A little history of the Rokkaku kite
A Rokkaku kite is used for recreation and has other interesting purposes as well. This type of kite is very popular in many parts of the world. In fact, they are divided into various types and classifications of kites today. Most countries have their own unique style of kite. But in Japan they are called Rokkaku kites.
This kind of kite is not only for pleasure flying but also used for kite warfare. Literally, it’s a battle between two or more kites, knocking opponents out of the sky, it’s the name of the game for the winner. One method is to place glass chips on the line of control which is used to rub and cut the opponent’s line of control. Kite warfare is very popular among enthusiasts and adds excitement and further challenge to kite flying skills.
Rokkaku kites have been a part of history in Japan for a long time. According to some researchers, these kites date back to the beginning of the 16th century. During this time period, Japan had many connections with other countries. There were so many things that influenced Japan and one of them was the art of kite flying. The kite concept that came to Japan was just for pleasure flying. Over time, the Japanese added some of their own culture and some of their own design to kites which gave birth and discovery to the now well-known kite called “Rokkaku”.
Rokkaku kites are an original design made by the Japanese. They acquired some of the conceptual flying kites from other countries about a pilot flying one by a string while on the ground. It is shaped like a hexagon stretched vertically. It has a middle vertical stringer that extends from the top edge to the bottom edge. Two stringers run through the center stringer touching the other four edges of the hexagonal shape. It has no tail or wings, and is just a simple hexagonal kite. His designs often come with Japanese art painted on them.
The Japanese have added more excitement to the flight by having battles in the sky with them. The purpose of kite battles is to shoot down an enemy’s kite to the ground is your main objective. The Japanese kite enthusiast focused on developing the kite to make it more stable and capable of winning any kite battle.
There is a temple in Kyoto that is hexagonal in shape. His name is somewhat related to the Rokkaku kite. Some historians are confused as to which came first, the kite or the temple. Some say that the kite design was inspired by the temple thinking that it originated from that place. And some historians think that the hexagonal shape of the kite has been used as inspiration for those who built the temple. Even with the controversy, it’s an interesting story for the kite guy.
Rokkaku kites have been around for as long as they are entertaining spectators in many parts of the world. You can find Rokkaku competitions all over the world to see the battle between two pilots or between many pilots at the same time. With the invention of more durable materials, today we have to defeat an opponent in tough competition.
With history incomplete and no real clear account of who discovered them, many are very happy that the knowledge of Rokkaku kites has been passed down to us today. The hours of entertainment provided by these kites provide a lot of fun, excitement and recreation in many parts of the world.