Sunday, May 4, 2014

Boy's festival;

 I'm linking this post to Our World Tuesday,
(note; This is a re-post of a bit revived version from 2012, wishing to introduce new fiends and friends from link above.)

May 5th is Children's Day or Boys Festival, one of the consecutive holidays in Japan. People decorate two items to pray for the health and prosperity of boys around this time of the year. One is the armor ←link and the other is carp streamer ←link.
This one is decorated at my cousin's house for her son.

Quoted from these two pages (wikipedia, Carp Streamer)
Koinobori, 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 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.

*The reason of why carp is used for the design 
The carp design is derived from a Chinese legend. In the legend, a carp which could successfully run up against a waterfall becomes a dragon (in Japan, it is believed that there are millions of gods and dragon is thought to be one of them). From this legend, carp is thought to be a symbol of success and people in Japan began to fly Carp Streamers to wish their child future success.

from the picture page with lots of them

contrast of carp streamer for old and new Japanese house

I've realized that these lovely carp streamers are not decorated as many as some decades ago. They makes us feel warm; thinking there is a boy in the house and the thoughts of the parents. Although it might be a tough job taking them out and put them back, I hope people keep following this lovely custom.

PS> To answer my Dear friend Ann's question, I'd like to add this picture. Typical one for each house has 3 carps and no way knowing how many boys in the house. Oh, I never thought about it; thank you very much Ann

Thank you very much for stopping by;
And I really appreciate for the old friends who kindly read this post.


  1. i like the custom and the legend of the carp/dragon, too. :)

  2. Dearest Miyako,
    This is a lovely tradition and those Carp streamers are very pretty!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful culture.

  3. Happy Kodomo-no-Hi!! This reminds me that a Japan is in a Golden Week?
    We have boys in my family in a Japan so they fly carps every year. And the city flies tons of carps over river and lake. I love those sights very much!
    I hope this tradition continues, too.

    Have a lovely evening and wonderful new week xoxo

  4. Hello Miyako, what a lovely tradition and celebration for the boys festival. The Carp streamers are pretty and look nice flying near the houses. Enjoy your day and week ahead!

  5. what a nice tradition. i love what your sister did. it looks very intricate. many well wishes on this special day~

  6. Dearest Miyako san!
    In Japan we had millions of gods and dragon are beautiful their child future sucees Mum & Dad are following our lovely custom.
    Yahari Japanese wa kiraini mucashino
    Otokono-ko no hinichi-desu.
    Have a nice day!
    We have raining day from a weeks and another two more days.

  7. your country has so many wonderful traditions and celebrations.
    the carp streamers are so pretty..i can imagine how lovely it is to see them all over!! do you fly one for each male in the home? or just 1 to show there is a boy or boys in the home?
    the armor is wonderful..the link you shared showed so many differently decorated pieces,all so special!! the one your cousin made is marvelous!!
    have a lovely week my friend!!! xo

  8. The carp streamers are so very beautiful. Thank you for telling us about this special holiday. Is there also a special Girls Festival when people pray for the health and prosperity of girls?

  9. Wonderful tradition. It's one I had never heard about before so thank you for telling us about it!

  10. I love the story of the carp, thanks for sharing. Lovely photos!

  11. What a nice tradition to have. Learning of other customs and cultures is so fascinating. Thank you for sharing your part of the world.

  12. It's a joy to read again about this Holiday and what it means. It is so different from any Holiday we celebrate, but I absolutely love the reason for it and wish we had something like it. Especially because we have three (now middle-aged) sons, four grandsons, and two great-grandsons. (And a daughter and two grand-daughters.) I understand very well how deeply parents wish for their children's future happiness and success and I too hope people in Japan continue to fly those streamers every year!

  13. I enjoyed reading about this tradition. I love all the carp blowing in the wind. They are so colorful.

  14. Miyako ~ always wonderful photos and post about your various traditions ~ Love fish flying ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol, (A Creative Harbor)

  15. What a wonderful, interesting post for the day, Miyako!! Love the flying fish and your photos are superb!! Thank you so much for sharing this celebration with us!! I hope you have a wonderful week!


  16. Thank you for explaining about the carp streamers. They look wonderful.

  17. very grateful to you for sharing with us so many cultural festivals you have. thanks.

  18. These are beautiful streamers Miyako, you have so many different customs and traditions. It's a treat to read about them.

  19. A very unique and colourful tradition.

  20. WHat a lovely tradition!

  21. This tradition like so many in Japan is very spectacular, I love your wonderful photos, it would be lovely to have flying fish fluttering in the breeze outside the house!
    Have a great week
    Wren x