There is something childishly delightful about pinwheels, wind chimes and decorative wind socks, especially the beautiful Koi ones I see here and there in Japan.


They go by the much nicer name of Koinobori, which means carp streamer.

Traditionally these were flown to celebrate ‘children’s Day” which was celebrated the 5th day of the 5th moon on the lunar calendar, and since Japan uses the Gregorian Calendar it has been moved to the 5th of May. Originally the celebration was only for boys, but at some point it was changed to be a celebration to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness, both boys and girls.

Now you can see them apparently throughout the year ( I cannot confirm this, as the ones I see are probably still flying in honor of this years celebrations).

A smallish set of three now resides in my suitcase, to be put into the Smurg’s faerie garden, to remind us all that nothing is as important as her individual personality and happiness.


P.S if you want to read more about this Wiki has a great info about Koinobori HERE and about Children’s Day HERE


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis B
    May 23, 2012 @ 23:35:56

    How wonderful to see and hear all of this..I am so enjoying my visit here daily.
    Its fun to see through your eyes. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us.
    Hugs Phyllis B


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