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A grand funeral procession of rickshaws and a horse-drawn carriage flaunts the wealth and power of the deceased.
Non-Fiction 1904 1 mins Silent
Seated on pulled rickshaws, Buddhist monks lead the way, followed by the families of the deceased and other attendees. The ornate coffin is carried by ten men. Until the end of the Edo period (1603-1867), throughout Japan funeral processions took place only at night. As daytime processions became common in the Meiji period, the funerals of the affluent urban class became increasingly luxurious. The long, expensive processions came to be seen as an emblem of wealth. (Kosuke Fujiki)
Japan on Film
Documentary 1912 75 mins
Intense interest in Japan by the West made it a favourite destination for filmmakers from the earliest days of film. This selection of films from 1901 to 1913, newly restored by the BFI National Archive, takes us on a fascinating journey through Meiji Japan.
Interest film 1920 2 mins Silent
Upper-class Japanese ladies dress up for an open-air afternoon tea, to appreciate the shortlived cherry blossoms.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Performance 1913 6 mins Silent
Acrobats exhibit their physical agility and masterly skills with assorted spinning and balancing feats.
Travelogue 1911 7 mins Silent
A wild boat ride through the Hozu River’s white-water rapids, set against a beautifully coloured natural background.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
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