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.