Northern Japan guide

Accession Number F04955
Collection type Film
Measurement 15 min 39 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/colour (Kodachrome)/silent
Maker O'Brien, John William Alexander
Place made Japan
Date made c 1948
Access Open
Conflict British Commonwealth Occupation Force, 1946-1952 (Japan)

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A home movie taken by Brigadier (Brig) John O'Brien. Brig O'Brien served as the Leader of the Australian Scientific Mission to Japan 1945-1946 and Chief of the Scientific and Technical Division Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) HQ Tokyo 1946-1951. Title: 'Northern Japan guide'. Steam Locomotive and carriages at railway station possibly Sendai. 'Allied Forces Philadelphia' on the sides of the carriage - Japanese cooks leaning out of carriage window. Sign on pole reads 'This is Sendai'. Street scenes horse towing carts. Japanese castle and blossoms. Japanese school children and mothers. a Temple. Sign 'International Latitude Observatory' Brigadier O'Brien with Japanese man standing infront of the sign posing for the camera.' Brig O'Brien looking through a telescope. Title: 'Hokkadio: the outpost isle'. 'Hokkaido the route'. Shows map of Hokkaido and route taken marked. 'Hokkaido' train ferry. Shows four funnel ferry and tugs manoeuvring ferry. Railway ramp for carriages to embark on ferry. Sapporo, market scenes. Woman holds up octopus. Street scene. Flowers. Man sawing wood. Japanese children. Title 'Rumoi the herring port'. Group of women dressed in Kimonos pose for camera. Ainu women dancers. European men examine a large crab at the railway station. Horse drawn car [body of a motorcar mounted on a wagon]. Kobaridetsu railway station. Brig O'Brien walks to camera. Long shot of railway. Active volcano. Muroran, steel city of the north. Long shot panorama of harbour, many ships in harbour. Various scenes of the Muroran steelworks. Japanese women shovel coal. Title: 'Sobetsu the mountain that grew' . Shows mountain and Japanese men posing in front of mountain. Title: 'Akita oil fields of Japan' Shows oil rigs. Oil drill and riggers at work. Brig O'Brien examining oil drill bits. More shots of the rigs. Japanese women pose in Kimonos. Women dancers and musicans. Title: 'Return to Tokyo'.

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