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May 1, 2019
Odakoage (Kite Fighting Festival), Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.
3rd - 5th May, 2019 | Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Pref.
Odakoage is a kite fighting festival in Hamamatsu that features huge garage-door size kites that are hoisted into the air
by teams of 20 or so men.
Each member of the team has a unique responsibility and the team is led by a captain, an honored position.
Neighborhoods sponsor the kite teams, and usually there is one kite for each first born son that is born in that neighborhood that year.
On the night before the competition there is much drunken merry making in the streets as the kite teams carry decorated floats
on their shoulders in a colorful procession.
Each float carries a musician that plays to the crowds.
On the day of the competition, the kites are raised in the air and matched against other kites in fights
in which kites get entangled in each other’s strings.
The lines of the kites are coated with glass and the idea is the severe the chords on the other kites and bring them crashing to the ground.
The winner is the team whose kite stays aloft he longest.
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