I was born and bred in Tokyo, so I have been influenced and surrounded by the Tokyo style of kite since childhood. We have
many different types of kites in Japan but I make the Edo-Kaku-Dako, which is the Tokyo style of kite. When I was young kite flying was a popular pastime for children in Japan. Now there are very
few places to fly a kite in Tokyo! When I was child, I use to fly kites that were bought at a toy store. When I was about ten I made my first kite, it was rectangular kite using traditional
Japanese paper (WASHI) and bamboo rods. I got the bamboo by splitting a bamboo broom handle. The kite would not fly, but looking back now, it was probably too heavy. When I was 25 I had the
opportunity to meet the late Mr. Katsuhisa Ota, my kite master and founder of the Edo-kite Preservation Society, which I too am a member of. It was at that time, in 1975 that I began to seriously
make the traditional Edo-kites.
The kites I am currently making are Edo-Kaku-Dako's, it is a rectangular kite with many long bridle lines and a hummer, it is made using WASHI (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo. The pictures are drawn by using Sumi, a black ink, and dyes, to create a stained glass effect when the kite is flown in the sky. I have been fond of drawing since I was a child and I studied graphic design as a student. I like to draw and compose new kite pictures very much. So I will continue to draw and make the Edo-kaku-Dako in the future. I believe that drawing the pictures of the traditional Edo-kite, which are drawn from old storybooks, Kabuki, and Ukiyoe etc. is an assignment for me and my lifework.