Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909
Japan America Kite Festival®
The 22nd Annual Hitachi Japanese Kite Workshops
Documentary by Aaron Sharp, 2015
The Workshops are conducted by Japanese Kite Master Mikio Toki, and when available, one or more additional Japanese kite masters. These are “hands-on,” in-classroom experiences that introduce Japan and Japanese culture through the building of a small, traditional Japanese kite made of bamboo and washi (Japanese paper).
Mr. Toki is one of a few Edo-style kite masters left in this world.
In 2018, nearly 1,400 students participated in the workshops from 16 different schools in 7 school days.
To date, more than 16,600 under-served students have benefited from this program!
In addition to constructing their first kite, the schoolchildren receive and experience:
Through the Hitachi Japanese Kite Workshops, schoolchildren with the greatest need are provided a positive introduction to Japanese culture. The Workshops also help develop each child’s creativity, as well as promote an “I can do it!” attitude after they successfully build and fly their first kite. Furthermore, the Workshops have a profound and lasting influence; teachers report that during end-of-school-year reviews, a majority of students cite the Hitachi Japanese Kite Workshop as their favorite educational experience of the year!You can help increase the number of students served!