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Happy Children’s Day こどもの日

May 5, 2010

The past several days, in Japan, has been “Golden Week” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Week_(Japan)): a chance slew of national holidays wherein salarymen and women alike grasp the opportunity to go on city breaks or weekends away to Nikko and the like.

As blessed Golden Week draws to a close, and classes kickstart on Thursday, the final, May 5th, holiday is called “こどもの日(Kodomo no hi)” or Children’s Day.
Koi fish banners are raised: the myth being that should the koi fish struggle upwards and top a waterfall it turns into a dragon, and thus, seems to be a message of hope and perseverance.

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