Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Carp family

Another custom of kodomo no hi is to raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags in front of the house. You see them all over Japan at this moment. The big black carp is the father, the smaller red one the mother - and then there is a small one for each boy; although some families now put one for each child.
The silk carps are also raised as decoration at lots of places, here at the cherry avenue along the Kitakami river.


Blogger isabella said...

Those are lovely, but...are there any carps for the girls?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Traditionally not - but some families now raise them for girls, too.

10:00 AM  

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