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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.499 views
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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. This event was started in 1988.411 views
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The longest carp is 10 meters.325 views
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Entertainment during Sagami Giant Kite Festival248 views
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Take off of a smaller kite217 views
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Festival site207 views
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Cable anchor205 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.191 views
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There are five rows of streamers. In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids. 187 views
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Along the river were food stalls.183 views
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And we have lift off!166 views
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Sagami Giant Kite festival is held annually on May 4 and 5 along the Sagami River bank. The site is near JR Sobudaishita (相武台下) on the JR Sagami Line.162 views
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The cable length is 250 meters and 13mmm thick. There are about 1,200 carp streamers. They are reused every year and donated by local families. (I also noticed a few advertising carps.)157 views
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The kite went back down almost immediately after hovering a few feet above ground.126 views
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Rear view118 views
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Sagamihara city is adjacent to Zama city which also held their own giant kite festival on the same day adjacent to Sagamihara's site. 115 viewsThis is a launch of Zama's giant kite which soon went back to the ground due to inadequate winds.
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Lean-to shade.105 views
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Panorama of festival site.102 views
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Inadequate winds. The kite struggles to lift off.101 views
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Tako95 viewsKites in the shape of an octopus is common because the Japanese word for kite is "tako" which is the same pronunciation for the word octopus in Japanese.
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Preparing the giant kite87 views
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Take off of another smaller kite87 views
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Successful flight85 views
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Moving the giant kite to launch site84 views
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Beautiful lavendar83 views
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The site is cleared of people before the launch.83 views
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Moving the kite to launch point80 views
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Spectators watch along the side and rear.79 views
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Rope anchor78 views
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Anchor78 views
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Bamboo poles used to prop up the giant kite.78 views
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Kite pullers75 views
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Preparing the big one.75 views
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Guest kite from Yokaichi, Shiga Prefecture74 viewsThis is a smaller version of their giant kite. Yokaichi (Higashi Omi) also holds a giant kite festival in May.
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Yokaichi's anchor truck72 views
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Disassembly72 viewsThe paper is actually large strips that can be removed and rolled up.
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Another launch71 viewsThey fly the kite a few times during the festival days.
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Held annually on May 4 and 5 along the Sagami River from 10 am to 4 pm. Nearest train station is Sobudaishita Station on the JR Sagami Line (20-min. walk to the festival site). They have shuttle buses from the train station to festival site, but I walked.22 views
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In May 2019, the giant kite celebrated the new Reiwa Era by having the kanji characters for Reiwa on the giant kite.21 views
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The site is a riverside park. They fly the giant kite a few times each day depending on the wind. Photos were taken on May 5, 2019.20 views
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