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Boys fly kites in the "starting block" of the Soaring Kite sugoroku. Note the depiction of the climber in the game square above the starting block; line-climbers were commonly called "monkeys", like this one.

Drachen Archives: Japanese Prints

Scott Skinner has one of the most unique collections of Japanese prints in the world because of his focus on collecting prints with kite images.  This collection, however, does not have a corner on uniqueness, as we know of a Seattle collector of Japanese prints who collects only prints with images of cameras..  The point […]

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Issue 81: Kites… Life.

New kites to look out for… The SuperFly After working with Carl Robertshaw for many years, we’ve been wondering if “le petite phenom” Chris Goff would start producing his own high-end kites… Well, wonder no more! The SuperFly Teaser from ChrisGoffKites on Vimeo.     Per his website: After over 8 months of development and countless […]

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Issue 34: Book Review – Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett

Sam and Dad had made a kite. They’d made it large. They’d made it light. They went out on a windy day to see if they could fly it. Sam can’t wait to try out the new kite, but Dad says he’s too small – this kite needs someone bigger.  Dad launches the kite himself, […]

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Issue 34: Book Review – The Kite Festival by Leyla Torres

On Sunday morning, Fernando Flórez’s grandpa spreads out a map and asks him to close his eyes and pick out a destination at random.  By midmorning, Fernando, his parents, grandparents, and sister are in their station wagon and on the road to San Vicente.  When they arrive in the center of the little town, they […]

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