Rokkaku Kites

Reliable, High Flying Without Tails!

Rokkaku kites are dependable, steep fliers and tail-less. Here's a few we have seen over the years, with comments.

All Roks have one vertical spar and two bowed horizontal spars, forming a six-sided figure when covered with sail material. In theory, a single-point bridle could work, but most Roks have at least 4-point bridles to keep them steady in the air. Like the Dowel Rokkaku in the book cover over there on the right.

We've been to a few kite festivals over the years and taken plenty of photos. There's some Rokkaku pictures among them, so see below for a few large and elaborately decorated examples.

This Kabuki Rokkaku Koi on Amazon is a typical store-bought Rok.

Rokkaku Kites Seen At Festivals

Here's 6 Rokkakus, each with a unique decorative design on the sail. Firstly, 3 Roks with face designs from Japan. Yep, the 'real deal'. We saw these being flown by men in traditional kite-flying garb. Next comes a modern design, another traditional but non-face design and finally an ad for a local kite shop!

Rokkaku Kites - decorated with stern Asian face in sepia color schemeFearsome traditional Rok

This stern Sumarai looks like he is about to lop your head off with a sharp sword... At least, that was my first impression. It might actually be a Japanese deity or something else entirely! Anyway, it's a traditionally decorated Japanese Rokkaku.


Rokkaku Kites - decorated with fearsome toothy characterAnd another

For reasons known only to the Japanese, this fearsome toothy character has powdered his nose completely white... Another traditional Rokkaku.


Rokkaku Kites - featuring Japanese character with white noseAnother Rok face (har har)

What is it with the white noses? Another striking face on a Rok kite.


Rokkaku Kites - great 3D geometric pattern.Geometric decoration

I really like this design. A simple, but highly effective 3D graphic in bold colors. Perfect!


Rokkaku Kites - distinctly Asian design on this one.Brushwork?

Distinctly Asian in form and color, the painting on this large Rok really stood out against the pale blue sky. Nice one!


Rokkaku Kites - seen at a festival, advertising a local kite shopRoks make good bill-boards

So it's advertising a local kite shop... What the heck, it's a very nice Rok!

The Kabuki Rokkaku Koi is an example of a Rok kite which can be bought on-line - from Amazon in this case.

Out In The Field

Rokkaku kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

There's our Dowel Rokkaku in flight, in the video above...

That's about it for this page on Rokkakus. Hope you enjoyed the pics!

E-book special of the month...

Barn Door is a traditional American design, and this MBK version has delighted many of this site's visitors over the years.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite is only a small step up in difficulty.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Barn Door kite. Down to a mere $2.95 for this month.

The MBK Barn Door is a reliable flyer over the Light to Moderate wind range. Tail(s) are entirely optional, if the kite is made according to the instructions.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7