I found an interesting article today in India’s Buiness Standard news paper. The article discusses the impact and demand for Chinese made kites in India and it’s affect on the traditional kite market. It’s interesting to read how the local makers and retailers feel that the Chinese kites with cartoon characters are superior to the kites made in the traditional styles using paper and bamboo. Since we have had these types of kites here for many many years it seems to me that most people shy away from the cartoonish kites and want something that’s more traditional. I suppose a family who is out for the day flying kites wouldn’t really care much if the kite was made from plastic and had cartoon characters on it. But for my money I would much rather have a traditional Indian fighter than a Chinese mass produced plastic sponge Bob kite.
Business Standard writes
Chinese products are all set to push the dotted skyline further this Uttarayan, roping in a staggering 20 per cent of the total market share, according to market sources.
It is tough to estimate exact figures since it is an unorganised sector.
“The market in Gujarat is worth Rs 4-5 crores for the kite sector. It is true that after the international kite festival Chinese players have marked a strong presence in the Gujarat markets.” said Kirti Thaker, manager of Fairs and Festivals, Gujarat Tourism.
Chinese kites stir up a storm
Modegi caught unaware -
(photo from GKPI inc)
Here is an interesting article about another one of Peter Lynn’s giant flag kites. This time Masaaki Modegi, head of the Japanese Kite Association, attempts to fly his newly aquired kite on Jan 8 and 9th in Japan.
I met Modegi for the first time at the Toronto Kite Festival in 2004. It was my first time as a flyer at an international event and I was excited to meet other fliers from around the World. Once Modegi found out I was from Nova Scotia he was very interested to know about the Alexander Graham Bell museum in Baddeck and the Kites on display there. Modegi runs the Japanese kite museum and I think he longs to get in the back room of the AGB museum just to see what he can find. From that point forward everytime Modegi would see me on the field he would exclaim in a deep Japanese accent “NOVA SCOTIA”. What a character!
The Daily Yomiuri writes
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japan Kite Association will attempt to fly one of the world’s largest kites in the sky above Tokyo in January. The kite, measuring 25 by 40 meters for a total surface area of 1,000 square meters, is the same size as kites flown in Kuwait in March and in the United States in September.
“Japan has long tradition of kite-flying, which has been passed down for 1,000 years. We can’t look wistfully at [the other nations'] successful attempts [to fly giant kites],” said Masaaki Modegi, the 66-year-old head of the association based in Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
The kite the association plans to fly is of a kind called “futon-dako” for its structural resemblance to Japanese bedding. When fully inflated with wind, this type of kite, which does not have a bony framework, spreads out like a soft quilt.
Massive kite to blot out sun over Tokyo : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)
Check out this awesome animation of a Kite Aerial Photogrpahy session called “A Good Day”. This animation was created by fellow KAPer David Hunt.
Quote from David’s Website www.kaper.us
A year in the making stealing little bits of time here and there. I hope you enjoy this somewhat romanticized view of KAPing complete with soundtrack by David Morihiro through www.soundclick.com. (runtime 2:50)
Watch the animation here: A Good Day
Finally a news item that doesn’t involve a kite surfer getting hurt or worse….
Lauderdale, FL, December 2, 2005 – Team Turbo, the only all women’s team of over 100 international kiteboarding athletes and their support crews, has converged on Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week in preparation for the 2005 Bahamas Kite Race Crossing. Conditions look favorable for the race to start Friday December 2, 2005, however, organizers and participants have given themselves a window through December 11, 2005 for optimal weather. The race is a first and will cross the Gulf Stream from the East Coast of Florida to Bimini, passing through the Bermuda Triangle.
More info here…
EXTREME WOMEN KITEBOARDERS TO CROSS THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE – The Ring Media