On May. 5th, we, the Japanese celebrate children's day. There are various customs seen on the day including displaying a model armor at home, eating rice damplings wrapped in leaves called Kashiwamochi, taking a special bath called Shobuyu and so on. Among these customs, I especially want to introduce a custom which is raising Koinobori or carp-shaped streamers. Originally, children's day was boys' day. Even today, families who have a boy traditionally raise carp-shaped streamers on a pole outside their houses. When I see those carp streamers everywhere in Japan, I strongly feel that this tradition is more impressive than others because it is connected with my precious memory. Yes. I have a son who already got married and aged 28. I raised small carp streamers from the balcony of apartment 28 years ago, two months after the birth of my son. The picture was taken today at the foot of Tokyo Sky Tree, with carp streamers fluttering in spring wind.
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