The Japanese Kite Group
Masaaki Modegi overtook The Japan Kite Association, as well as, the Tokyo Kite Museum from his father. He has participated in all kinds of kite festivals to show Japanese kites all over the globe. The friendship with kite flyers from all over the world is his treasure. He is also member of the World Kite Museum's Hall of Fame in Washington State, USA.
As wife to Masaaki Modegi, Sachico Modegi accompanies her husband to many kite festivals all over the world. She is also a kite flyer herself.
Since he was a teenager, Eishin Ijiti was interested in traditional Japanese kites and has been collecting kites as well as reconstructing ancient kites. Eishin Ijiti is one of the first members of The Japan Kite Association. He is a manager of the association and newsletter editor. He will bring kites originally from the Kyushu region for children.
Akiyoshi Odagawa is a kite aerial photographer. He also makes Japanese traditional kites with modern materials.
Katsushiro Ichikawa is chairman of the Niigata Toridako Kite Association Japan. He has 40 years of experience in making bird kites and has been flying them both in Japan and overseas. He'll bring, among others, some special bird kites on Fanø: the Mute Swan (Danish national bird), Common Buzzard and Mountain Hawk-Eagle. The 3D bird kite is originated and developed in Niigata prefecture. They are made with local willow and bamboo sticks in actual size. It's as if spirit comes into kites in the moment they go up in the sky - sometimes they attract real birds.
Yoshio Inoue has a 15-years experience of kite making and flying. He is a manager of The Japan Kite Association and branch manager of the Niigata Toridako Kite Association Japan, Kanto Branch. He will bring a Mute Swan Tori-dako - a single line 3D kite in actual bird size. Materials are willow sticks, bamboos, cypress wood, balsa wood and Washi paper etc. As he says: "It's a blissful moment when real birds come to play with my bird kites".
Makoto Ohye participates in various kite festivals in Europe every year. He flies artistic Kaku-dako kites made with Washi paper & bamboos.
Yoshizo Sakuraba has a 50-years experience in kite making and flying. He works on Tsugaru-dako kite, which is known for its dynamic composition and intense touch of brush strokes. He is dedicated to pass on the tradition to the next generation. With his wife’s, Mieko, assistance, he has contributed to international cultural exchange by showing and sharing how to make Tsugaru-dako around the world.
Yoshaki Ogawa has 38 years of Rokkaku-dako making and flying experience. He has shown great expertise in painting Samurai, Ukiyo-e kite style and more, and participates in international kite festivals in Asia every year. He also conducts workshops in UK and other places.
Mikio Toki has 43 years of kite making and flying experience. He is specialized in Edo Kaku-dako, Edo Yakko-dako, Rokkaku-dako, original kites and so on. He has held kite exhibitions of his own kites in lots of countries such as USA, Israel and Qatar. He is also author of kite making books for children.
Goro Nakawaga is in charge of secretariat for Edo-Kite Preservation Society. Normally he flies the Edo Kaku-dako kite style in size of 1,2 m on riverbed, but sometimes he is also flying big ones like 1,8 m, 4,2 m and 4,8 m on the beach.
Yoshinobu Kato shared with us: "I'm interested in Edo Kaku-dako (kite), which is traditional and soul-stirring. I enjoy making and flying kites. As a member of Edo-Kite Preservation Society, I'm working on to improve my kite making techniques together with other members.”.
Morishiro Takeda has 30 years of experience in flying Edo-dako and Rokkaku-dako kites styles. He travels around Asian countries, Italy and France every year. This will be his second visit to Fanø.
Shohachi Shiga is paired with Morihiro Takeda and participates in kite festivals overseas every year. He loves kites because they connect him with fantastic friends & good wind.
Hiroshi Sawaki is the chairman of Tawara-dako Preservation society, Owari Ichimiya Branch. As he states: "I make various kites, and enjoy life by flying them."
Toyoko Sawaki is a member of Tawara-dako Preservation society, Owari Ichimiya Branch. She enjoys kite flying tradition: "I treasure connection and harmony with others through kite flying. Moreover, sharing good time and having fun with other kite enthusiasts enriches my life.”
Yasutaka Sawaki is a member of Tawara-dako Preservation society, Owari Ichimiya Branch. He introduced himself to us: "Hi! I make mainly Tawara-dako but also make my original kites. I wish to pass on the fun of flying kites and traditional culture to the next generation. I love to have a good time with children in my workshop."
Kazuo Urakawa shares with us: "I have 30 years of kite making and flying experience. Primarily I make Ohgi-dako, Daruma-dako and Edo-dako. I'm also a kite aerial photographer.
Takuo Ichikara shared with us: "I've been fascinated by kites for 45 years and am still young at heart and in love with them."
Shigeki Endo has a 35-years experience in kite making and flying. He is chairman of Sendai Kite Association, member of The Japan Kite Association, as well as, member of American Kitefliers Association. He works on to spread Surume-Tenbata, traditional kite from Sendai. He teaches kite making to more than 2000 children per year, mainly in kindergartens, elementary & junior high schools and events. He has participated in various kite festivals overseas such as in USA, Greece and India. He also conducts kite workshops.
Kazuo Sasaki is the vice chairman of Sendai Kite Association and member of The Japan Kite Association. He works on to spread Surume-Tenbata together with Shigeki Endo kite styles. He has 20 years of kite making and flying experience. He conducts workshops for kite making & flying in Indiana and Dallas, USA.
Hiromi Endo is a member of the Shirone O-dako Museum. He has contributed to international friendship through kite making and flying for over 30 years. This is his fourth visit to Denmark, though first time to Fanø. He assisted in teaching kite making at a public school in Hjørring.
Masuo Watanabe is a member and former director of the Shirone O-dako Museum. He is in charge of designing the museum, layout change, collecting kites for exhibition and so on. This is his first visit to Fanø, but he visited a public school in Hjørring together with Hiromi Endo in 2013.