The Children’s Day
is recognized in various places around the world to commemorate
children globally. One of the countries in Asia who religiously observes
Children’s Day or Kodomo No Hi traditions is Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the event is regarded as a national holiday and celebrated every 3rd of March for girls and 5th of
May for boys. These are the times of the year when children were
honored together with their parents as they indulge in various
activities and traditions.
is a rich land of unique culture and traditions. Know what awaits
children in Japan with these following Children’s Day practices.
· Doll Festival
Also known as hinamatsuri, this is one of the most-awaited festivities
in Japan. The people cover platforms with red carpet and decorate their
households with ornamental dolls, such as the traditional Heian Period doll sets. The dolls represent the emperor, empress, officials, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dresses.
Important part of the Doll Festival traditions it the Japanese customary drink called shirozake, a sake produced from fermented rice. Crackers in small servings, known as hina-arare, flavored with sugar or soy sauce are eaten together with hishimochi (colored rice cakes) and chirashizushi (sushi rice in various flavors).
· Carp Kites
Also called koinobori
by the Japanese, boys fly carp streamers or hung carp kites outside
their houses. The streamers are also available in miniature versions for
smaller homes. The carp was chosen to be a part of the Boy’s Day
tradition because of its insurmountable strength and symbolism of
success. Inside each home, dolls of famous warriors and other heroes are displayed.
· Samurai Costumes
Samurai were the bravest and the noblest warriors of Japan. So to
parade strength and courage, Japanese boys often wear samurai helmets on
· Family Gatherings
Children’s Day, families also soak themselves in a tub filled with iris
leaves and roots. This iris is known to encourage good health and
stable well-being, as well as to ward off evil. Part of the tradition is
eating kashiwamochi or rice cakes stuffed with sweet bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves.
· Golden Boy Doll
with boys exhibit a model of a Japanese folk hero known as Kintaro.
According to a folklore, Kintaro was a boy of superhuman might and
agility who grew up to be an esteemed warrior admired by many. Just like
the samurai helmets, this acts of displaying Kintaro represents the
family’s dream for their boys to be strong and courageous.
· Visit to the Monument
Children's Peace Monument was erected almost 50 years ago with a girl
named Sadako Sasashi as the inspiration of the whole architecture of the
beautiful. Since it was unveiled on Children's Day 1958, thousands of
children visit the monument each year.
Around 600 years ago when type of comic theater was founded. Through the years, the distinctive acting style of kyogen is performed wearing Japanese traditional costumes. Japanese girls had been attending kyogen practices once or twice a week to perfect the comic expressions and movements of the Japanese fan.
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