Kite Flying Around the World (5) – Kite Museums
September 8th and 9th this year are specially marked days for kite flying enthusiasts in Singapore. NTUC Income (the country’s leading composite insurer) sponsors the annual Kite Festival Singapore– a time for young and old to have some good clean fun.
As Singapore prepares for this weekend’s festival, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a week’s feature on “Kite Flying Around the World”.Today I bring you the Kite Museums of the World.I must admit that I never knew such museums existed around the world until I wrote this post. They are now on my ‘to visit’ list. Think about it -what is there not to love about a kite museum – it’s full of colour, culture and childlike fun.
World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame
Long Beach, Washington State, USA
The World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame is the only American Museum dedicated exclusively to the thrill, joy, art, science and world history of kites.
Besides its outstanding kite collections, the Museum has extensive archival materials. The American Kite Association [AKA] has combined their archives with the World Kite Museum in Long Beach, Washington. An active oral history program exists on cassettes and videos. Textbook companies and freelance writers are the biggest users. Long Beach’s World Kite Museum is the definitive information source on kites internationally. The WKM is the only Kite Museum in North and South America.INFO SOURCE
Muzium Layang-Layang Pasir Gudang
Pasir Gudang, Malaysia
Muzium Layang-Layang Pasir Gudang or Pasir Gudang Kite Museum is the first of its kind in Malaysia. The museum was built to show appreciation for the contribution of Malaysian and International kite flyers to the world of Kite Flying. It was formally opened to the public in February 2002 during the 7th Pasir Gudang Kite Festival.
The museum houses a collection of more than 200 kites which once roamed the skies of Bukit Layang-Layang as well as hundreds of traditional Malaysian kites known as “Wau”.
Check out the museum’s Wau Making Workshop which will guide you through the process of traditional Malaysian kite making right from the start and bring home your very own Wau.INFO SOURCE
The Weifang World Kite Museum is the largest kite museum in the world, which covers an area of 8,100 square meters. In front features a giant bird with its wings outstretched. The roof is made up of peacock-colored glazed tiles, like a dragon playing in the sky. The design is unique in China. The kite museum collects and displays many valuable kites and relevant cultural materials, including about 1,000 valuable kites, 300 pieces full of authentic kite culture materials, pictures, writings, paintings and replicas, reflecting the special style, fine and delicate craftsmanship, vivid shapes, and selective subjects. And it also introduces kites from foreign countries. There is also a series of showrooms for calligraphy, paintings, folklore, rare stones, handicrafts and quality china ware made in Jingdezhen that are displayed in the museum, which represent Chinese culture and art. [Globaltimes.cn] INFO SOURCELearn more about the Weifang World Kite Museum experience
The Kite Museum in Nihonbashi
Tucked away on the fifth floor of a nondescript downtown Tokyo office building, the room is of modest dimensions.
The room is what is surely one of the most compact and jam-packed exhibit spaces in all of Japan: the Kite Museum in Nihonbashi. Every inch of aisle, wall and ceiling is covered with a dizzying array of kites of every description. They hail not only from Japan but also China, Indonesia, Colombia, New Zealand, France — a truly global display of ingeniously constructed flying machines. Kites are indeed an art form unto themselves.
The Kite Museum’s founder, the late Shingo Modegi, started out as a restaurateur (his son Masaaki still runs the Taimeiken Restaurant on the first floor of the building). Modegi’s love of kites prompted him to found the Japan Kite Association in 1969 and, as his own collection burgeoned, the Kite Museum in 1977. Now operated by the association, which Masaaki chairs, the museum currently owns some 3,000 kites, of which it displays about 300 at a time. INFO SOURCE
Learn more about ‘the great thing that comes in a small package ‘that is the Nihonbashi Kite Museum
“True courage is like a kite;
a contrary wind raises it higher.”