Marvel at intricately made and colourfully painted Japanese Edo kites at Edo in the Sky: Traditional Kites of Japan. On display will be a selection of 32 works by world-famous master kite maker Mikio Toki, whose kites have been displayed in Japan and the US.
Kite expert, Mikio Toki, is a regular guest of international kite festivals around the world. He specialises in the Edo kite, which refers to a distinctive form that remains largely unchanged since it was first developed in 18th century Edo, now known as Tokyo. Its rectangular bamboo frame is covered with strikingly decorated washi paper. Taking inspiration from ukiyo-e, the motifs are painted in bold, vibrant colours and typically feature ideographs, legendary heroes and famous kabuki actors. The popularity of early Edo kites spread to regions of Japan outside of Edo, eventually taking on new shapes to suit the local geography.
Today, regions throughout Japan are represented by their own distinctive kite traditions and kite flying remains a popular pastime in Japan. They can be seen decorating the skies to welcome the coming of spring and on special occasions such as Children’s Day, when giant carp kites are on display.
Flying in from Tokyo, Mikio Toki will give a personal introduction of his kites and demonstrate his craft at the opening reception of his exhibition on 10 July.
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 10 July to Saturday 12 October 2019
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