Children’s Day was highly anticipated in our home this year. It’s a Japanese holiday that is celebrated on May 5th. Originally it was boy’s day, since girls have their own holiday (Hinamatsuri) on March 3rd. Traditionally, for Children’s Day families with boys fly large carp streamers outside their homes.
Legend says that the carp swims upstream to become a dragon, so they symbolize strength and success for Japanese boys. Since it is our second year in Okinawa, the kids knew to be looking forward to it and have been making Children’s Day crafts at school for a while now.