Making of Japanese Kites: Tradition, Beauty and Creation by Masaaki Modegi and The Japan Kite Association (Japan Publications Trading, 2007) ISBN-10: 4889962220 ($16.95 US on Amazon.com)
My copy just arrived today. :lovelove :D :D :D :D :D
The author is the Chairman of the Japan Kite Association and director of the Tokyo Kite Museum. While he does discuss what is and isn't known about early kites, the focus of this lovely little book is how to build fifteen different traditional kites, in clear English with extensive, easy to read diagrams. (Measurements are metric, just so you know.)
Kite weather is coming and I haven't played around with one since this time last year. Maybe now I can figure out how to build a Suruga dako that will spend more time in flight than nosediving into the ground.
Already I see a completely different bridle line arrangement than the one I found parrotted over and over on the internet.
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