“Koinobori”, carp windsocks, carp streamers or carp banners, decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honor of Children’s Day (originally Boys’ festival) on May 5.In Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall. The Boys’ Festival was an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carps. During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori, huge carp-shaped windsocks, outside the house.
Our son Chris has just scored a decent promotion to a new job but needs to find new digs in Sydney. I hope the Koinobori will ensure his success with the flat hunt and the new job too. Sharlene thinks I am OTT 😳