Friday, May 04, 2007

Happy Kodomo-no-hi!

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!

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At 4:40 PM, Blogger Anne Margaret said...

so cool!!!

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Looks like y'all had a great time! :)


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