Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lantern of Goldfish at the Airport

 (posted; Japanese culture page)
* We call Antirrhinum "kingyosou; 金魚草".  Literally means "goldfish flower" * 
     (I'll write the derivation of the name at the bottom.)

Through my cousin's Facebook, I learned about the display of "Lantern of Goldfish" at the Airport in my city. Rushed to go there to take pictures p;)   One of the cities in my prefecture (Yanai-city) has "goldfish lantern festival". It was originated through the idea of famous festival called Nebuta Matsuri and used the city's dyeing technique to make them. The lantern became its city's folk-craft article. Although I've never seen the festival, at least I could feel the atmosphere.

At almost all the festival, you find stalls which sell goldfish by scooping like this.

Antirrhinum was introduced into Japan late Edo-Period and became really popular.  
Through PC, I found 2 theories of naming the flower goldfish.
    * Antirrhinum's petal looks like puckered lips of the goldfish.
    * The whole shape of the flower look like goldfish's tail fin.
                          Haha, I don't know if you agree with these or not.
Thank you SO much for stopping by;  linking this post to  "Our World Tuesday".


  1. ✿✿·.

    Muito expressivo e alegre!
    Este festival é lindo!
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos do Brasil.¸¸

  2. Acho muito lindo isso.,Cores por todos os lados! beijos,chica

  3. Wow what a pretty display! I love the omikoshi very much. So cute!! Goldfish lantern festival sounds fun!
    Both theories of naming Antirrhinum make sense to me. And this is very pretty flower like goldfish :-)

  4. i looked up that flower - it is what we call snapdragon here! i do like the puckered lips of that bloom. very cool festival. those goldfish lanterns are beautiful!

  5. Chciałabym w takim festiwalu uczestniczyć, to musi wyglądać bajecznie. Rybki wyglądają wspaniale i można je porównać do kwiatków z góry. Pozdrawiam.
    I would like to participate in this festival, it has to look fabulous. Fish look great and can be compared to the flowers of the mountain. Yours.

  6. the goldfish lanterns are so beautiful!!!!
    i enjoyed ,also,the photo's in the link with all the darling children scooping goldfish! they looked like they were having so much fun!!

  7. Dearest Miyako,
    Great festival and glad you could catch those photos in time.
    As for Antirrhinum, as Theresa wrote already, we call them snapdragon but in The Netherlands we call them 'Leeuwenbekjes', wich means translated in English little Lion's mouths... Each language has a different meaning!
    Thanks for sharing these crafty Goldfish lanterns!

  8. Oh, I love those happy, colorful goldfish, my dear friend! I'm so sorry I'm limited on the internet right now, but they made me smile!

  9. In New Zealand we call them snapdragon as well. It's interesting to see the different names from different parts of the world.

    Have a lovely week,

  10. Hello Miyako, the Goldfish Lantern festival looks like fun. I love the lanterns with their puckered lips and fancy tail. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  11. Cute blog you have here, with lots of beautiful photography.

  12. thanks for the info, very nice.

  13. Hi dear Miyako. In England the common name is snapdragon as well. They come in such beautiful pastel colours. It was worth rushing to the airport to get those delightful photos of the goldfish display! Always good to hear of the festivals and customs in your country my friend. Hugs x

  14. Dearest Miyako sama!
    Goldfish Iantern festival I think of Nebuta matsuri festival are very nice Japaneses.
    Kingyosou Tukimachigata.
    watashimo mainitiga tanoshiku narimasu.

  15. You have the most wonderful festivals! Love the lanterns..and also enjoyed the link to the 'scooping of the goldfish' pictures. I think it makes sense that the flower looks like the fish tail.

  16. Fun post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon Tiver, Canada.

  17. Thank you for a little trip to Japan - extra special for me as we have just waved goodbye to our Japanese guests.