--or about eight dollars (32 1/2 pounds) a day per person.
SYNOPSIS: Central Tokyo--baking after a nine-day heat wave--was all but deserted as city residents sought relief from heat and pollution at nearby beaches. Getting there was something of a problem--everybody had the same idea and expressways were snarled tight with traffic.
Tokyo has suffered nine days of continuous heat-wave conditions during which pollution levels have risen, and have remained high.For these people, the trip hare was as much to escape the pollution, as the heat.
For those not prepared to make the stifling journey to crowded beaches, the alternative wasn't a great deal better. This is the Funabashi Health Centre complex. Here alone, seventy-thousand people rubbed shoulders. New swimming pools open continuously, but appear to do little to ease the crush.
Latest reports say that more than one-hundred people drowned or are missing after the day's crush.