I bought Tsutomu Hiroi's book 'Kites: Sculpting the Sky' (1978) for a couple bucks off Amazon. All the info I could find on him is his birth year (1925) and a website that states his book "... is one of the first to take kites seriously as art objects. Both sculptor and teacher, Hiroi writes about the tradition of Japanese kites, yet his own kites are flying sculptures made in modern materials. Hiroi is one of the original founders of the Japan Kite Association". -drachen.org
He signed this book in 1979, which came with pamphlets about Washington kite events. I wonder if he did a book signing in Washington, or someone ran into him at a festival? I can upload the pamphlets if anyone is curious.
Can anyone translate what he wrote in this book?
Does anyone have any info on Tsutomu?
I hope all of you enjoyed 2016 thus far. We have a lot to look forward to in 2017. This month will bring very little wind and lots of sunshine. More content is on the way.
Here is a 4k version of the instagram video:
Once or twice a month the winds will be enough to break out the B2 Mid vent, Thanksgiving weather was ideal. Arizona is great for winter flying. The dandelions are racing through the skies.
Click here for a 4K version of the Instagram video:
Today provided great rain (0.05 in), cool air (65 F), and a bit of wind (6-22 MPH).
Kite control is coming more naturally.
The next step is to tame arm movement.
The zooming in and out edits on this video make me a bit dizzy. Does anyone else experience this?
(This video is only view-able through this blog entry, or by sharing this link: https://youtu.be/2-WtSRIEUU0 )
Flying has brought nothing but joy and inspiration in the past year. Tracking the weather while outdoors is good for the spirit.
The November sun brings plenty of heat to the valley. We wait for the skies to send a few good breezes.
Fall weather in PHX - 96 F / 72 F with very little wind.
B series standard is great for these conditions.
Progress is slow and steady.
Next step is leading with the brakes.
Nothing but great weather for the next 7 months.
Today was hot, 118 F with 5-7 mph gusts.
Phone survived 10 minutes of recording.
First solo session with this Rev.
This whole week will be 115F.
Wear wet clothing if you fly in these conditions.
Kite: 2002 Rev 1.5M standard vent (Aqua, Raspberry, Blue, Mylar, Black, White) http://bit.ly/28Iw5ae
Progress has been slow.
Flying from the center panel has been my main focus for the past couple of weeks.
Line equalization prior to each flight is now a must.
110+ F days for the next 4 months.
The next step is learning some fundamental drills.
(video has been removed due to a copywrite claim on the music, here is a version with no music)
I tried everything you have mentioned in the earlier post, John. I really appreciate your advice and have been flying every day there is wind. I am putting together a video to display the small progress I have made. In the mean time enjoy this catch and throw from today.
While driving down the freeway I spotted someone flying a Revolution kite at Riverview Park. I had to stop to meet this person. His name is Geoff, he purchased his first quad line kite after seeing my "First Flight" video on youtube. Geoff drove to Riverview Park in hopes of running into me, using his kite as a signal in the sky. We have kept in touch for a few months and in that time he made his own kite! We are putting together measurements for new kite designs. An Arizona kite making community is born. 2016 is going to be a great year!