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Kotsumaika Kites
Kotsumaika kites are said to have been initially made at the end of the shogunate and later produced for export purposes in the Meiji and Taisho periods. There were many kinds of Kotsumaika; however, the operation was scrapped in the Taisho period, and there are no remaining examples of the old kites complete with skeleton. The kites are very unique, with a distinctive pattern in the middle, and are constructed in a manner that allows them to catch wind from both sides. They also feature attachments known as sleeves or packing, which flow and flutter in the breeze. A number of examples of the varied designs and colors of the kites are stored in the tower of Osaka Castle.
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