Thursday, May 5, 2011

Children's Day Koinobori

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Today is Childrens Day, and for the past week or so the koinobori, carp streamers, have been flying around Japan.

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Our local Chamber of Commerce puts up 2 strings of them across the Gonokawa river.

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This is the spot where the Suijin Matsuri will take place on May 5th.

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Though it is called Childrens Day, really its Boys Day as the girls celebrate Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival.

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The carp symbolize endurance and strength as they swim upstream.

2 comments:

  1. Great pictures! I especially like the fourth photograph, in which a red koinobori really does look like swimming upstream.

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  2. Beautiful photos, I love koinobori! (^_^)

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