"Edo" is the old name of Tokyo, and "dako" means a
kite. This rectangular kite is one of traditional Tokyo style kites. Sometimes,
we call this kite "Edo-Nishikie-dako". "Nishikie" is
a beautiful woodcut print used a lot of colors. It was popular in Edo period
( 1600-1868 ).
Edo-kite is usually flown with long bridle lines and a long hummer. The length of the bridle lines are almost 20 times ( or more ) as long
as the height of the kite. I usually put 14 or 17 bridle lines on the kite,
and fly it with no tail. In case of a big kite ( more than 2m hight ),
I will put 29 or 37 bridle lines, because the frame is different from small
Edo-Kites. In old time, there were people who flew Edo-Kites with short
bridle lines and long tails.
The kite pictures are drawn from the anecdote
of historical persons, old story books, the
Ukiyoe ( a woodcut print popular among the
common people during the Edo period ) and
the Kabuki. The kite-flying had been very
popular from the Edo period in Tokyo, but
now, we have few kite fields in Tokyo. This
is the problem in Tokyo.