Children's Day in Japan
In Japan, the 5th May is the Children's Day. The families with boys will put carp-shaped windsocks called Koinobori outside of their house. This custom was started in the Ero period (1603-1868). They are made by drawing patterns on materials such as fabric, non-woven fabric or paper.
If you visit Japanese small towns or residental areas in early May, you will often see this Koinobori flying in the wind.
Another item that is often decorated in a house with boys is Kabuto (Samurai-worrior's helmet).
This is to wish the boys in the family will grow up without any health issues or accidents.
In Japan, there are many seasonal evente that have special food related to the event.
One of them is called Chimaki, which is a sweet made of sticky rice. This is mainly eaten in the western part of Japan.
Another food often eaten around this day is Kashiwa-mochi. It is kind of rice cake with red bean paste inside. Kashiwa is Japanese emperor's oak and it is wrapped in the leaf of Kashiwa.
(Photo: Kashiwa mochi)
Why not visit Japan in this beautiful season and enjoy this event?