300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

300 participants enjoy annual kite festival in Ishigaki

On June 28, kite fans enjoyed the festival at Maesato Gulf Course of Intercontinental ANA Resort in Ishigaki.


June 29, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 28, the Wakanatsu National Kite Festival in Ishigaki was held at the Intercontinental ANA Ishigaki Resort Maesato Golf Course for the first time in Okinawa. Three hundred kites, from all over Japan and in all different shapes and sizes, were displayed in the event.

According to the Yaeyama Kite Armature Association, kites came from China in the 1700s during the Ryukyu kingdom. Some say it came from Satsuma. Kites spread nationwide during the Meiji period. Ishigaki is an area where kiting is popular and it has held the kite festival every year since 1971.

Harufumi Kinjo, chairperson of the Yaeyama Kite Armature Association, said, “Because we live in peace, we can enjoy kites. I am glad we could hold the festival.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)  

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