KOINOBORI


Today, May 5th, is national holiday called 'children's day'.
Since long time ago, we set up the carp (koi)made of light cloth or made
with paper on the balcony.
We can see a lots of carps like swimming in the blue sky :)

I found this picture, Koinobori with Mt.Fuji on their behind, this is nice ;)
こいのぼり.jpg

'Nobori (noboru as verb)' means 'go up'or 'ascend'
then, 'Koi nobori' describes 'The carps going up (stream)'.

Since antient times in China, there was a story 'carp become dragon when they
go up to the top of waterfall',
so people have set up 'koi' outside and wishing their children grow up healthy
seems like carps going up waterfall powerfully.....

This link should be make you unserstand what that means,
my explanation is not good enough :p
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodomo_no_Hi



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