Koinobori Festa at Takatsuki City, Osaka Pref, 2015
The 5th of May is Chidlren's Day, a national holiday set in 1948,
to celebrate healthy growth and happiness of all the children.
Koinobori, huge Carp-shaped windstocks, are flown customarily to celebrate Children's Day.
Originally the fifth day of the fifth month was Tango no Sekku, celebration for boys,
while the third day of the third month, Hina Matsuri (Dolls' Testival) for girls.
In April prior to the Children's Day, many houses with boys used to let the Carp Streamers
swim and dance in the air in my childhood.
Gradually they disappeared from urban areas without enough space for them not to tangle with utility wires.
"Between the overlapping waves of roof tiles and waves of clouds,
in Tachibana-citrus-scented morning breeze,
carp streamers are swimming high."
(Translation of the first stanza of children's song "Koinobori".)
When the song was released 1913, roofs were exclusively made of Japanese tiles
which looked like waves or fish scales.
Carp upstreams the rapids with full of energy and power.
It stands for courage and determination to attain high goals by overcoming obstacles.
In a legend, when a carp swims up waterfalls, it becomes a dragon right away.
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Carp Streamers Festival has gotten popular nationwide year by year
utilizing many donated carp streamers which are not used at home.
The photos are from the Carp Streamers Festa held at the riverbank of the Akuta-gawa River,
Takatsuki City, Osaka Pref, in 2015.
It features the carp streamers made by the kindergarteners of the city
in addition to the donated traditional ones.
Five sites of Carp Streamers Festival nationwide
At home, I displayed a set of Boy's Day Warrior Dolls for the first time in 7 years
since my grandson Y was 1-year-old.
The set was presented by my father for my son's first Boy's Festival.
Y turned 8 on the 1st of May.
He has grown experiencing wide range of different things.
He loves soccer and painting above all.
This sunny boy will explore the world with his bright-eyed curiosity.
At 4 - 6
Last but not least....,
sadly not all children are happy.
In the peaceful stillness, in the flickering light through fresh verdure,
I stood quiet humbled in awe in front of this Jizo, a Guardian of children
including unborn babies and the children who died young.
He tries to help the weak with full of compassion and fortitude.
Wish all the children on this planet well-being.
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