Monday, May 10, 2010

Children's Day Koinobori

Children's Day is May 5. Traditionally, colorful carp streamers, or koinobori,  are flown to celebrate the festival, for the fish, which swims upstream to spawn, symbolizes strength. It is hoped that children, particularly boys, will emulate the carp. I saw a few of these decorations on my cycling trip even though the celebration had ended several days earlier.

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