Japan's historic kite festival

The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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A kite, decorated with national flags and measuring 2 metres tall, 9 meters long is readied for flight during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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Dozens of people pull a rope to raise a jumbo kite measuring 13 meters tall and 2 meters wide during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The origin of Yokaichi Odako kite festival 1841, late of Edo period as the festival held fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)
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People launch kites during the Yokaichi Odako, annual big kite festival on May 26, 2013 in Yokkaichi, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. The Yokaichi Odako kite festival dates from 1841, the Edo period, and is held on the fourth Sunday of May every year. (Getty Images)