Source: AMSE | Release | February 1, 2019

Long before mechanical flight changed the shape of travel, wind was harnessed, allowing humanities’ imagination to soar across the heavens upon the wings of a kite. Historians state that mid-first century cultural exchange brought the kite to Japan from mainland China.  Since this introduction, Japanese culture has embraced, innovated, and revered these wind-driven marvels.

The American Museum of Science and Energy is proud to showcase a unique and historical perspective on the Japanese art and science of kites. For a limited time this collection of fantastically designed and engineered Japanese kites will be on display in the museum’s rotating gallery. Showcasing handmade, hand-painted kites, this collection will inspire visitors to imagine how the world was seen when only feathers could conquer the jet stream. In the mid-eighteenth century, Japan instituted highly restrictive laws on the craft because kite-making and flying had created a mania that detracted from work and resulted in lower productivity. In some cases kite flying was completely outlawed! These laws were later removed.

Today, several regions in Japan hold annual kite festivals, where intricate kites are shown off and aerial combat between kite fighters can be seen.

Beginning Feb 1st, AMSE invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a colorful, fantastic glimpse into how the Japanese culture captured the wind and perpetuated a national obsession that is still held aloft in the winds of today.

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