JAPANESE GOODS ON DISPLAY – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 126
A visit to Brown Thomas’ sumptuous department store where a range of beautiful and unusual Japanese trinkets, toys and other goods are on display.
In 1961, it wasn’t uncommon in Ireland for many ordinary household items to be manufactured in Japan. However, this exhibition showcased goods which demonstrated the beauty of Japanese artistry in more delicate wares such as painted ceramics, traditionally-dressed dolls and intricate ornaments. This newsreel story shows the exhibition in Brown Thomas, Dublin’s most elegant and expensive department store, when it was located across the road from its current location (formerly Switzer’s) in the premises now occupied by Marks and Spencer.
The relationship between Ireland and Japan developed over the following years and in 1964 the Embassy of Japan opened in Dublin.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann (A View of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition.
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With kind permission of Gael Linn.