East Meets West in Montana Show

Ben Ruhe
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Logan Airport in Billings, Montana, is the scene of a wonderful exhibition of kites, on view through March of next year. As proof that the East, in this case Japan's Kumamota state, and the West, represented by host Montana, do after all meet despite the Kipling injunction, and exhibition titled Sky, Wind and World has been mounted in the air facility. Two million passengers are expected to view it.

Kumamota and Montana are sister states and this exhibit is the latest manifestation of their friendly partnership.

On behalf of the East, Kumamota shows many kites made by Tadakazu Funasaki, 62, a master of the craft. The West responds with an array from top U.S. and Canadian builders.

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