Swimming in the vast sky. Illustrations of Koi Nobori
Koi nobori or carp streamers are put up to decorate Children's Day in Japan, which falls on May 5th. Putting up the streamers as decorations is a custom that began in the Edo period and it's a symbol of prayer, wishing for the healthy growth of male children. These vividly colored streamers look like carps swimming in the blue sky. The spectacle is both exhilarating and inspiring. Although these carp streamers are getting less common in big cities, we are sure many Japanese adults will be reminded of their childhood when they do manage to spot one.
This time, we are featuring illustrations of Koi Nobori. Enjoy!