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Int’l kites-flying show wheld in Nantong

November 25th, 2006 . by Darin

Photo taken on Nov. 25, 2006 shows an elder and his hawk-shaped kite called “Banyao” in Nantong, a city of east China’s Jiangsu Province, Nov. 25, 2006. The international kites-flying show was held in Nantong on Saturday and attracted a great number of kite fans. The kite “Banyao” was more striking than others as it produced sounds while flying. (Xinhua Photo)

Umm…


12 Responses to “Int’l kites-flying show wheld in Nantong”

  1. comment number 1 by: Toshiharu Honda

    What seems to be the problem ? Tainted national flags ?
    Japan does not have any exclusive right to use red circles.

  2. comment number 2 by: Darin

    Who said anything about a flag?

  3. comment number 3 by: helical

    I don’t see what the issue is here.
    It seems like the same design motif used for the Japanese flag (red circle on white) is used as a part of the design for this kite, but like Toshiharu Honda says, it’s not exactly something that Japan can claim exclusivity to. It’s not being used in a derogatory or insulting manner either.

  4. comment number 4 by: Darin

    Does anyone remember this? Personally I think this resembles a Japanese flag much more then the ancient Chinese painting. Apartently you two also see a strong resemblence to a Japanese flag to make statements about the Japanese flag when there was no mention of it otherwise.  I don’t know why you seem to think I’m posting this saying anything about the legitimacy of using the color red (in fact I said nothing more then, “Umm…”).  I just think it’s rather interesting that there seems to be no fuss of the kites like there was over the video game.

  5. comment number 5 by: helical

    Darin,
    Sorry, my misunderstanding.
    I didn’t know if your “umm” is out of concern for the kite-flyer’s well-being from an angry mob that’s to be expected for a stunt (in their eyes) like this, or it was trying to point out how foolish of the Chinese to put a Japanese flag on their kite after claiming to hate Japan so much, or something to that nature.

    Ideally, I’d think the range of reaction that one would get from a crowd for flying a kite with a foreign country’s symbol on it, would range from confusion (“what? why did you put that there?”) to slight amusement (“huh, I guess it’s cool that you like them”). So if that’s all this elder got for flying this kite, then I think that’s a welcome change, though the caption doesn’t mention one way or the other…

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    Darin
    I think China is changing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkn50mYAdLk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkn50mYAdLk
    (Japanese TV program where did the Chinese patriot who was anti-Japanese?)
    Chinese government is suppressing anti-Japanese movement among Chinese young people.

  7. comment number 7 by: CasinoRoyale

    Cool Kite. Are there any other pictures from the kite show? Who won?

  8. comment number 8 by: Darin

    http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=729

    Another example of something causing in trouble because it looks like the Japanese flag.

    Japan does not have any exclusive right to use red circles.

    Perhaps red circles are okay, but non-colored circles may be seen by the Shanghai government as Japanese symbols.

    The inconsistency is what is amazing.

  9. comment number 9 by: showgee

    Hi. CR
    I have flown a kite on the Web and touched down on the following site.
    http://www.gombergkites.com/update/371.html
    This type of kite seems to be spelt 板鹞风筝 in Chinese.
    板鹞 is pronouced “Banyao” and means “board Sparrowhawk“, I guess.
    风筝 part means “wind harp”. So, I guess in ancient China kite-flying was not only just for people to watch but for them to listen to the sound.
    A poet in Tang Dyanasty left a well-known poem on the kite; they seems to have flown a kite even at night.
    夜静弦音响碧
    宮商信任往来風
    依稀似曲才堪听
    又被風吹別調中
    By the way,I used to fly a hand-made kite in winter when I was a kid like this with Mt.Fuji as a background.
    HTH

  10. comment number 10 by: ponta

    Darin

    Another example of something causing in trouble because it looks like the Japanese flag.

    Here is still another example
    the design similar to Japanese navy flag on the bridge is causing anger among Chinese people The truth was the place was called “The sun castle” so the design of the sun was painted, but Chinese people , it is said, were angry at it.

    Probably , the Chinese government has directed its people to believe that anything which can be interpreted as symbolizing the past Japanese militarism should be attacked. Yasukuni is the case in point.
    But this is going too far. The program was so successful that Chinese government sometimes find it hard to control it.
    I think Chinese government has changed its policy since Abe took office. I’m not sure if i can be optimistic, but I hope it will continue.
    What Chinese people need is freedom of speech so that Chinese people can judge on their own.

  11. comment number 11 by: mattrosencrance

    All of this barbaric ubernationalism is nothing new for East Asia. The only impressive part is that for the most part they piss and moan about inconsequentials despite that the volume and supposed gravity of their nonsense is reminiscent of Europe before Archduke Francis Ferdinand got capped.

    Be it Dokdo or representations of the Japanese flag here and there, for parallel phenomena it all boils down to representations of the Virgin Mary on a tortilla in an illiterate ranchero town, except it’s directed outwardly and inspires anger instead of wonder.

    Having lived in Korea and just returned to the US, I can draw a parallel to help you understand the behavior. US feminists are not an oppressed people, yet they seek out confrontations and create gender identity problems, which they subsequently ‘solve’ with ‘research’. A little less ego and taking an inventory as to what the real challenges in one’s life might be, could prevent such ass-baring behavior.

    Similarly, the particular Koreans (and I imagine the Chinese as well) who get all fired up about Japan have real challenges in life, but because they are powerless or unwilling to tackle them, this frustration has to manifest somewhere. These respective governments have fueled those fires, as any reader of this site or anyone who’s lived in either nation well knows.

    Upon asking any of my former Korean uni students about their hatred of Japan or the US, the conversation alway easily segued into their worries about not being able to find a job or a girl – every time. Who are the vociferous Chinese in this example? The same guys in Korea who would rather spend eight hours in a PC방 than going out to get that job, learning how to be an entrepreneur despite the curruption of their system or manning-up to get that girl.

    This is the reason that you don’t see this kind of stuff (as often, if ever) coming out of Singapore or the Phillipines – they’re too busy being grown-ups.

    So you see East Asians and US feminists should get together and talk about their respective chimerical woes. It’d be a great debate to watch.

  12. comment number 12 by: tomato

    To equate the Japanese flag with the Nazi flag (or the swastika) is totally crude. The Nazi flag has become a symbol of racial hatred and intorelance that led to the “final solution”, and it’s much more than plain old nationalism. People who do not recognize this substantial difference are making fools out of themselves.

    I recall the current Korean president tried to compare the holocaust with the Japansese administrtation of Korea, but was confronted by angered Jews who called him nonsense.