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.

2 Comments:

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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