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Through Japanese Eyes

Television (Full Length) – 1968

In 1968 eight Japanese teenagers won an art competition; their prize was a week long visit to the country they'd imagined on canvas. It's a busy itinerary — the students land in Wellington and take an obligatory cable car ride before visiting Parliament and the museum. The steamy wonderland of Rotorua is next, a dairy farm visit is a big success and Sir Edmund Hillary joins the teens for an authentic Kiwi barbeque. Shy smiles abound when one student meets her Kiwi pen pal for the first time. This is a rare example of a New Zealand television documentary from the 1960s.

This was how they'd come to New Zealand, through art, and here they were able to enjoy it to the full...
– Ian Johnstone on Japanese teenagers visiting Auckland University's Elam School of Fine Arts

Key Cast & Crew

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Ian Johnstone


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Margaret Newton

Director, Writer

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Cyril Townsend


Produced by

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation