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).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.