Originally published on Kitelife.com
I traveled to Japan for the first time in 1989 and had been introduced that year to the magnificent Kunstdrachen catalog by another respected kite artist, Peter Malinski. As I scanned the pages of the catalog, Yoshizumi’s name jumped from the pages and I had to meet him. Throughout the Japan Kite Association Convention, I searched for large, impressive kites like those in the Kunstdrachen book. Finally I came upon the kite group from Kyoto and introduced myself and asked to meet Yoshizumi-san. Here was a quiet master, confident in his abilities and secure in the knowledge that his kites, of any size, were some of the finest in Japan.