Carp Flags at Shirahata Shrine

Yesterday was Kodomo no Hi (子供の日) or Children’s Day in Japan.  It’s a holiday that celebrates children and their happiness.  During this holiday, people string up carp flags/streamers, or koi nobori.  Basically, they’re a kind of wind sock.  I visited Shirahata Shrine (白幡神社) in Fujisawa, near Fujisawa-honmachi Station, and was treated to a large number of very big koi nobori.  Have a look.

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The shrine gate.

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Those are some big streamers.

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Caught in the wind.

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White wisteria.

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Looking up.

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Going up to the main hall.

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The main hall with glare from the sun.

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Koi nobori from the main hall.

I hope all the children will be strong this year.

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Filed under Culture, Festivals & Events, Fujisawa, Japan, Kanagawa, Shrines

4 responses to “Carp Flags at Shirahata Shrine

  1. Happy Kodomo no Hi! It’s been perfect weather for Golden Week this year🙂

  2. I miss Golden Week. It’s fun to see koi nobori flying around here at random; more than you might expect. Still, it’s not quite the same.

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