Carp streamer festival in Japan
In Japan, there is a long holiday in May called “Golden Week.” It is made up of several consecutive holidays, such as “Constitutional Memorial Day” and “Children’s Day”, and when it falls during the right time of the week, can make for a full nine days off for some companies. Taking advantage of this long break, many people visit their parents’ homes or travel either domestically or abroad, flooding highways and airports.
On Children’s Day, to celebrate the growth of boys, “Koi Nobori” (Carp Streamers) are hung up in various places. A unique Japanese custom, these Koi streamers, made from beautifully decorated cloth, are flown in the sky, symbolizing the vitality of the Japanese Koi fish. These beautiful decorations are not only displayed in the yards of private residences; In order to lift community spirits, in all locales, myriad Koi are hung up across large rivers, creating a magnificent brightly colored display.