Saturday, May 5, 2012

Koinobori ~Japan's Children's Day~

The Chinese myth goes that brave carps could transform into dragons when they climbed up rapid falls. In Japan, based on the legend, we put up Koinobori, or carp-shaped streamers, in the sky from April to May 5th, Japan's Children's Day, hoping the children will rise like a dragon.

The spring sky was decorated with a lot of colorful carps even in urban areas like Tokyo when I was a kid, however, now you hardly see them swimming in the sky in cities filled with buildings. Fortunately, a Koinobori event takes place every year in my city, Kawaguchi. Nowadays a lot of cities hold this kind of event and fly Koinobori. You can enjoy them even if you don't have enough space to put them up in your garden.

Koinobori ~Japan's Children's Day~ [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on May 5th, 2012

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