- Posted April 1, 2014 by
In Japan - kodomo no hi〜celebration
May 5th is called "Kodomo-no-hi". Traditionally,it is a celebration for boys. Many families decorate a "kabuto" which is a samurai helmet or a "gogatsu ningyou", a samurai doll. It is believed that they protect boys' health and happiness. We also fly "Koinobori" outside of our houses. Koinobori are big carp-shaped streamers on a long pole. The pole is about 5-6 meters tall, so on windy days, the carps look like they are swimming in the sky. They symbolize future success because carps are said to climb waterfalls without giving up.