Children’s day

Children’s Day is a memorial day to celebrate the healthy growth and to respect the right of children.
It is enacted as a national holiday around the world.

children's day

It has been called Tango no Sekku and held a festival to celebrate health of sons.

Each family displays a kabuto and yoroi,

which is a samurai warrior’s helmet and armor,to pray for boys’ healthy growth.

It is a custom originated in the samurai society during the medieval period of Japan.

Samurai’s helmet and armor originally means

not a tool for warbut a spiritual treasure to protect families.

(March 3 is Hinamatsuri, the Doll’s Festival for girls.)

Koinobori (carp streamers) is a Sekku ornament originated in merchants in Edo Period.

In recent years, we don’t have much chance to see them

in the Tokyo Metropolitan areadue to packed housing situations,

however, the great carp streamers with five colors can be found in rural areas.

Traditionally,  hoisting koinobori is to let people know the happiness of boy’s birth.

Carp is a symbol of succeeding in life.

Yet in the past, when people hoist koinobori becoming bigger and bigger every year,

they came to be prohibited to fly in some period in order to avoid a fire.

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On the day,we also eat Chimaki.(Left of the photo)

Chimaki is rice cakes wrapped in bamboo leaves

and bound with five-color strings to chase away bad spirits.

The five colors are the origin of koinobori’s colors.

Originally wrapped with chigaya leaves (cogongrass),

it is called ‘chigaya-maki’ then transferred into ‘chimaki’.

Also, children take shobu-yu which is a bath with a bunch of floating iris leaves on the day.

Shobu, or an iris leaf is our signature flower in this season.

On Children’s day, people traditionally eat kashiwa-mochi .(Right of the 3rd photo) 

Kashiwa-mochi is eaten in the Kanto area

and Kashiwa-mochi is eaten in the Kanto area.

Kashiwa-mochi is a Japanese pastry,a piece of rice cake

filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in an oak leaf or a leaf of Smilacaceae.

They are usually filled with whole bean paste (tsubu-an) or strained one (koshi-an),

however, some areas uses the bean paste with miso (miso-an).

Also, there are various colored kashiwa-mochi such as white,

green from wormwood, and pink to be enjoyed according to the fillings.

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