May 5th is celebrated as Children's Day in Japan. People display koi-nobori (carp streamers) for their sons. (No, no discrimination...there is a Girls' Day too--celebrated on March 3rd for daughters!) The koi-noboriare like wind socks in carp design. The carp is a symbol of strength, perserverance and achievement.
There is a Chinese legend about a carp who swam up a waterfall and turned into a dragon. We are sure there are many variations to this tale but the carp as symbol of effort and success is constant.
We have our koi-nobori up in the shop as well! We have some available for sale. You can use them to decorate your child's room too!
And, we also have "mini" ones!
(All photos by the ikebana shop. All rights reserved.)