US Soldiers Make Giant Kites in Japan

US Military - Japanese Giant Kites

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 kite.

Excerpts from the website:

CAMP ZAMA, Japan (May 9, 2012) — An annual traditional event in Japan that centers around the construction and flight of massive kites involved participation this year from more than 40 Soldiers and family members assigned here.

While constructing the kite, the 35th CSSB Soldiers and SGKPA members decided to paint the words “Ichidan” — or “One Team,” also the motto of U.S. Army Japan — and “Samurai” in Japanese characters on the kite’s paper body.