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Japanese Children’s Day and the story behind Koinobori – colorful carp-shaped wind socks flying in the sky

  13-04-2018 14:08

In Japan, May 5th is in red circle on the calendar to mark Children’s Day - Kodomo no hi (子供の日). It’s an important occasion during the Japanese Golden Week – a long break which last from 7-10 days with many of national traditional holidays.

Since long ago, Koinobori has become a symbol of Japanese Children’s Day. In Japanese, Koi means Carp, while Nobori means flag, banner. Koinobori are made by drawing carp patterns on paper, cloth or other nonwoven fabric, usually hung on a high pole in the front yard or above the roof of the house to flutter in  the wind.

This Koinobori originated from an old legend in Chinese, in which carps fight its way up rapidly-flowing streams of Yellow River and eventually become dragons. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, the carp symbolises courage and the ability to attain high goals. Families hang Koinobori in honor of children for a good future, with the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong.

Hotel Nikko Hanoi is pleased to welcome everyone to join and experience Japanese Golden Week & Children’s Day, which has become an annual celebration for Japanese community in Hanoi as well as local people at the end of April & beginning of May. Don’t miss the chance to participate in many exciting Japanese cultural activities from April 27 to May 6:

Giant train model & traditional toys display
Sushi & Cupcake cooking classes
Drawing, Origami lessons for children
Yukata try-on and posing
...And many more fun activities to enjoy !