festivals in japan

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Fuji-sakura flower festival, Shibazakura Garden, Japan.

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Children’s Day

May 5 is Children’s Day in Japan, which was traditionally known as tango no sekku - celebrating sons and fathers, but in 1948 was changed to include girls and mothers. 

On this day koinobori (carp streamers) are hung.  It is a tradition in which colorful koi (carp) are depicted on banners and placed up high to flow in the wind. The carp is believed to be a spirited fish, full of energy and power to fight its way up rapidly flowing streams.