Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • Do you have a clear space to fly? A bystander walking under your kite could get injured. Very taut lines, especially if made of nonstretch Kevlar or similar fibers, can cut and wound. Is a source of electricity near? Since a strong gust or unexpected windshift may cause you to alter your position, keep at least 100 yards clear of even smaller electric cables. Be aware that power companies are prepared to sue over damage to their property.
  • Without diminishing the unique magic of a kite in flight, what actually enables it to fly, to remain suspended in the sky, escaping earth’s gravity?
  • Dreams, aspirations, joy of living, love for nature, freedom; this was all a kite meant, a long time ago, maybe fifty or sixty years ago. Home-made kites A reed stolen from the vegetable garden, yes, the one mother used to support her tomatoes, Cut exactly in half with a kitchen knife. A handful of flour and a little water, and the glue was ready. Scissors, and brilliant blue and yellow paper bought at the store just down the road. A lovely blue kite, with a long tail, yellow and blue rings for wings.
  • In Japan, it is only in Nagasaki that one can see the Indian style Patang, known in the Japan as the Hata tako (flag kite), or just Hata, which translates as kite, although Tako is the more common, generic name for a Japanese kite. The name Hata is derived from the fact that the Indian-style Patang came to Japan on Dutch ships flying their country’s flag. From ancient times, the colors of the Dutch flag-----red, white and blue-----have been the sole colors used on the traditional Hata.
  • Hundreds of children, some of them homeless street children, flew kites in a Mumbai (Bombay) park recently as a gesture toward peace, harmony, and religious tolerance in India. The street children had made and adorned their own kites at a workshop conducted by Babu Khan of Rajasthan, a noted kitemaker who has made “lakhs”----hundreds of thousands----of kites in his lifetime.