Friday, March 6th: The Chaplin party arrives in Yokohama, Japan.
Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, her mother, Alta, and Chaplin’s valet Frank Yonemori, arrived from Honolulu aboard the SS President Coolidge. The group immediately took a train to Tokyo where they are shown engaging in three of Chaplin’s favorite activities from his previous trip to Japan (with brother Sydney) in 1932: eating tempura (deep fried prawns),* attending a kabuki theater performance, and watching the sumo wrestling matches.
The Chaplin party will return to Japan once more at the end of May before heading home to California.
Above: The group eating tempura in a Tokyo restaurant (the date on the video is wrong).
The Chaplin entourage will sail for Shanghai the next day, arriving on the 9th. More on that coming up in “Day By Day: 1936“.