A kite twists during a rescue effort in Shirone, Japan. One of some 200 kites made by 13 village teams, it will be intentionally destroyed in a five-day period of battle. The giants are built to tangle with opposing kites across a canal. Their ropes are then used for tugs-of-war between the villages. (See story on pages 20-22 .) Photograph courtesy the Shirone Giant Kite Battle Association.