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Children’s Day in Japan #02

Koinobori (carp streamers) for Children’s Day in Minamiuonuma, Niigata, Japan

As noted in last week’s post, May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. The holiday is to wish that children will be happy and healthy and will grow strong and have perseverance to try to achieve something despite difficulties.

One of the traditions of Children’s Day in Japan is to display “koinobori” (こいのぼり), which are carp streamers. 🎏

Carp are considered as a symbol of strength and perseverance because of their ability to swim upstream.

The pictures below were taken at another lakeside park near the mountains.

The carp displayed here are custom made and are adorned with the hand-written first names or nicknames of local children.

The colorful carp streamers, reflected in the lake together with the real carp that live there, and the cherry blossoms, patches of snow, and new green leaves on the surrounding hills make a stunning combination.

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