Japanese army officers examining foreign military equipment. A Japanese worker employing electric drill developed in a Western country. The Japanese freighter, Tatsuno Maru, loading scrap iron at a port in the United States. Other Japanese freighters loading coal and oil for shipment back to Japan. View of the Washington Naval Conference in Memorial Continental Hall, Washington, DC, held in 1921-22 and again in 1927 and 1930, to deal with several lingering issues. Glimpse of Japanese people holding flags while gathered near the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Glimpse of Japanese army troops on parade. Japanese Navy warships at sea. A fleet of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers and Nakajima Ki-27 pursuit planes, parked on an airfield. A loose formation of Ki-27s airborne. Animated map illustrates Japanese fortification of Mariana, Caroline, and Marshall islands in the Pacific. Animated map illustrating China's greater size and population vis-a-vis Japan. Animated map illustrating Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931. New York Times newspaper with headline "Japs Seize Manchuria" hovers over fires burning in Manchuria. Other newspaper headlines reporting on Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia; the Spanish civil war; surrender of Czechoslovakia; invasion of Poland; Nazi assaults on France, Belgium, and the Netherlands; the London Blitz; and Nazi advances against Russia on the Eastern Front. Fnally, a Boston Hearald extra edition headline reports: "Pearl Harbor Bombed." A still photograph of Japanese Baron Tanaka Giichi (on left) with two other dignitaries, circa 1929. Japanese infantry streaming into Manchuria and then celebrating as they walk into local town. A busy street in a Chinese city. Japanese soldiers in Manchuria escorting local prisoners along a street. Animated map illustrating Japananese warships surrounding harbor of Shanghai, China. View from a Japanese ship bombarding Shanghai. Smoke rising from shell striking on Shanghai waterfront. View from land of severely damaged buildings on a street, and a shell exploding in background, as Chinese defenders move to successfully repel the Japanese forces. New map illustrates subsequent Japanese move, annexing Jehol, from occupied Manchukuo, and Korea. Japanese troops entering a town in Jehol. Sun newspaper headline: "League Censures Japan." Chinese diplomat protesting at League of Nations. Japanese troops exiting railroad trains in Jehol. Aisin Gioro Puyi aka Henry Pu Yi, Kangde Emperor (Kang-te Emperor) of the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo, is seen saluting Japanese troops on parade. Closeup of Puyi wearing shaded glasses, looking directly into the camera. chiang Kai-shek, with other Chinese officers. Reenactment of barbarian forces riding against China and thwarted by the Great Wall. Many Chinese walking in a long line along the Great Wall. Map tracing the Great Wall across China. Aerial view of the Great Wall from overflying airplane. Japanese troops marching through a city gate; infantry climbing a sheer cliff; and helmeted Japanese soldiers marching past civilians in a city. Map illustrated progress of Chinese unification by year 1937. Japanese officers conferring during occupation. Japanese troops leave a barracks, riding in open trucks. A line of the troop trucks moving along the dirt street of a town. The troops climb from their trucks in the town.
Views of Japanese Emperor and Empress, somewhat out of sequence. Members of public, men, Women and children, wearing special tags,are assembled,and seated on the ground along a roadway outside the Yasukuni Shrine, in Japan. Several uniformed guards wearing white arm bands, stand amongst them. Several uniformed motorcyclists lead a Mercedes-Benz Nurburg 770 limousine and others follow it as it passes along the road.The Imperial chrysanthemum seal is displayed on the rear door, and it appears to carry only one passenger. Chrysanthemum flags fly from wooden archway over the road. The front of a 1937 Packard automobile can be seen parked along with other cars on parallel auxiliary road. Across the road, uniformed Japanese officers stand in formation. Emperor Hirohito, in military uniform, descends steps of Yasukuni Shrine toward waiting automobile. A canopy over the steps displays chrysanthemum symbols and a banner with the symbol hangs from overhead. Scene shifts to gateway of the shrine, where soldiers salute and seated spectators bow as Grand (Grosser) Type 770 Mercedes-Benz limousine, bearing the Imperial Japanese chrysanthemum seal, passes under gateway arch, followed by motorcyclist escorts. The Emperor is seen seated in back seat with the Empress facing him, riding backwards. View of rooftop device on Yasukuni Shrine building. Change of scene, as Empress Kojun, dressed all in white, descends Yasukuni Shrine steps . A streamer flies in breeze.
Opening scene shows formation of Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers in flight. View of bombardier at bomb sight inside a bomber. Bombs falling from the aircraft, upon the Chinese city of Shanghai, on a day in September, 1937. Ground level view of bomb exploding and Chinese civilians running for cover. A huge explosion throwing earth up. Aerial view of smoke rising from bomb strikes below. More ground views of bombs destroying structures. Chinese people fleeing across a bridge. Cluster of bombs falling from a Japanese airplane. More explosions and destruction. view from a G3M bomber, of others with bombs falling from them. View from above of civilians filling a street as they run for shelter. People on the ground rushing in all directions. Some are in horse-drawn carriages with luggage on top and other in rickshaws, apparently fleeing the city altogether. Bombing victims lying on the ground near destroyed structures. Heavy dark smoke rising from the attacks. Scene shifts to Japanese army officers entering the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo. Behind them is A Shinto Tori (Gate) and behind that, the monument (statue) of Omura Masujiro. Scene shifts again, to view of the Temple of Heaven, an ancient Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Peking (Beijing) China. Chinese agriculture. Crowds of Chinese people. Stone statue of traditional Chinese lion. Picture of 1851 oil-on-canvas painting by the German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, of Washington crossing the Delaware. Drawing of 15th century ship similar to one in Columbus'1492 voyage to America. Drawing of Roman Empire era building. Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Drawing of ancient Egyptian pyramid and statue. Drawing of Chinese city and environs representing 4 thousand years ago. Extant ancient Chinese shrines and statues. Animated Relief map of China and surrounding countries of U.S.S.R., India,Burma,Thailand, Indo-China, Philippines, and Japan. Animation outlines China Proper. It also shows Manchuria and scenes from there of desolate mountainous land, with miners at work extracting raw materials. Mongolia and Sinkiang are outlined. The Gobi desert is seen with a long camel caravan crossing it. Closeup of nomads transporting animal skins by camel. The last region outlined is Tibet. The ice covered Himalayan mountains are shown. Buddhist monks praying in the courtyard of a shrine in Tibet. The Yellow, Si Kiang, and Yangtze Rivers are shown on the map. Views of Chinese sailing vessels.
Panoramic views of Japanese cities before World War II. A Japanese boy at home. A volcanic eruption is shown in progress. Japanese firefighters on a ridge survey a massive wildfire burning forest area. Damage after earthquakes and floods. View of a flooded Japanese town. 33rd Prime Minister of Japan, Senjuro Hayashi, exits a car and is surrounded by other officials. A crowd assembled on the street. Japanese modern buildings seen across water view in Tokyo. The Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The exteriors of several downtown buildings in Tokyo before World War II.
Tourist spots in Tokyo-City, Japan. Western tourists visit interesting places, Asakusa District Asakusa-Ward (Downtown of Tokyo-City). Exterior of Matsuya Department Store Building, Views over Asakusa and Honjo-Ward from the top of Matsuya Department Store, Sumida River and the vehicles on the Kototoi-Bridge over Sumida River of Asakusa Ave., the facilities (chimneys and building) of Dainihon Beer Company along Sumida River in the background. Sensouji-Temple (buddhist temple) with the five story pagoda also visible. The Kototoi-Bridge over Sumida River, the tagboat going down Sumida River and the rope way on the top of Matsuya Department Store. Tourists taking a walk in the Sumida Park at the riverside and boating under the truss bridge of Tobu Railway in Sumida River.
Japanese civilians at a zoo in Tokyo, Japan. People walk inside the zoo. A woman and a child sit on a bench. Children enjoy in the zoo. They watch the animals.