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Name: MIKIO TOKI

Pen name: MUKAN


I am a member of:

Japan Kite Association
Edo-Kite Preservation Society
American Kitefliers Association

I was born and bred in Tokyo, so I have been influenced and surrounded by the Tokyo style of kite since childhood. We have many different types of kites in Japan but I make the Edo-Kaku-Dako, which is the Tokyo style of kite. When I was young kite flying was a popular pastime for children in Japan. Now there are very few places to fly a kite in Tokyo! When I was child, I use to fly kites that were bought at a toy store. When I was about ten I made my first kite, it was rectangular kite using traditional Japanese paper (WASHI) and bamboo rods. I got the bamboo by splitting a bamboo broom handle. The kite would not fly, but looking back now, it was probably too heavy. When I was 25 I had the opportunity to meet the late Mr. Katsuhisa Ota, my kite master and founder of the Edo-kite Preservation Society, which I too am a member of. It was at that time, in 1975 that I began to seriously make the traditional Edo-kites.

The kites I am currently making are Edo-Kaku-Dako's, it is a rectangular kite with many long bridle lines and a hummer, it is made using WASHI (handmade Japanese paper) and bamboo. The pictures are drawn by using Sumi, a black ink, and dyes, to create a stained glass effect when the kite is flown in the sky. I have been fond of drawing since I was a child and I studied graphic design as a student. I like to draw and compose new kite pictures very much. So I will continue to draw and make the Edo-kaku-Dako in the future. I believe that drawing the pictures of the traditional Edo-kite, which are drawn from old storybooks, Kabuki, and Ukiyoe etc. is an assignment for me and my lifework.

1950 I was born on September 17, 1950 at Nakano in Tokyo, Japan.
1969 I entered Tokyo Designer School for studying a graphic design and an illustration.
1973 I joined Japan Kite Association.

I started making assembly Edo-Kite under the guidance of Mr. Katsuhisa Ota who is an expert at making Edo-Kite. I also started studying Japanese traditional Kite-pictures by myself.
1975 My kite friends and I made Edogawa Kite Club.

I start work at Minami-Shinozaki-Jidokan in Tokyo, which is an educational institution for after school children. I made the Kite Club for children at the institution, and guided them to be the kids champion of a Train-Kite in Japan, and made a new Japanese record.
1980 I joined Edo-Kite Preservation Society.
1988 I attended Kelantan International Kite Festival in Malaysia as a guest kiteflier at the invitation of the festival. (MALAYSIA)
1994 June: I attended Redondo Beach Kite Festival.(Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
1995 August: I had kite-picture demonstrations and an exhibition of Edo-kites during three weeks at "Epcot World Festival Of Kites"in Walt Disney World, Florida, U.S.A., and show the people how to draw Japanese traditional kite pictures. (Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.)

September: I attended the A.K.A.(The American Kitefliers Association) convention. (Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.)
1996 February: I attended the Wellington Wind Festival as a guest kiteflier, and had a kite making workshop at there. (NEW ZEALAND)

April: I attended the Montreal Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Montreal, CANADA)

July: I had my kite exhibition at Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art in Israel, three months. I had many workshops for kids and adults at the museum before the festival and flew kites with them at the kite festival held in a beach. (Haifa, ISRAEL)

September: I attended the A.K.A.(The American Kitefliers Association) convention.(Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.)
1997 April: I attended the Little Acorns Kite Festival in Miami Beach as a guest kiteflier. (Miami, Florida, U.S.A.)

September: I attended the Festival of the Winds at Bondi Beach in Sydney as a guest kiteflier. (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)

September: I attended the Bristol Kite Festival a guest kiteflier. (Bristol, U.K.)

September: I attended the Dieppe International Kite Festival. (Dieppe, FRANCE)

October: I attended the 20th A.K.A.(The American Kitefliers Association) annual convention, and my three meters Edo-kite, "Nanso Satomi Hakkenden", got the first places at a traditional category. (Wildwood New Jersey, U.S.A.)
1998 April: I attended the Little Acorns Kite Festival in Miami Beach as a guest kiteflier. (Miami, Florida, U.S.A.)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

October: I had Yakko-kite-making demonstrations at The Smithsonian Museum. (Washington DC, U.S.A.)
1999 April: I attended the Little Acorns Kite Festival in Miami Beach as a guest kiteflier. (Miami, Florida, U.S.A.)

August: I visited Sakhalin eight days and had kite making workshops for kids and flew kites with them. I taught Japanese Top-kites to total 250 children at schools and a orphanage. (Sakhalin, RUSSIA)
2000 April: I attended Cervia International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Cervia, ITALY)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

July: I attended Brighton Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Brighton, U.K.)

August: I visited the Caribbean Islands, six countries, St Kitts, Antigua, Dominica, St Lucia, Barbados,Trinidad & Tobago, about one month, and had kite making workshops in each country. I taught Japanese kites to total about 700 children and flew the kites with them. (The Japan Foundation) (CARIBBEAN ISLANDS)

September: I attended The International Kite Festival in Dieppe. (Dieppe, FRANCE)
2001 February: I attended Kites on Ice 2001 as a guest kiteflier, and had kite making workshops for kids and adults. (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

October: I attended the A.K.A.(The American Kitefliers Association) national convention. I had my kites exhibition at the hotel we staid. (Billings, Montana, U.S.A.)

October: I attended Seal Beach Kite Festival in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids before the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2002 February: I attended Kites on Ice 2002 as a guest kiteflier, and had kite making workshops for kids and adults. (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)

April: I attended Cervia International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Cervia, ITALY)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

July: I had kite-picture demonstrations at the Portland Art Museum. (Portland, Oregon, U.S.A)

September: I attended The International Kite Festival in Dieppe. (Dieppe, FRANCE)

September: I attended The Kite Festival in Marseilles. (Marseilles, FRANCE)

October: I attended Seal Beach Kite Festival in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids before the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2003 January: I attended the kite festivals at four places in India, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Goa, as a guest kiteflier. (INDIA)

March: I attended 20th annual Fort Worden Kitemakers Conference as a teacher, and taught the people how to make Japanese Yakko kites at the workshops. (Washington, U.S.A.)

July: I attended the Bedford International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Bedford, U.K.)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

September: My kite friends and I had workshops of Japanese kites and 3D kites for the students at Stephens College, one week. (Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.)

September: I attended Seal Beach Kite Festival in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids before the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2004 February: I attended Kites on Ice 2004 as a guest kiteflier, and had kite making workshops for kids and adults. (Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.)

April: I attended the Grinnell Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Grinnell, Iowa, U.S.A.)

May: I attended the Swindon Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Swindon, U.K.)

May: I attended the Cleethorpes Kite Festival a guest kiteflier. (Cleethorpes, U.K.)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

August: I attended The Tokyo Style in Stockholm as a guest. I had demonstrations of kite picture drawing and the seminar of the Japanese kites. (Stockholm, Sweden)

September: I attended Seal Beach Kite Festival in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

September: I had a Japanese kite making workshop for adults at the paper shop, HIROMI PAPER, in Santa Monica. (Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.)

October: I visited a primary school, and had Japanese kite making workshops for students. (Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.)

October: I attended the A.K.A.(The American Kitefliers Association) national convention Seaside Oregon. (Oregon, Washington, U.S.A.)
2005 March: I attended "Doha Cultural Festival 2005/ Visual Art Gathering" in Qatar as a guest. I had my kite exhibition ( about 80 kites) at the festival. I had the Japanese kite making workshops for children and teachers at the festival in Doha. I had kite flying demonstrations at there. (Doha, QATAR / the Middle East)

April: I attended Cervia International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Cervia, ITALY)

June: I attended the Bedford International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Bedford, U.K.)

July: I attended Sunderland International Kite Festival as a guest kiteflier. (Sunderland, U.K.)

August: I attended "Washington State International Kite Festival" in Long Beach, WA, and had a kite making workshop at a tent. (participants: about 200 people). (Long Beach, Washington, U.S.A.)

September: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2006 May: I attended "Daimon Kite Festival", and had a kite making workshop at a primary school in Imizu city.(Toyam prefecture, Japan)

June: I attended "the Kite Festival in Saint-Honore 2006"as a guest kiteflier. (Saint-honore, Quebec, Canada.)

September:
I had a kite making workshop for kids at "Pacific Asia Museum" (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

September: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2007 February: Kite builder, Mr. Greg Kono who is the third-generation Japanese-American visited my Kite Studio 5 days, and learned about Edo-kite from me. He finally could make an assembly Edo-kaku-Dako (Japanese rectangular kite) 1.2 meters height.

September: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2008 February: I had a kite making workshops for kids at "The Beachport Festival", and had kite flying demonstrations at there. (Beachport, Australia)

March: I attended "10th Thailand International Kite Festival" as a guest kiteflier. (Cha-Am, Thailand)

April: I attended "Philippine-Japan KITE Making & Flying INVITATIONS" with 6 members of our Edo-kite Preservation Society, and had the exhibition of many Edo-kaku-dakos and the history of Japanese kites with the Philippine kites and their history which are peppered by "Philippine Kite Association" at the shopping mall in Manila, Philippine. We had Japanese kite making workshops for kids and adults at the mall. We had kite flying demonstrations at the kite festival. (Manila, Philippine)

May: I attended "Redcliffe Kitefest"as a guest kiteflier. (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia)

August: I had my 2nd kite exhibition "The Kite Craze / The kites of Mikio Toki" at "Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art" in Israel, from August to November, and had workshops for kids and adults at the museum. I had kite flying demonstrations and "Candy Drops for kids" at the kite festival held in Haifa Student Beach. (Haifa, ISRAEL)

October: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 600 students) after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

2009 February: I attended "NIHONGO FIESTA" with 3 members of our "Edo-kite Preservation Society", and had the exhibition of many Edo-kaku-dakos and the history of Japanese kites with the Philippine kites at the shopping mall in Manila, Philippine. We had Japanese kite making workshops for kids and adults at the mall, and had kite flying demonstrations at the kite festival. (Manila, Philippine)


March:
I attended "Adelaide International Kite Festival" in Australia, WA, and had a kite making workshop for kids and high school students at a there. (Adelaide, Australia.)


May:
I attended "Redcliffe Kitefest"as a guest kiteflier, and had a kite making workshop at the festival. (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia)

June:
I attended "The First San Vito International Kite Festival"as a guest kiteflier. (San Vito Lo Capo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy)

August:
I attended "Income Kite Festival Singapore" as a guest kiteflier. (Singapore)

October:
I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 900 students) after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

2010

May: I attended "Redcliffe Kitefest"as a guest kiteflier. I visited a Japanese Class at the school in Redcliffe and had a kite making workshop with 32 students. (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia)

September
: I attended "Income Kite Festival Singapore" as a guest kiteflier. I had ORIGAM-kite making workshops at the festival. (Singapore)

October: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 700 students) after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

October: We had the festival with kite flying at the campsite where very close from the Mt. Fuji. I had Ori-zome (Shibori) kite making workshops at there.(Asagirikogen Shizuoka, Japan)
2011 August: I had my 3rd kite exhibition "The Kite Craze / The kites of Mikio Toki" at "Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art" in Israel, from August to November, and had workshops for kids and adults at the museum. I had kite flying demonstrations at the kite festival held in Haifa Student Beach. (Haifa, ISRAEL)

October: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited some schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 1000 students) before and after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

November: Published my kite making book, "Marugoto Tako Tako Kite"for children with Ikadasha.
2012 April: I attended "Uiseong International Kite Festival 2012" as a guest kiteflier.(Uiseong, South Korea)

August: I attended "WSIKF (the Washngton State International Kite Festival in Long Beach" as a guest kiteflie.(Washington State, U.S.A.)

October: I attended "Seal Beach Kite Festival" in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited 12 schools and had kite making workshops for kids (more than 1000 students) before and after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2013 May: I attended "Redcliffe Kitefest"as a guest kiteflier. (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia)

July: I had a workshop and demonstrations at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. The museum had the exhibition of Japanese traditional Kites, "Tako Kichi KITE CRAZY IN JAPAN" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

July:
The first selling my kites at "International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

October:
I attended "13th ANNUAL JAPAN AMERICA KITE FESTIVAL" at Seal Beach in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited 14 elementary schools and had kite making workshops for kids (more than 1200 students) before and after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)

October:
We had "Ori-zome Kaku-dako Kite workshop for adults" at the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles. "Ori-zome" is one of Japanese traditional arts, and one of "Shibori". Folded Washi paper, dip in the color (dye) and press it, then made very interesting and colorful patterns. After dry the paper, we made Kaku-dako kite from it.(Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2014 March: I had workshops and demonstrations at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe. The museum had the exhibition of Japanese traditional Kites, "Tako Kichi KITE CRAZY IN JAPAN" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

July: The second attendance of the market for selling my kites at the "International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

August
: I attended the "Kite festival in Denver"as a guest kiteflier, and had kite making workshops at the festival. (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.)

September: I attended the "Redcliffe Kitefest"as a guest kiteflier. (Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
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October:
I attended "14th ANNUAL JAPAN AMERICA KITE FESTIVAL" at Seal Beach in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited 15 elementary schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 1500 students) before and after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
2015 July: The third attendance of the market for selling my kites at the "International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

August: I attended the "Kite festival in Denver"as a guest kiteflier, and had kite making workshops at the festival. (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.)

October: I attended "15th ANNUAL JAPAN AMERICA KITE FESTIVAL" at Seal Beach in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited 15 elementary schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 1300 students) before and after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)
 

2016

February: I attended "OTAKI BEACH KITE FESTIVAL" at Otaki Beach, Wellingtong as a guest kiteflier. I visited a College, a High School and other, and had kite making workshops (about 90 people) before the festival. We made "ORIZOME KAKU DAKO" using WASHI paper and bamboo sticks.
(Otaki Beach, Wellingtong, New Zealand)

July: The forth attendance of the market for selling my kites at the "International Folk Art Market: Santa Fe" (Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.)

October: I attended the "Kite festival in Denver"as a guest kiteflier. I visited elementry schools in Denver, and had kite making workshops at the schools. (Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.)

October:
I attended "16th ANNUAL JAPAN AMERICA KITE FESTIVAL" at Santa Monica Beach in Los Angeles as a guest kiteflier. I visited 16 elementary schools and had kite making workshops for kids (about 1400 students) after the festival. (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.)



My kites have preserved at following museums

The Kite Museum of Japan Kite Association in Tokyo.
Sio-to-Tobacco Museum in Tokyo.
Uchinada Kite Museum in Ishikawa prefecture.
Yokaichi Odako Kaikan Museum in Shiga prefecture.
The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, U.S.A.


My kites are also on display at shopping centers, at hotels,
at the premises of large companies and in public gardens
as one of the New Year's decorations in Japan, every year.

Address: 6220-3 Hongo Chosei-son Chosei-gun Chiba 299-4345 JAPAN
PHONE/FAX: 81-475-32-7708
E-mail: tokikite@nifty.com
URL: http://kite.life.coocan.jp


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