This Traveltalks visit to Japan starts with a look at the country's cherry blossom trees, tulips, and ubiquitous gardens. We then see the proper manner for preparing a woman's hair and wearing a kimono.
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This MGM short, part of the James A. Fitzpatrick Travetalks series, takes us to Japan just as the cherry blossoms come into bloom. They also cultivate tulips and flower viewing is a major pastime. Japan is described as one large garden, not only of flowers and shrubs but also includes traditional rock gardens. Gardens are a work of art that often reflect the personality of the owner. A Japanese lady is shown having her hair dressed, an elaborate procedure that requires up to 2 hours to complete. Written by garykmcd

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21 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Floral Japan (1937)

*** (out of 4)

One of the better entries in the TravelTalks series takes us to Japan where the first few minutes take a look at the various flowers grown there. We see several different types and get to know their history but it's clear that the cherry blossom is the main viewing pleasure. After the look at the flowers we get to see the ladies of Japan and get to learn about certain ways of wearing their kimono and how their hair can tell you if they're single, married or widowed. As expected we get James A. FitzPatrick's wonderful narration to carry us through the film and the cinematography here is really top-notch. All of these shorts benefit from the Technicolor but this here more so than normal just because of all beautiful many of the flowers on display are. Certainly worth your 9-minutes if you come across it on TCM.


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