Children`s Day in Japan

May 5th is Kodomo no Hi or Children’s Day in Japan.

Children`s Day in Japan is as colorful as a child imagination could be.

Children’s Day takes place on May 5, the last day of Golden Week, the largest break for workers and also a week in which businesses usually close for up to 9–10 days. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

Families fly koinobori banners in the shape of a carp (a type of fish) for each child in their house. In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, overcoming all obstacles to swim upstream.

Koi Noburi are carp-shaped wind socks  traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate  Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi, 子供の日).[1]These wind socks are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric. They are then allowed to flutter in the wind.

 

Traditionally, the set would contain a black koinobori representing the father, followed by a smaller, red koinobori representing his eldest son.

Japanese children doing what they do best, cuteness.