Magoji-dako (Magoji Kites) 〈Kites’ House Magoji〉 Fukuoka

These kites are originated from the one that Magoji in Fukuoka made for himself to play with in the late Meiji period, and it became famous for flying very high in the sky and was named “Magoji-dako” after his name. The cicada kites are particularly well-known and famous with their vivid colors. Naturally-dried thinned bamboo sticks are used for the frames, and a rough sketch is drawn with Chinese ink prior to coloring with natural food colorings on handmade washi paper. The technique is now succeeded by his grand-son and his wife.

Nagasaki-dako (Nagasaki Kites) 〈Ohmoriya〉 Nagasaki

A kite is called “Hata” in Nagasaki and has been its culture for almost 400 years since the Edo period. Flying a kite seems to be a new year leisure, but in Nagasaki, they fly kites in March through May in the spring wind high in the sky for kite fighting. These well-flying kites bring you good luck. The designs are created with cut-out washi paper colored in three different colors of red, indigo blue, and black. As Nagasaki is a port town, many kites with simple patterns designed after the Holland ensign and signal flags can be found, and the many different designs represent the character of Nagasaki. *These kites are made for display only, not for flying.

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