Happy Boys Day!


May 5th is also the Japanese holiday: Tango no Sekku, boy's day! Traditionally carp or koi streamers are placed upon rooftops and flown in the wind. Each koi represents boys in that family. The large koi would represent the elder in that household or father, and the smaller koi would be flown for each son in the family ranging in down in size. I remember seeing many colorful koi flying along rooftops when I was growing up on Kauai, it's also a tradition we celebrate in Hawaii. I think it's a wonderful tradition and a beautiful one too! Happy Boy's Day!

Photo (below) from Okinawa Soba via Flickr.


  1. I had no idea Boy's Day is celebrated in Hawaii too! Are there alot of Japanese in Hawaii? I love those streamers and remember taking lots of pictures on them. They're so beautiful when the wind blows and they fly.

  2. misslynsey: Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them :)

    Cookie Cutter: There are a lot of Japanese in Hawaii! Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures. There has been many generations of Japanese here. Maybe one day I will write a post about it. And there are a lot of tourists who come from Japan to visit Hawaii too. It's one of their favorite places to visit! :) The koi streamers are soo beautiful, I wish I took photos of them when I was younger, like you did. Maybe if you still have those photos you can blog them :) I'd be happy to see :) Mahalo!


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