The Kites of Japan at the Berkeley Kite Festival
Highlighting this year’s festival is a delegation from the Sode-cho Kite-Flying Society of Hamamatsu, Japan. Their traditional “Machijirushi“ kites are indigenous to Hamamatsu and are made from fine paper and bamboo. You’ll meet Japan’s master kite builders and be astounded by their centuries-old traditional kite designs. The Kite Society, Local organizers from Tako Age and the Berkeley Kite Festival are honored to have president of the Japan Kite Association, Masaaki Modegi joining the 2010 delegation to the Berkeley Kite Festival.
The kites of Hamamatsu form the center of the city’s annual Matsuri (Festival), in which 170 teams compete in fiercely-contested battles. While the origins of Hamamatsu’s kite traditions date back 448 years, full-scale battles began in 1887.
The Kites of Hamamatsu at our BKF are Made Possible by
The International Association of Tako Age
Please visit their website @ Takoageusa.org
It is only through the tireless efforts of team leaders Naoki Kaku, Shoko Toma that the Kites of Hamamatus have become such a special part of our Berkeley Kite Festival.