The Japanese Imperial Navy fleet in review, attended by Emperor Hirohito
Tokyo Japan Date:1939 Duration:2 min 45 sec Sound:Yes
Emperor Hirohito visits the Yokosuka Naval Base. Soft background music of orchestra playing "Kimi ga Yo," the Japanese national anthem, is heard during this segment of the film showing Emperor Hirohito in formal attire, including top hat, as he walks following the Japanese rising sun flag, in the company of Japanese naval officers, past an honor guard of Japanese sailors. (Civilians stand against building in background.) At one point, the officers and the Emperor turn, bow, and salute, and the the Emperor removes his top hat . He then carries it as they proceed. The group walks down a gangplank to a dock. The harbor is filled with steamships and various vessels. Momentary glimpse of the Kongō class fast battleship Hiei anchored in the harbor. The Emperor and party board a motor launch flying the rising sun naval ensign. They stand as it pulls away into Tokyo harbor. Brief partial glimpse of the aircraft carrier Hōshō showing the three funnels on her starboard side. The motor launch seen headed toward the battleship. Closeup of Japanese naval ensign waving from a ship. Aerial view from an airship of Japanese warships in water below and then views from water level. Formation of Kongō class Battle cruisers that were rebuilt as fast battleships. They are cruising with all hands on deck, as if in a naval review. The are followed by an aircraft carrier, in the background. One of the battleships firing her 14-inch guns. Three Hatsuharu-class destroyers in formation. A Fubuki-class destroyer passing at high speed. A Nagara-class light cruiser moving the opposite direction in the background. Warships firing their heavy guns. Others generationg heavy black smoke screens as they cruise at full power. A Yokosuka K4Y float plane flying over the navy ships. Formation of Navy Yokosuka B4Y (or Aichi D1A) biwing dive bombers in flight. Camera pans over many naval vessels in the water. Segment ends with the Japanese naval ensign in the breeze, again. Following the segment with Emperor Hirohito, and the national anthem, the remainder of the film is accompanied by male chorus singing martial songs and brass band music.
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