Title ID 1168Collection ID73
Title[Parades in Japan]
Date[ca. 1937?]
CollectionRichard Martin
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeTravel Wartime and Military
KeywordsArmed Forces Children Ethnic Groups Family Parades Play Travel Urban Areas
NationalJapan Asia
ProductionRichard Martin
CameraRichard Martin
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration17 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of amateur home movie material filmed in Japan. The film-maker records family, who appear to include Japanese toddlers and military and civilian parades through urban streets.


The film opens with footage of a white man dressed in police uniform (?) playing with dogs in a garden. A large number of children have snowball fights in a park. A Female Japanese toddler is filmed playing in the garden and on the veranda of a house. She rides a bicycle with stabilizers and is seen eating food from a bowl using a spoon. She is joined by two other girls and a white man playing harmonicas on the veranda. There is also footage of a Japanese baby being bathed. A group of white adults are filmed having a meal and playing skittles and bowls - they later pose for a group photograph.

The kilted members of a marching band lead several regiments in a parade, crossing a bridge in an urban setting. Army and navy regiments parade besides a river. The marching bands perform to the crowds at a racecourse. The film ends with images of Japanese citizens marching with banners through the streets where they are controlled by the police and of Japanese women dressed in kimonos arriving at temple.


A still from [Parades, In Japan] (1937?) showing women in traditional Japanese dress