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One of two giant kitesThis festival has two giant kites and two smaller (but still large) kites. Resting on its side, the kite was scheduled to fly at 2 pm. The kanji characters read "Michi no Eki" in reference to a new train station built in the town.
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Lowering the kite
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Patch up
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Moving the kite to launch point
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Festival siteThey did not allow people go enter the launch area at all times. Spectators were kept far away.
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No people on the sides either
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Launch point on a low hill
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Ride'em cowboyAs the kite quickly flew up, the forward kite pullers had to release the rope.
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Michi no EkiThe kite design is the same every year, but the kanji characters change. They make a new giant kite every year.
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Smaller kite "Yujo"
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"Yujo"This is a smaller kite. It means "Friendship."
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She fell
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Patch up
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"Nakama"This is another smaller kite. It means "Circle of Friends."
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Anchor truck
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Amateur areaFurther downwind was the amateur area for flying normal kites.
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Another launch
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Another beautiful take off
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