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Carps Swim in The Sky in Haneji

Date Posted: 2001-04-28

800 carp streamers, called ”Koinobori” in Japanese, float in the air at Haneji Carp Festival over the holiday weekend Friday through Sunday. Besides the colourful sky swimmers, the festival will feature local food, drinks and live Okinawan performers..

According to Japanese tradition, carp is considered a very strong fish, and a symbol for boys. Many households fly carp streamers until May 5, the Children’s Day. Children’s Day is the last day of Golden Week.

Before the WWII boys and girls had their separate days. May 3 was the Boys’ Day and March 3 was reserved for girls.

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