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"Boy's Day" Japan Favorite Tip by Sharrie

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by Sharrie

Favorite thing: May 5 is the BOYS' DAY. To motivate young boys to be spirited and healthy 'TANGO-NO-SEKKU' is celebrated across Japan by putting up cloth carp banners (which symbolizes the epitome of indomitable will). Carp are known for their tenacity & willingness to surmount nature's obstacles (Carp are seen swimming up waterfalls & against swift currents, thus the association).

As with Hina Matsuri, masculine dolls (represented by famous heroes from Japan history and legend) are being showcased inside the house.

Fondest memory: Closely associated with Boys' Day is the Shobu, Japanese Iris. Called Festival of the Iris, people take hot baths in water containing Iris leaves believed to have the power to drive out evil spirits!

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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