Tango no Sekku is a festival for boys, but it is also for children, too. The Children's day reminds us "Koinobori" which is the carp-shaped streamer made with cloth. We put up Koinobori on the high pole and it is usually higher than the roof. The biggest black Koinobori is called "Magoi", which is put up on the top of the pole. The middle one is red and called "Higoi", and the smallest one is blue one called "Kogoi". They represent the image of a peaceful family.
"Tango no Sekku" is a event for boys.But May 5 is the day for children,too.
The day for children reminds us "Koinobori" ,which we fly several flags shaped carp made with cloth on the poll higer than a roof.The root of it is the streamer flied by Samurai when they went to the front.That's why people fly them praying their childrens can grow up healthy and soundly,and succeed in life.
Dad's black "Koinobori"is the highest point on the poll,Mom's red one is the second.Whenever a new baby is born,their parents add one "Koinobori" whose size is proportional to their order of being born.Their colors are different,so they are very colorful.
About 20 years ago,when there were many children in Japan,a lot of "Koinobori" were swimming on one poll.Japanese children has desreased,but we can still see a lot of "Koinobori" swimming in the blue sky in the ground of the elementary school in countries.
Now,would you drive with me to see this real feeling in May ?