Organized by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions
Long before mechanical flight changed the shape of travel, wind was harnessed, allowing humanities’ imagination to soar across the heavens upon the wings of a kite. Historians state that mid-first century cultural exchange brought the kite to Japan from the mainland. Since this introduction, Japanese culture has embraced, innovated, and revered these wind-driven marvels.
The American Museum of Science and Energy is proud to showcase a unique and historical perspective on the Japanese art and science of kites. For a limited time this collection of fantastically designed and engineered Japanese kites will be on display in the museum’s rotating gallery. Showcasing handmade, hand-painted kites, this exhibit will inspire visitors’ imaginations.
Today, several regions in Japan hold annual kite festivals, where intricate kites are shown off and aerial combat between kite fighters can be seen.
AMSE invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a colorful, fantastic glimpse into how the Japanese culture captured the wind and perpetuated a national obsession that is still held aloft in the winds of today.
There will be an opening reception for AMSE members, volunteers, and the AMSE Foundation on Friday, February 8, at 6 pm. There will be a giveaway for the first thirty-five attendees and fun activities about flight! Light refreshments will be available.
The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, February 9, at 9 am. There will be a kite-decorating activity for children. Come make your own kite in the style of the Japanese kites on display!
Japanese Tradition in Flight will be on display at AMSE from February through May 1, 2019.