May 06, 2013

鯉のぼり - Koinobori - Carp Streamer

Koinobori (鯉幟), meaning "carp streamer" in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no Sekku (端午の節句), a traditional calendrical event which is now designated a national holiday; Children's Day. 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. They are also known as satsuki-nobori (皐幟).
Children's Day takes place on May 5. Landscapes across Japan are decorated with koinobori from April to early May, in honor of sons and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

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Paulina said...

Your blog is very interesting. I've learnt something new about Japanese tradition. I didn't know that Children's Day is on 5 May. For example in Poland, we have Children's Day on 1st June. I also know now for what are carp streamers. :)

Greetings from Poland! :)

Unknown said...

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