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2006.9.24-27
Japan America Kite Festival 2006 and Kite Making Work Shop at the elementary schools
Photo by Masami Takakuwa , #38-#44 taken by Nobuko Kondo-Calisher

Flying high at the Japan America Kite Festival Thouthands turned out Sunday for the 10th annual Japan America Kite Festival at the Seal Beach pier.
By JEFF OVERLEY

THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Fierce dogfights, artistic expression, wearing out energetic toddlers.
The 10th annual Japan America Kite Festival, held Sunday at the Seal Beach pier, showed kites are good for more than just flapping in the wind.
Organized by the Up, Up and Away Kite Club of Seal Beach and the Japan America Society of Southern California, the event drew thousands of visitors who teased paper fliers in the onshore breeze.
Aficionados staged "fighter kite" battles, twirling and dodging and nose-diving into the sand, and a four-person troupe synchronized sweeping kites against a backdrop of classical music.
But it may have been assembled moms and dads who drew the most joy from the Catch the Tail contest, in which kids scampered after a swirling kite and, hopefully, burned some energy.

Featured kites

Oceans in the Sky: Kite enthusiast Wayne Brooks' $12,000 collection includes a 50-foot manta ray, 30-foot fish and giant dolphins, whales and mermaids.

Flapping Crow: Owned by Masami Takakuwa of Yokohama, Japan, the kite took two months to make and features 12 larger-than-life, nylon crows floating on individual lines.

Flag Train: 150-meter-long train of 150 diamond kites emblazoned with Japanese and American flags.




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