On May 5th, families around Japan celebrate Children’s Day, the national holiday honoring the healthy growth and happiness of children.
On this day, families with children fly huge carp-shaped streamers (koinobori) outside the house, and display dolls of famous warriors and other heroes inside. The symbolism of the carp is meant to represent the growth of a child; it is based on an old legend of a carp that swam upstream and became a dragon. Through their displays of koinobori and famous heroes, families wish for children’s strength and success.
Come join us at the JICC throughout the month of May to celebrate Children’s Day via koinobori displays, stories of folk tale heroes, fun activities, and more!
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from May 5 through May 29 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.