Sasaki Takatsuna Samurai New Year Ornamental Kite

Traditional Japanese Oshogatsu decoration

The Genpei War of the 12th century was the beginning of the rise of the samurai, Japan's legendary warrior class, and one of the strongest samurai commanders in that war was Sasaki Takatsuna, who fought on the side of Minamoto Yoritomo, the man who after his victory would become the first shogun. A favorite subject for all kinds of paintings for hundreds of years, Sasaki is usually seen riding the shogun's white horse, Ikezuki, to battle – just like how he is featured on the Sasaki Takatsuna Samurai New Year Ornamental Kite!

The vivid image of the historical commander isn't the only thing making the Sasaki Takatsuna Samurai New Year Ornamental Kite special. Kites of this rectangular type (103 x 72 cm, 3.4 x 2.4") are a traditional Japanese item that goes back to the 8th century and flying a kite was considered one of the ways to celebrate the new year. Flying high, the kite is a symbol for longevity, prosperity and strength, so is the perfect talisman to mark the start of a new year. And it's spectacularly beautiful too!

Specs and Features:

  • Dimensions: 103 x 72 cm (3.4 x 2.4")
  • Materials: paper, bamboo
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US$ 85