All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. Bring your kite, or just watch and enjoy the fun!
In the event of inclement weather, Mr. Toki will present a lecture about Japanese kites in the theater.
About the Artists
There are hundreds of varieties of kites in Japan, with each region of the country having its own, specific traditional style. Kite artist, Mr. Toki Mikio was born and raised in Tokyo. He designs and makes Tokyo-style kites. As a young boy, Mr. Toki was mesmerized by kites designed and flown by kite master Mr. Katsuhisa Ota. Mr. Toki aspired to design and build kites just like the elderly kite master and has been doing so for many years.
In 2012, Mr. Toki’s daughter – Ms. Asami – decided to carry on their artistic lineage. Ms. Asami has assisted in kite-making workshops for children and adults in Japan as well as around the world. More recently, she has started to create new mini kites. Together the Mikios like to experiment with designing traditional kites using modern materials, innovative colors, and dyes. Frequently invited to kite festivals worldwide, they continue to paint and create new Japanese kite masterpieces that they then share and fly with the public.