Meeting Edo Kite Master Mikio Toki

Two weeks ago, we had the privilege of getting to know Mikio Toki at the Washington State International Kite Festival. Mikio is a world renowned Edo kite maker and teacher. He travels the globe sharing the beauty and history of the traditional Edo kites. Below, is a one of his pieces entitled Rashomon:

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Mr. Toki makes the kites completely from hand, cutting the bamboo, making the hummer, painting the colorful kites and braiding the bridle line. Here’s a link where he teaches you the process: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7312863318866727538

Mikio seemed very excited to see MOTHRA1 fly. He calligraphed MOTHRA in Japanese on several of our print outs. One of the scanned prints is below: 

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We even got to enjoy Mikio sing a rendition of the original Mothra theme song. Special thanks to Mikio Toki and everyone else at the WSIKF.  We hope to go back for many years to come. 

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Ed and Mikio Showing off there matching incisors.

 

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