Monday, May 7, 2012

(45) Flying fish

They are called “koinobori” (鯉幟), literally “carp-streamer” and they appear in homes and in some public places in Japan, a few days before May 5th; this is Children’s Day (actually Boys’ Day) and a national holiday. The carp is a symbol for a strong and healthy boy since, according to legend, it swims against the current and becomes a dragon.   

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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