Kodomo no hi – Children’s Day in Japan
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By Karen Hartwriter

original article published 13 April 2012

The ‘Kodomo no hi’ festival on 5 May is eagerly anticipated by children all over Japan. Get your own setting in on the fun with these activities!

Create your own Koinobori

On this special day in Japan, a traditional Koinobori flag in the shape of a carp (a type of fish), is flown for each child in the family. As the breeze gently blows the fish, they look like they are swimming.

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An adult will need to do all the assembling, so make this a group project, making just two or three fish – children helping with the decorating bits. Then it’s everyone outside to watch them swim through the air!

You will need (per fish):
  • One A3 sheet of heavy paper
  • Paints, chunky markers, scrap box scraps or old magazines for decoration
  • Glue
  • Length of string or ribbon for fixing or holding
  • Scraps of tissue paper, crepe paper or some colourful carrier bags for making streamers
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
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