Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day

Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day to you or I is a traditional annual event that takes place as part of Golden Week on May 5th. The idea of this public holiday is to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness – it is a much loved event in Japan and everyone gets involved.

Before the big day thousands of families across Japan raise carp-shaped koinobori flags in their gardens or from there balconies – one for each child in the family.

In Japanese folklore, the carp is a symbol of determination and vigor, as it is believed that they can overcome all obstacles they face when swimming upstream. Samurai warrior figurines and samurai kabuto – a type of helmet are also displayed in homes to inspire strength and bravery in children.

It is a wonderful time of the year and a busy time for photography studios. Many families go to the studios, have their kids put on the warrior clothes and get professional snaps taken. And of course, this is an excuse to feast on traditional Japanese sweets like mochi – because…. why not!

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