Since around 1830 in the Edo era, this is a traditional event that has been held on the 4th and 5th of May every year in four different areas of Sagamihara City, which is in Kanagawa Prefecture.
The most important and largest kite shown each year a different kanji. This year 2014 were elected 駿 kanji, meaning genius, fast and wonderful, and 風 wind. These kanji changes annually symbolize dreams, hopes and feelings of the communities involved.
Some of the larger kites can reach more than 14 square meters and weighing nearly a ton, for which about 100 people to fly it needed. To build these kites, bamboo and handmade Japanese paper is used.
Although originally they did fly kites to celebrate the birth of a child, over time the young people began to fly kites as a prayer for good harvests.
It’s incredible to see how they managed to control the kite so large and heavy, but more gratifying is that in Japan are still maintaining this kind of tradition for so many years.