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

  • 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.
  • My research in India focused on the manufacture of Indian-style fighter kites, known as patang, outside of the standard kite flying seasons. Most of the work was conducted in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Much has been published in periodicals on the two major yearly Indian kite celebrations. But to the best of my knowledge, there has been no study of off-season kite production.
  • George A. Peters is a West Indian living in Seattle who has made a satisfying career for himself as carpenter by day, musician by night, and kiteflier over the weekends. He likes doing all three jobs, but it is the kites that are his great passion. “Kites are uplifting, fun. They relieve stress. You combine paper and sticks, string and glue and that thing goes up in the sky. What more pleasure can anyone get? I love making kites, teaching how to make them, flying them. That’s my satisfaction in life.”