Princess Alexandra takes part in tea ceremony by Geishas and visits Pearl Island. Japan.
Item title reads - Princess tours Japan.
Princess Alexandra tours Japan and takes part in a tea ceremony.
L/S of people walking towards the temples at Nara. Various shots of the ancient temples, Princess Alexandra walks along with the Buddhist priests, people wave and crowd around as she walks through. The crowd wave Japanese flags, one elderly man has Union Jack. Children smile and wave. Camera pans down oldest Buddhist temple. Children stand around, C/U of a little girl looking solemn. L/S as the party walks around the outside of the temples.
Good M/S of two Geisha girls in garden walking in front of misty lake and trees in Kyoto. The Princess walks along and takes part in traditional tea ceremony at the Cento (?) palace. Various shots of the Geisha girls giggling and bowing, various shots of the ceremony as the tea is poured out in ritual. Various shots as she drinks it and compliments them. C/U of one girl. M/S of three Geisha girls in traditional make-up. C/U of one under her umbrella. Lovely shot of two swans swimming down the river with the bridge in the background. Princess Alexandra walks across the bridge under an umbrella. M/S of rain on the lake. Various shots of the Geisha girls including good C/U's. Various shots as they dance with their fans for the Princess.
L/S of Pearl Island. M/S of sign reading 'Mikimoto Pearl Island', this is where pearls are cultivated. The Princess sails across and goes ashore. Various shots of girls walking along with their baskets, they get on boats. The Princess watches as they dive in for the oysters. M/S pile of oysters, a woman opens an oyster and takes out the pearl. M/S of hundreds of pearls being poured out of a bag and spread on the table. Good shots of the pearl divers smiling and holding the Princess's arms in affectionate way, she looks amused.