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US Military - Japanese Giant Kites

US Soldiers Make Giant Kites in Japan

More than 1 year after being delayed by last years tsunami disaster, members of the 35th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) participated in kite making traditions with the Sagami Giant Kite Preservation Association (SGKPA) at the 2012 Giant Kite Festival in Camp Zama, Japan… Together, they built and flew a 14.5 square meter traditional Japanese […]

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AKA Corner – March 2012

One year ago, northern Japan was devastated by earthquakes and a tsunami. To commemorate this event; the lives lost; and the strength of the survivors, our friends in the Japan Kite Association are asking that each and everyone take a few minutes on Sunday March 11 to fly a white kite. Please join in wherever […]

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Issue 77: Kites… Life.

Japan, kiting and disaster relief! 日本語バージョンはこちら While John usually writes this column, I felt moved to report on the recent events in Japan, particularly news from the kiting community there as it’s near and dear to my heart having moved from my home in Tokyo just one year and a half ago. We had just […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour Part 1 – Yes, We Can!

Mike Agner, Jim Martin, and Al Sparling were waiting for me at Narita Airport when I landed. I’d enjoyed an intense 36 hours at home — which was much better than the 12 originally scheduled. I’d driven Susie to Portland for her flights to Maryland. (More about that in a future Update). And then I’d […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour Pt 2 – Shi Tomodachi

Shi means “four” in Japanese. And tomodachi are “friends”. After a week sleeping on futons in the same room, Al, Mike, Jim and I were pretty tomodachi! On the top floor are the JKA offices and the famed Japan Kite Museum. I think Jim was most impressed with the collection of miniature kites. Mike was […]

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Issue 72: Dave’s World – Japan Tour pt 3 – Kite Frenzy in Hamamatsu

Wah-shoi! Wah-shoi! — the chanting is everywhere!! You hear it on the festival field, in the street parades and at neighborhood parities. The chanting is accompanied by the undulating and repetitive pounding of the kite music blasted by hundreds of drums, bugles and whistles. Soon you begin to hear it in your dreams. Hamamatu is […]

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Issue 67: Drachen Archives – Three Ferries, Plus One

Sitting on the ferry that travels from the Danish island of Fano, back to mainland Denmark, it was time to reflect on a few items in my kite collection that are not kites.  Common in every kite culture are line-travelers, or ferries, that travel from the kite-flyer’s hand, up to the flying kite, and then […]

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Issue 66: 内灘世界の凧の祭典

– Click here to read this report in English – 英語はこちら 5月2日から5月5日にかけて、 私たちは内灘世界の凧の祭典(石川県内灘町)、 浜松まつり凧揚げ合戦(静岡県浜松市)に参加してまいりました。 5月2日、 ジョンと私は羽田空港から茂出木雅章JKA会長、JKAメンバー、 そして海外招待選手であるジョージピータス氏 (USA)、 ジョン&カレンブルクハート氏 (USA) 、クライドクック氏(ニュージーランド)と共に石川県へ向かいました。 その夜、JKA金沢支部事務局である法桑氏の寿司屋 (のり好) にて歓迎会が行われましたが、 料理、 日本酒、 会話、 人々、 どれをとっても本当に最高級のものでした。 特に食事は素晴らしく、 日本人である私でさえもめったに食べることのできない豪華なものでした。 また、法桑氏は今回の祭典のために髪の毛を「凧」の形に刈り込み、 人々はその姿に拍手喝采でした。 ジョージ氏は歓談中に人々の様子を繊細なタッチでスケッチし、 そのスケッチは茂出木会長にプレゼントされました。 大会初日、天候は良好。 日本全国からカイト愛好者が集い、 フィールドでは凧や食べ物の販売も行われ、 人々は一日中内灘海岸での時間を楽しむことができます。 また、 スポンサーである石川テレビによるクレーンや複数台のカメラを使った取材も丹念に行われ、 多くのフライヤーが取材を受けていました。 朝早くから午前中から正午にかけては心地よい南風が吹きましたが、 午後からは若干弱くなってしまいました。 その日は学校対抗による子どもたちの凧あげ大会の他、 スポーツカイト日本海チャレンジ・個人競技が行われました。 午後からの弱風はフライヤーを苦しませたようですが、 すべてのフライヤーはフライトを心から楽しんでいました。 その夜、 内灘町が主催する歓迎レセプションが行われ、 和太鼓や鳥凧、JBのインドアフライトといったデモンストレーションが参加者を楽しませました。 また、 海外招待選手の紹介では私までステージ上にとお声をいただき、 ごあいさつをさせていただきました。 会場の皆さまから私たちの婚約についてお祝いの言葉とたくさんの拍手をいただき、 […]

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Issue 66: Uchinada Kite Festival

– Click here to read this report in Japanese – 日本語はこちら Meeting up with George Peters, Jon /Karen Burkhardt, Clyde Cook, a few member of the Japan Kite Association (JKA), and Masaaki Modegi (president of JKA) at the Haneda Airport (Tokyo), JB and I were on our way to participate in the 21st annual World […]

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Issue 66: Hamamatsu Kite Festival

– Click here to read this report in Japanese – 日本語はこちら The Hamamatsu Festival, held annually from May 3rd – 5th in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, is one of Japan’s leading festivals and attracts approximately 2 million people each year. For the three days of the festival the city is filled with excitement as a host of […]

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