Boy’s Day

Yesterday was Boy’s Day.

May 5th is celebrated as Children’s Day (kodomo no hi), although traditionally, this day was designated as Boys Day, ortango no sekku. Japanese families in the United States and Japan celebrate the traditions of Boys Day by displayingkoinobori, beautiful carp windsocks flown outside of homes to wish sons a good future.
The carp has become the symbol of tango no sekku or Boys’ Day because the Japanese consider it the most spirited of fish—so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals. Since these are traits desired in boys, families traditionally flew koinobori from their homes to honor their sons.

A set of streamers usually has three or more fish. The large black one (magoi) represents father. According to a Japanese children’s song, the red one (higoi) represents the first born son. However, in modern Japan, many prefer to see it as mother. The small ones (usually green and blue) represent the sons in the family. A new streamer is added each time a new baby is born.

Yesterday, and today, cloudy and rainy.

Two new indoor plants and first blossom from newest hibiscus plant.