Documentary on status of women in Japan. Contrasts progressive efforts to past practices affecting lives of women.
Japan Date:1950 Duration:5 min 35 sec Sound:Yes
Documentary on the status of women in Japan. It begins with a group of "progressive" women working to improve women's lot. Images of Meiji statesmen Fukuzawa Yukichi and Mori Arinori are shown with comment that they recognized the importance of women and worked towards their equality. The narrator states that in spite of their efforts, attitudes towards women were slow to change. The narrator cites centuries of repression of women as a reason for this. (In the Nara period, however, songs from the anthology called the Manyoshu, indicate men and women had a more equal relationship, which is illustrated by a couple relaxing in a park, while girls dance in the background.) With that exception, women are shown to have had generally difficult lives in the past. scenes of women being supressed are reenacted, such as one where a man eats dinner while his wife sits quietly behind him. Another shows a woman being scolded by her husband. A woman pulling a heavily laden cart up a hill. Women bowing low while a Samurai passes them.
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