FC: Children's Day of Japan | By Aaron Lallement
1: Children's Day of Japan | By Aaron Lallement
3: In America we celebrate Father's Day, and Mother's Day as a day to honor our moms and dads. In Japan they celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of their children on the fifth of May.
5: Families with boys hang colorful carp kites, one for each boy in the house. In Japanese culture the carp represents courage and perseverance. The carp kites represent each family's wish for their sons to grow up brave and strong.
7: Traditionally models of Kintaro, a Japanese folk hero, are put on display in Japanese homes. Boys wear the traditional helmets of the Samurai, the noble warriors of Japan on Children's Day. Both the Kintaro model and Samurai helmets represent the wish for their sons to be brave and strong.
9: On May 5th each year, events highlighting children are held throughout the country. These events include parades and plays performed by children.
11: On Children's Day families take baths with iris leaves and roots because the Iris is said to promote good health and ward off evil. A traditional treat on Children's Day is kashiwamochi. Kashiwamochi is a rice cake wrapped in oak leaves and filled with a sweet bean paste.
13: Resources http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/childrens_day_japan.htm http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/calendar/may/children.html