Happy Children’s Day 2016

Dear Readers,

Today is Children’s Day in Japan (May 5th). As explained in a much older post, this is one of the five yearly “seasonal holidays” or sekku (節句) in Japan:

  • January 7th (1/7)
  • March 3rd (3/3)
  • May 5th (5/5)
  • July 7th (7/7)
  • September 9th (9/9)

Although Children’s Day was originally Boy’s Day (in contrast to Girls’ Day on March 3rd), it is widely celebrated by all kids now. The windsock above, a popular tradition, was made by my son in his Japanese preschool. 🙂

However, there is one tradition that is definitely for the boys:

It’s common for families in Japan to setup a small display of samurai armor to wish for healthy, strong boys. Our display is relatively small because it would be too difficult to bring a larger display back to the US, but it’s also pretty easy to assemble.

Anyhow, happy Childrens’ Day to children everywhere! 🙂


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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