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Edo Kite Master: MIKIO TOKIMember of Japan Kite Association, Edo-Kite Preservation Society, American Kitefliers Association
Born and bred in
The kites Toki currently makes are Edo-Kaku-Dako's, a rectangular kite with many long bridle lines and a hummer, it is made using WASHI (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo. The pictures are drawn by using Sumi, a black ink, and dyes, to create a stained glass effect when the kite is flown in the sky. Toki has been fond of drawing since he was a child and studied graphic design as a student. Toki believes that drawing the pictures of the traditional Edo-kite, which are inspired by traditional storybooks, Kabuki, and Ukiyoe is an assignment for him and his lifework.