Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tango no Sekku - Boy's festival Japan

May 5 is Tango no Sekku - the Boy's festival in Japan - a day honoring little boys.  I understand (please correct me if I am wrong) that traditionally carp streamers are flown in Gardens and Samurai warrior dolls displayed in living areas along with other celebrations,special rice cakes etc. I read on wikipedia that it's now officially a childrens day in Japan and a public holiday.

We bought these beautiful carp streamers on a recent trip to Japan and are hanging them to remind us of all the children in Japan affected by the earthquake .

1 comment:

Miko said...

Beautiful - usually the carp streamers are to encourage boys to be strong and swim against the stream's course (they will need to be strong against life's challenges). for the girls the Emperor's court in doll form is displayed. Great you are celebrating!