May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan. It used to be known as boys day, but because girls day, in march, is not a public holiday, they changed the name to be more inclusive. Families with boys hang these kites shaped like carp, Koinobori, outside of their houses.

The carp was chosen because it represents determination and strength. The Black kite represents the father, Red, the mother and the Blue, the children. I am not sure about the multicoloured kite on top, and no Japanese person I’ve asked yet has been able to explain it.

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