Children’s Day takes place annually on 5th May in Japan to honour the personalities of children, promote their well-being and thanking their mothers. 

Koinobori: carp-painted wind socks

Originally known as Tango-no-sekku, meaning Boy’s festival in Japanese, it was to celebrate the growth of sons in the family by putting up different colours of Koinobori, or carp-painted wind socks, and displaying miniature suits of armour. Carps represent strength and courage as they swim upstream and symbolised the traditional model personality for boys.

Although there is no longer Boy’s festival, Koinobori ‘swimming’ in the sky has remained as Japan’s annual seasonal landscape for Children’s Day.

Photo credit: Dr Yasunobu Funakoshi