Kodomo No Hi (Children’s Day)

Kodomo no Hi — こどもの日 (Children’s Day) is a national holiday in Japan that occurs on May 5th. Traditionally, this holiday was celebrated as Boy’s Day, but after World War II, the holiday was changed to celebrate all children’s happiness.

In Japan, days before the holiday begins, you’ll see beautiful koi flags called “koinobori” raised, blowing in the wind as if they are swimming. The black koi represents the father, the red koi the mother, and the blue koi is the son. There are additional colors for younger sons (I don’t think the girls get to have a koi flag – some traditions just can’t be changed it seems!).

San Francisco’s Japantown is celebrating Kodomo no Hi today. Check it out if you are in the area!


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