Flying Japanese kites for friendship
By Sonia K

The Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam and the Brunei-Japan Friendship Association (BJFA), in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, an internationally renowned official organisation for cultural exchanges, are organising a Japanese Kite-Flying Workshop and Demonstration in Brunei Darussalam in conjunction with His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam's 61st birthday celebrations.

The event is supported by the Brunei Kite Federation and the Japanese Association in Brunei.

Two experts from Japan, Mr and Mrs Eiji Ohashi, will come to Brunei for the workshop and demonstration. Mr Eiji Ohashi was born in 1931 and graduated from the Agricultural Department of Tokyo University. He has many years of experience in international-level kite competitions and exhibitions in such countries as Italy, the Netherlands, Jamaica, USA, UK, West Germany, Russia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Malaysia, Australia, Brazil, India, Paraguay and Papua New Guinea. Mr Ohashi has also published several books on kites.

This event will be split into three parts. First, a kite workshop for students at Dato Mohd Yassin Primary School, Mentiri, will be held on July 28 at 9.00am. A kite demonstration will also be held at 10.30am in the schoolyard.

The second part will be a kite workshop for UBD students on July 29 at 1.30pm at the Pelangi Hall, Riverview Hotel.

A kite-flying demonstration on July 29 at 4.00pm at Tungku Beach will be open to the public, free of charge. The Brunei Kite Association will organise events such as candy-dropping from kites in flight.

The main objective of these events is to provide Bruneians with knowledge and experience on Japanese kites, which are famous for their uniqueness. - Borneo Bulletin (25th July 2007)