Kodomo no hi (Children’s day: May 5) and Koi no bori

Koi no bori means ‘carp windsocks’. We can see Koi fish windsocks all over Japan during April-May.  It is done as part of the children’s festival on May 5. Even though it is regarded as the children’s festival, it is done in houses with boy kids. Koi or the carp fish is strong enough to swim against the stream. Thus the Koi fish is considered as the symbol of strength and courage in Japanese society.

A typical windsock arrangement has five carp fishes of different colours. Each of them has different meanings too. The uppermost one which is colourful represent the family, and the others represent the father, mother, and kids of the family. Every detail regarding Koi no bori could be read from this page. Most houses will arrange some samurai dolls and their armors during the festive season. There is a similar festival for girl kids in the month of March which is called Hinamatsuri.

Koi no bori decorations in Children’s day special menu of a Japanese restaurant

The colourful carp windsocks fly over the roofs of most Japanese houses during the festive season. There will be many programs conducted by the city and different organizations on May 5th, the children’s day which is a national holiday in Japan. Special menus and sweets could be found in restaurants and shops in relation to the Children’s festival.