Hata Fighting Kite

Object ID: 1987.002.001
Object: Hata Fighting Kite Depicting a Carp Leaping a Waterfall, colored paper, bamboo, string
Place of Origin: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan
Artist: Shigeyoshi Morimoto
Date: Shōwa Period, c 1970s or 1980s
Size: 39×42
Credit: Gift of Katsumi Yamamura

Hata decoration is not painted or printed on the kite face. Rather, kites are made from pre-colored paper that is cut and pasted together. The motif of the leaping carp is auspicious, and is meant as a lesson in perseverance for young boys. It was adopted from a Chinese tale of a sturgeon that tried repeatedly to leap a waterfall in order to soar into heaven and be reborn as a dragon.