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Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (1936)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 21 March 1936 (USA)

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The symbolic role of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture is explored as well as the traditional Japanese religions of Shintoism, Confuciousism, and Buddhism.


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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The spiritual life of the Japanese people as epitomized by time of the year when the cherry tree blossoms is examined in this Technicolor travelogue. The harmony with which Japan's three traditional religions, Shintoism, Confuciusism, and Buddhism, co-exist and complement one another is also explored. Written by G. Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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22 March 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Cherry Blossom Time in Japan (1936)

*** (out of 4)

Beautiful entry in MGM's TravelTalks series takes us to Japan where we see some of their famous landmarks but the real treat are the various cherry blossoms (as the title tells you). We learn about Japan's three different religions and see some figures from each of them. We also see the three monkeys, which tells of see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil. Finally, we get to visit Mount Fujiyama but this trip is all too brief. Fans of the TravelTalks series know that the Technicolor is the main attraction and in some of the shorts its put to better use. This here is one of the best looking shorts I've seen from the series and it's because of the beautiful blossoms and how they jump right off the screen in the glorious color. I'm not one who enjoys flowers, trees, blossoms or anything like that so for it to impress me this much is saying quite a bit. We really don't get to learn too much about Japan but this is only because James A. FitzPatrick lets the images speak for themselves.

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