As there is a legend that carp swim up waterfall and become dragons, they represent strength and patience, and the reaching of a goal. Parents hoist carp streamers to wish for their boys' growth.
Every year various carp streamer festivals are held across Japan around this time. Today I went to Akutagawa River in Takatsuki city, located between Osaka and Kyoto, to see as many as 1000 large and small carp streamers. It's really fantastic to see so many carp streamers swimming in the sky. It was windy and a little rainy, so even more these carp looked as if they struggle to swim up into the dragon.
The picture below shows a common set for a family. Basically it consists of four streamers: simple streamer, three carp-shaped ones which represent father, mother and son. Add more, when another child is born.
The other day, I presented a set of carp streamers to my dear grandson, Rintaro. Tomorrow is his one-year-old birthday, too.
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