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The Japan International Birdman Rally


From a jetty jutting into Lake Biwa from the scenic Matsubara Beach in Hikone City, “bird men” — mildly insane people in human powered flying machines — will attempt to fly as far as possible into the lake.

Some of the contestants take things very seriously while others are in it more for the comedy value.


The event kicks off early — at 6:30 a.m. on Day 1 (Manpowered Propeller Aircraft Category) and at the unholy hour of 6 a.m. on Day 2 (Glider Category).

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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