We invited friends over today to celebrate Japan's Children's Day, a national holiday, once Boys' Day, celebrating the healthy growth of all children.
A symbol of the holiday is the fish-shaped windsock, representing fish swimming upstream. Parents hope that their children will overcome obstacles as they grow up and become adults.
And here are my little swimmers:
We stocked up on Japanese snacks, hung a few windsocks, folded hats - and we were ready!
Here are the kids making their own carp windsocks ...
and hanging them in the trees. They looked so pretty:
And here is the traditional turn-your-friend-up-side-down-upon-meeting greeting:
And after that , it was time for the samurai hats...
and the samurai fights!
We used the traditional iris leaves as mock swords. They pack quite a sting if you get slapped by one.
We were lucky with the prettiest weather and very fun friends.
What a fun day!