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Sakurai kites, made in the Mikawa region of Aichi Prefecture, are a tradition that goes back nearly 130 years. A distinguishing feature of these kites is the open-ended sleeves that flank the main kite. The various designs include the Fukusuke, Daruma (pictured), bird, bee, butterfly, and horsefly. The handcrafted, vividly colored kites are also popular as objects for interior decoration.
(Photo by Masatsugu Yokoyama; story on page 1.)
Aichi Prefecture is located roughly in the middle of the Japanese archipelago and is the nation's top industrial prefecture, being the home of Toyota Motor Corp. and other leading-edge manufacturers. It also has a rich history and cultural tradition that continue to enrich the lives of residents today. A number of large-scale projects are planned to lead the prefecture into the twenty-first century, including the 2005 World Exposition and a new international airport.

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