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.
The shrine gate.
Those are some big streamers.
Caught in the wind.
Going up to the main hall.
The main hall with glare from the sun.
Koi nobori from the main hall.
I hope all the children will be strong this year.
I’ve decided I’m going to start making weekly posts featuring a picture I’ve taken with my iPhone. This week’s picture was taken in the shopping centre below Shin-Sugita station. Although Children’s Day is over, carp flags are still hanging from the ceiling.
Carp flags hanging in Shin-Sugita station's Arukaado shopping centre.