Traditionally, May 5th, is "Boys Day" - but in 1948 that was changed to "Children's Day." Nevertheless, my Japanese friends up here continue to call it a BOYS DAY celebration. Late in April or early in May "Carp Flags" or kites begin to show up. Traditionally a big black one for the father, a red one for the mother and then different colored ones for each son. I also plan to buy koinobori (carp flags) before we leave. Here are a few shots of koinobori that a friend in Okinawa took, which I borrowed.
Another symbol for Boys Day (which is literally 5th of May but I can't quite remember all the Japanese) is the kabuto (samurai helmet). This is also a symbol of strength.
Last night Akikosan brought paper for us to do some seasonal crafts.
|MY carp had a bit of personality....|
|We all made kabutos but Nolan got the big one|
Dried Ramen noodles, Strawberry Crunky, mouse shaped consume flavored puffs, star shaped chocolate treats!
Living all of life before the face of God...