Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Teahouse of the August Moon Arrived

DVD, comedy

Good Two Hours of Laughter



Have no fear, I'm not going into the business of doing movie reviews.

Last year,  having visited the Juri-uma Parade in Naha, I tried to order this movie.

Many times people ask if, I've ever photographed the teahouse in Naha.

They claim, it was in this 1956 movie, which I had never seen.

Online, I tried ordering through Amazon and, they were out of stock.

DVD cover, Teahouse of the August Moon

Gearing up for the festivities in Tsuji, again this year, I went to Amazon once more.

And, Bingo -- For the price of a few beers, the DVD came through.

Picturing Marlon Brando, as any kind of Asian, is a bit difficult but, he is hilarious.

The rest of the actors, playing roles of US military officers, are most excellent.

They act like something which rhymes with pampas grasses.

We still see a lot of them, proudly serving their country, over here, today.

Pampas grasses.

The Movie was not Filmed in Okinawa





Eleven acres of land were used for movie set and Tea House of the August Moon.

The location: Nara, Japan

The Teahouse of the August Moon in the Tsuji district of Naha, Okinawa wasn't in the movie.

concrete dragon, teahouse location

Anyone interested in finding the location of the impostor teahouse, should go here.

When composing this shot of a concrete dragon, I was standing right on the spot.

Looking at a friends photos from way back, I found it.

The Teahouse of the August Moon, in Tsuji, was right over this piece of ground.

Visit Remembering Okinawa to see more of old Naha.


Kim said...

I liked the movie when I first saw it many years ago. It was required viewing in our family due to the fact that I am a distant cousin of Marlon. His Mother Dottie Pennebaker and I are related.
Regardless, I didn't know about the place in Nara. I did know about the Teahouse in Tsuji, but have never visited.
I learn much from your escapades.

RyukyuMike said...

Thanks for commenting and, I'm glad, you enjoy the escapades.

Doc said...

Wow, stood at that exact spot and didn't even know the significance of it! You learn something new every day!

RyukyuMike said...

Doc, Next, some rooftop photography, to put together the next Then and Now.