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

  • When master kitemaker Teizo Hashimoto died 13 years ago, there was no one to carry on the ancient tradition of Edo kitemaking. Edo is the old word for Tokyo. Masaaki Modegi, dean of Japanese kite collectors with his own museum in Tokyo, urged Mikio Toki to take up where Hashimoto had left off and Toki agreed to do it.
  • A foreign observer at the royal kitefighting tournament in Bangkok recently found himself participant instead of observer. Standing in the middle of a dense crowd observing the action overhead, he watched as a Chula engaged in mortal combat with a Pakpao. A siren was sounding loudly, whistles blowing, spectators shouting in excitement. Suddenly there was a swishing sound just overhead and a plummeting kite slammed painfully into the shoulder of the farang (Westerner).
  • Boontham Himsakun and Vinai Phomitong have been flying kites together for 40 years and constitute the best kite competitition team in Bangkok today.
  • Every afternoon in March at 3 p.m., kite teams assemble on the 700-yard kite field next to the royal palace in Bangkok to do aerial battle. In a centuries-old tradition unlike any other in the world, the sky fighting take place between two very different types of kites-----the large and aggressive male Chula and the small and flirty female Pakpao. It’s an erotic dance in the sky.
  • What with the war in Iraq and the severe acute respiratory syndrome scare, travel agent Ajay Prakash of Bombay found himself with time on his hands. His response? Write a booklet about the kites of India.