Children´s Day in Japan こどもの日


May 5 is Children’s Day こどもの日, a date in which families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their sons and daughters, and although it was originally designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1946, it dates back to the Nara Period when it was known as 端午の節句 and was a day to celebrate the perseverance and strength of boys.

It is usual to find many Koinobori (carp-shaped wind socks for Children’s day celebration in Japan) during this week not only because of the festival, but also because it is part of Golden Week.

A popular dish eaten during Children’s Day is 柏餅, an oak leaf wrapped mochi balls (sweet red bean paste stuffed rice cakes) because it does not shed its old leaves until new ones have grown, representing the growth of the children. (source)




{Image 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7} {GIF Pom Poko (1994)}


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