Most things in modern Japanese culture come from the Edo period between 1603 and 1868, so named because it was when the great city of Edo (now called Tokyo) was established and flourished. One of these things that started as a game at that time but became a custom that remains until today is the flying of kites on the first days of the year. The idea is that by flying a kite, like the New Year's Greetings Red Ornamental Kite, people are hoping their health and wealth will similarly soar in the skies!
Made of fine-quality paper, the New Year's Greetings Red Ornamental Kite is vividly colored and features two characters that read "geishun," which are the Japanese equivalent of "greetings for the new year" but literally mean "welcoming the spring," because the old lunar calendar started with the beginning of spring. Even after the holiday season is over, this eye-catching combination of red, white, and gold looks great in any space!
Specs and Features:
- Dimensions: 72 x 49 cm (2.4 x 1.6")
- Materials: paper, bamboo