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Meishi Mixer Speaker - Edo Kite Master Mikio Toki!

  • Metro State University of Denver Plaza Building 955 Lawrence Way Denver, CO 80204 (map)

Please join us for a very special talk for JASC members and friends by Edo Kite Master Mikio Toki. Toki-Sensei will be visiting us for one week from Tokyo.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Metro State University of Denver - Auraria Campus - Plaza Building (955 Lawrence Way)

Room M205 - Parking in the Spruce Parking lot is available for $6.75

Co-hosted by Japanese Club of Metro State University of Denver

Here is a bio of Toki-Sensei in his own words:


I was born and bred in Tokyo, so I have been influenced and surrounded by the Tokyo style of kite since childhood. We have many different types of kites in Japan but I make the Edo-Kaku-Dako, which is the Tokyo style of kite. When I was young, kite flying was a popular pastime for children in Japan. Now there are very few places to fly a kite in Tokyo! I used to fly kites that were bought at a toy store. When I was about ten I made my first kite, it was rectangular kite using traditional Japanese paper (WASHI) and bamboo rods. I got the bamboo by splitting a bamboo broom handle. The kite would not fly, but looking back now, it was probably too heavy. When I was 25 I had the opportunity to meet the late Mr. Katsuhisa Ota, my kite master and founder of the Edo-kite Preservation Society, which I too am a member of. It was at that time, in 1975 that I began to seriously make the traditional Edo-kites.

The kites I am currently making are Edo-Kaku-Dako's, it is a rectangular kite with many long bridle lines and a hummer, it is made using WASHI (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo. The pictures are drawn by using Sumi, a black ink, and dyes, to create a stained glass effect when the kite is flown in the sky. I have been fond of drawing since I was a child and I studied graphic design as a student. I like to draw and compose new kite pictures very much. So I will continue to draw and make the Edo-kaku-Dako in the future. I believe that drawing the pictures of the traditional Edo-kite, which are drawn from old storybooks, Kabuki, and Ukiyoe etc. is an assignment for me and my lifework.

Earlier Event: September 9
Shinrin-Yoku at Denver Botanic Gardens