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.
Right now, it’s Golden Week in Japan. This is a series of 4 holidays within one week. April 29th is Showa Day, established in 2007, after it was Greenery Day. Before that, it was the Emperor’s (Showa) Birthday until 1988. May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day. May 4th is Greenery Day. Before 2007, it was an unnamed holiday between 2 official holidays. May 5th is Children’s Day, or sometimes called Boys’ Day. Some people get a full week holiday, while others only get the actual holidays as days off.
During my Golden Week so far, I’ve done something quite big. Yesterday, I walked from my home in Ofuna, Kamakura to the island of Jogashima in Miura City, at the southern tip of the Miura Peninsula. It was between 30 and 35km, and took 8 hours. As I was crossing the bridge to the island, I saw the sun setting behind Mt. Fuji. So, that is my new header.
Also, this blog has had a milestone. April was the first month in which there have been more than 1000 visits. Hopefully, it’ll keep growing!