10:00AM-4:00PM from Saturday, May 4, 2013 to Sunday, May 5
A meeting place
Shindo sports open space,Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture,Japan
The Giant Kite Festival of Sagami is a traditional event that has been held in Sagamihara City, which is
in Kanagawa Prefecture, since the Tenpou period (around 1830) in the Edo
era .The Sagami Giant Kite Preservation Association has passed down the
tradition and techniques of making and flying some of the largest kites
in the world to the local residents of Sagamihara.
The Giant Kites of Sagami are called "Sagami-no-Oodako", the large Japanese kites flown by the Sagami Giant Kite Preservation Association in Shindo, Kamiisobe, Simoisobe, and Katsusaka regions of Sagamihara City, which is located in the middle of Kanagawa
Prefecture. On May 4 th and 5th this yearfs Sagami Giant Kite Festival, which is an annual event, will be held at the Sagamigawa
The size of the Giant Kites of Sagami used in the festival in May of 2005 was:
--- 8 x 8 kens* (14.5 x 14.5 meters)
--- 6 x 6 kens (11.2 x 11.2 meters)
--- 6 x 6 kens (10.8 x 10.8 meters)
--- 5 x 5 kens ( 9.0 x 9.0 meters)
* ken is an ancient Japanese unit of measure for length
Specifications of the large kites used in Shindo district
--- 14.5 x 14.5 meters
Length of control rope
Thickness of a control rope
Length of a tail
Staff required for kite-flying
--- 80-100 people
Wind speed necessary for flying giant kite
--- 10-15 meters per second
The traditional large kites are made of bamboo and handmade Japanese paper. Specially-trained craftsmen make a curved square bamboo frame. They then tie 16 large pieces of paper to the frame so that it will capture the wind while remaining as light as possible. The paper is easy to remove from a kite if a piece is damaged. Traditionally two Chinese characters are written on the paper in red and green. This is why the kites are known as gCharacter Kites.h The large kites and the paper used in them are made from scratch every year.
The craftsmen and crew of the Giant Kite of Shindo take pride in the fact that they make and fly the largest traditionally made square kite in Japan. The Giant Kite of Shindo set the record for the longest flight of a traditional large kite in 2001 when their kite remained aloft for 6 hours, 7 minutes and 55 seconds in the air.
It is said that the history of Sagami Giant Kites began during the Tenpou period (around 1830) in the Edo era. The kites got larger over time until they reached their present size
during the middle of the Meiji era. Initially the kites were flown by individual people to celebrate the birth of a child. Over time the tradition expanded to other areas and the reasons for flying them also changed. The kites were eventually flown as a form of prayer to help ensure a good harvest. They were flown mostly by the young men of the community. During the Showa era four young menfs associations in Shindo, Kamiisobe, Simoisobe, and Katsusaka regions began to build and fly very large kites in four different districts
almost every year.
In 1991, the Giant Kite Preservation Associations were started up in four districts. The Sagami Giant Kite Preservation Association, which was the parent organization
of four different districtsf associations, was established in 1994. And
the first Festival of The Giant Kites of Sagami was held in four districts. From then on the Shindo Giant Kite Preservation Association began to fly the largest kites in
The Chinese characters written on the paper of Sagami Giant Kites are called gthe titleh. These characters embody the hopes,
dreams and feelings of pride of the communities the kites represent. The
Sagami Giant Kite Festival has been a proud tradition of the local people for many years. Ever since 1996 the community has voted on what characters or title they wanted on each yearfs kites. Since the end of World War II characters such as gwindh or glighth have often been used. The title for 2006fs kite is gShinsou,h which celebrates the birth of a new Sagamihara city that has come about with the merger of Sagamihara with nearby cities. This title was chosen from the many suggestions the people of Sagamihara made for this year.
Every year the Sagami Giant Kite Festival is held in four different areas on the 4th and 5th
of May. Details on this yearfs event can be found in the Sagamihara City
public relations magazine, in festival leaflets distributed around the
It is videos of the Sagami giant kite festival. Please enjoy force to fry a large kite.I prepare
for a movie file of a WMV form. Because file size is big, I recommend that
you look in broadband environment.Please click a picture of each year to
watch a video.
A sudden change of wind, the kite is close to the visitors. It was a dangerous
situation.The men were desperate to land the kite in a rage.
In addition to the movement
of the kite, and the men pulling the rope, and then send.
It is the great kite-flier that pulled two pieces of paper at the time
of strong wind. Because a large kite is fried at a stretch, it is impressive.
Flight duration of this time is 20 minutes.
A majestic figure of the large kite which I suffer wind, and get up from the
ground is impressive.
It is the great kite-flier that it watched from behind. A large kite rising
lightly does not let you feel a little less than 1t weight.
A large kite passes it over people raising a large kite. They need quick
movement so that danger is accompanied.