Carp-shaped streamers in spring wind

by Hiroyuki

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.

If you get interested in various traditions in Japan, it is good for you to become members of my private tours and you definitely know more about it. Carp-shaped streamers in spring wind


13 Apr 2017

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As I am a 60 year old man, born in Tokyo, graduated from a university in Tokyo and worked for a leading paper wholesale company at its headquarters for 35 years, I am an Edokko or a native Tokyoite. I am familiar with various interesting places in Tokyo and the Kanto area such as historic spots, scenic beauty, entertainment, restaurants and so on. Although I basically provide several regular walking tours for visitors from abroad, I am willing to arrange your tour plan in a customized way according to your interest. If I receive your inquiry, I am ready to hear your interest and what you want to experience, and discuss your plan with you in advance.
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