Created by Tetsuya Kishida
Edo kites are said to have started in Edo Period (1603 – 1868) in Tokyo when ukiyo-e was at its prime. They feature stunning graphic designs of amazingly dynamic impact, in themes typically having to do with stalwart warriors or symbols of good luck.
There are other regions, such as Niigata, Aomori, Aichi, in Japan famous for their kites that have special features to the region, but Edo kites have a unique structural characteristic of making “howling” sound when flown which other kites do not have. You need to fly the kite to find out!
All of the Edo kites illustrated here are hand painted onto a Japanese paper or washi by a veteran kitemaker, Tetsuya Kishida and constructed by himself. His policy is to create Edo kites that are graphically stunning and that it should fly high in elegance.
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