Tsugaru kite picture

Aomori, Tohoku

It is said that Tsugaru kites, a folkcraft of Aomori Prefecture, were first made in the 17th century by poor low-ranking members of the samurai class. Japanese kites generally have a bamboo frame, but as bamboo is difficult to grow in the Tsugaru district because of the severe cold, lightweight and supple cypress cut into thin strips is used instead. Tsugaru kites feature strong, thick lines in Japanese ink and a picture of a warrior painted in brilliant colors, predominantly red. Some kites are painted with gallant warrior images based on Sangokushi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) and Suikoden (Water Margin) stories from Chinese classical literature.

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Address
(Hirosaki Produce Association) 2-1 Shimo-Shirogane-cho, Hirosaki, Aomori
Notes
[Bus]JR Hirosaki Stn. / Bus / 10-min. ride / Hirosaki Municipal office Stop/ 1-min. walk

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