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[Yokosuka Kites]

Beautiful brightly colored kites with a wide variety of original shapes

Yokosuka kites draw the eye with bright colors and original shapes like cicadas, spears and cheeky faces sticking out big red tongues, and their history can be traced back to the Sengoku period, when it is said they were first used to survey enemy camps, send secret messages and so on. It is rare for one region to produce so many different kinds of kites (in this case more than 20), and the kites of Yokosuka are also popular items for display. Kite enthusiasts gather from all over the country to give their latest pride and joys their first flight in the Enshu Yokosuka Takoage Matsuri kite-flying festival held at the beginning of every February.
Posted photos Main Yokosuka kite designs (from left): "atamakire", cheeky face, cicada, kite (bird), "tomoe"
Right Flying Yokosuka kites
 

Stores which make Yokosuka kites

● Yanase Chochinten
Address 637-1 Yokosuka, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka
Phone +81-537-48-3389 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Sunday, holidays
Access Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 7 minutes, alight at "Fukuroi Station". Take the Akiha Chuen Line Bus bound for Yokosukashako-mae for approx. 25 minutes, alight at "Higashi-bancho" and walk for approx. 3 minutes.
URL Kakegawa Tourism Association
http://www.kakegawa-kankou.com/kanko/guide/facility_detail.php?_mfi=166

updated on Mar 28, 2017

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