Monday, January 13, 2020

Running with Wind

Kite-flying is one of the popular traditional childhood pastime during the New Year holiday.
My grandchildren headed for the nearby multipurpose grounds with a kite in each hand.
The day was so windy that kites easily flew up to the sky.
They enjoyed kites dancing in the air feeling the tug of the strings.

Y and F, Jan. 1, 2020
The photo below is four years ago 
when the eldest F was five.
She had to run across the park with hardly any wind
after a kite was tossed up into the air.

Kites flew along with lots of wind
 rising up to the sky through clouds.
When one child carelessly let go of the spool of string,
the kite looked having gained freedom
but unfortunately the runaway kite got tangled in a tree.

Photos from 2015 to 2020

The youngest will be running wild in the park, too, next year.
Each child is happy to be outdoors even in the cold wind
as is called "child of Wind" in Japanese saying.

M and boy Y, 2020

Last but not least...,
I had hoped the start of a promising New Year
but things don't look so easy.
My prayers and thoughts for all who/which have struggled to survive
in disasters both natural and man-made.

Wish you, Friends, good health and peace of mind for 2020.
When there comes strong wind, may you can rise high against the wind 
like a kite.

Linked to Mosaic Monday


  1. I used to have a kite which I flew with the disabled children I used to look after, they loved it. I remember once reading that raising children is like flying a kite: if you hold them too tightly then they never get the chance to fly, but if let go of them completely then they soon crash. The trick is to give them just enough freedom but always maintain some control, then they fly beautifully.

  2. It's true the New Year has not started peacefully or well and I hope it improves soon. At least I hope the children can enjoy being children as they fly the lovely kites in the wind. Wishing you a wonderful 2020 full of peace, good health and love. xx

  3. Any child should have a kite !!! It's so fun !!! For children and adults ;)
    Lovely pictures !!!
    Have a cozy week !

  4. Hello, love the pretty colorful kites. Looks like a fun time for all. I wish you all the best in 2020, a happy & healthy New Year! Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy new week!

  5. It looks nice! The kids probably like flying a kite.

  6. Both the kite in your first photo and the face of your grandchild look beautiful and open to the flow of the world. Like you, I had high hopes for the start of this year and was saddened by all that has happened. But I must think positively that somehow things will be better. Sometimes we get stuck and then we get unstuck.

  7. What a wonderful tradition! And what fun it must have been!! Have a wonderful week!

  8. I like how you ended the true and encouraging. I love to see kites but rarely see them here. Maybe when we go to the beach we'll see some! Beautiful photos!

  9. Stardust - so pleased to have you return to Mosaic Monday, and with such an optimistic post. Hopefully everyone has had a kite experience during their childhood - it can be such a magical time. Whenever I think of kites, it reminds me of the Mary Poppins story - those children had a rough go for a bit, but it all worked out in the end. May 2020 bring you joy and peace!

  10. My grandchildren love to fly kites but sometimes it is hard to find a place that is safe.... no electric cables or trees. I remember making a kite out of wood, newspaper and string when I was a little child. We were not very rich.... we made a lot of our own fun!
    Happy 2020 to you and your family. Yes, the year has not started very well for many people around the world. Let us hope for happiness, justice and peace.

  11. Estas cometas me traen muy buenos recuerdo Yoko.
    Bonitos cielos con esos colores. Unas fotos muy alegres.
    Te deseo un buen miércoles.
    Un abrazo.

  12. Even though the weather is cold, it is a wonderful time to spend outdoors. Your grandchildren will always remember the happy moments shared with you.

  13. Even Bob and I love to fly kites, Yoko. We often do at the beach. I like you analogy linking life to a gracefully flying kite. I'll remember that image in my mind when life begins to toss me around a bit! Your littlest grand is a beauty. Yes, next year she'll be running with the others.

  14. thank you for sharing this dear Yoko

    here there is flying kits is really a popular tradition , it is celebrated specially in the beginning of March in our country where flower shows and flying kits are main events of the festival

    i enjoyed seeing your precious grandchildren flying kite so much :)
    winds are to rise higher indeed ,without them no one would find how skilled and blessed he is i believe
    blessings to your days my friend!

  15. I love to watch the kites dance in the wind, but I only usually see when I go to the summer beach.
    Beautiful photos.
    Have a wonderful year.
    Hugs from Portugal

  16. Dear Yoko,
    we can only hope for the best. And your fascinating pictures inspire this hope – skies, pure eyes and joys. Wishing you, your wonderful grandchildren and the whole family a healthy peaceful year.
    I’m afraid, I missed the meaning: what is called "child of Wind" in Japanese saying?

  17. 凧あげをしたのはいつの頃だったか....遠い遠い昔の記憶。

  18. Such a lovely thing to do with children, family and friends. Your photos are lovely.

  19. Kites can symbolise life. We must untangle them when they get caught in the tree! Kite flying is a lovely activity to do with children. Happy New Year to you and your family, Yoko!


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