A huge kite 40 feet (12 metres) long and 26 feet (8 metres) wide was sent aloft at Hojubana Village, 40 miles (60 Kms) north of Tokyo yesterday.
A huge kite 40 feet (12 metres) long and 26 feet (8 metres) wide was sent aloft at Hojubana Village, 40 miles (60 Kms) north of Tokyo yesterday. The kite-flying was part of the traditional Boys Day Festival.
The kite, made of bamboo sticks and Japanese paper, weighed 1760 pounds (800 kilograms). More than 40 young men were needed to carry it to the top of a hill, where it was launched.
The kite lifting ritual has been practised in the village for the past 250 years. The village's young men, it is hoped, will take on many of the qualities symbolised by the kite -- health, courage and honesty.
About 20 smaller kites were also flown, but they were rarely more than 10 feet long and seven feet wide.
The village youths grappled with dozens of ropes in their attempts to keep the giant kite in the air.
When wind currents threatened to bring it down, they had to run along the banks of a river to hold it in flight.