The Making of Japanese Kites: Tradition, Beauty and Creation

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Japan Publications Trading, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 112 pages
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In this informative, inspiring and comprehensive book, Masaaki Modegi, Chairman of The Japan Kite Association and Curator of the Tokyo Kite Museum, explores the fascinating history of kites and what they have meant to Japanese culture going back in time. Relying on the ample resources of the Museum and of the Kite Association, the book includes 50 color photographs, mostly of traditional kites of Japan, with a special focus on those of the Edo period, as well as kites of the world. In addition, Modegi discusses the many breathtaking kite-flying tournaments and festivals held around the country.

The instructional section begins with a chapter on materials and tools. Modegi explains why frames are mostly made of bamboo (its strong, flexible and lightweight) while the sails are usually fashioned out of handmade Japanese paper (washi), which is extraordinarily durable. Chapters on making kites offer instructions for five beginner-level, five intermediate-level and five advanced-level projects. The book concludes with a chapter on flying kites, an appendix, glossary and contact list.

The experience of making and flying a kite is exhilarating, enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world. This wonderful book will help both novice and experienced kite fliers enjoy it to the fullest.

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En este informativo, amplio y estimulante libro, Masaaki Modegi, Presidente de la Asociación de Barriletes de Japón y Curador del Museo de Barrriletes de Tokio, explora la fascinante historia de cometas y lo que han significado para la cultura japonesa.
Basándose en los amplios recursos del Museo y de la Asociación, el libro incluye 50 fotografías a color, en su mayoría de cometas tradicionales de Japón, con un enfoque especial en las del periodo Edo.
Posee una sección destinada a la construcción de los barriletes tradicionales de Japón: un capítulo sobre los materiales y herramientas; cinco planos de construcción para principiantes, cinco de nivel intermedio y cinco de nivel avanzado.


Traditional Japanese Kites 825
Kites from Other Parts of Japan
Selected Japanese Traditional Kites
Berabodako Jester Kite31
Aizu Tojindako Foreigner Kite of Aizu
Basic Steps
HD Surugadako Kite of Suruga Province
H Sodedako Fishermans Coat Kite
E Berabodako Jester Kite
LB Rokkakudako Hexagonal Kite
H Edo Kakudako Edo Rectangular Kite
Fukusukedako Fukusuke Kite
Dojindako Foreigner Kite
Making the Unari Sound Maker Using Bamboo

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About the author (2007)

MASAAKI MODEGI is the Chairman of The Japan Kite Association and Curator of the Tokyo Kite Museum. His interest in researching and collector kites was influenced by his father. He is also well-known as the owner of the Taimeiken restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo; he has appeared on many television cooking programs and been featured in numerous cooking-related publications in Japan.

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