Events:

fall foliage forecast for 2017

Fall color is at peak in the Taisetsu Mountain Range, Hokkaido. (September 24, 2017)

https://tenki.jp/kouyou/expectation.html

when and where to see fall foliage (Japanese version only):

https://tenki.jp/kouyou/

https://weathernews.jp/s/koyo/

https://koyo.walkerplus.com/

https://sp.jorudan.co.jp/leaf/

http://www.rurubu.com/season/autumn/koyo/


Current foliage reports (Japanese version only):

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/weather/koyo/


seasonal flowers:




Monday, May 6, 2013

Tango no Sekku (boys festival)

May 5th is Children's Day(the boys festival) in Japan. The day has long been the celebratory day for boys known as Tango no Sekku. On the days around the celebratory day, families with boys display warrior dolls in their homes and fly carp streamers outdoors.

dolls for Boy's Day that has armour and a helmet at Haneda Airport

羽田空港に五月人形・鎧兜
羽田空港に五月人形・鎧兜 by kawanet /flickr


old warrior dolls in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture






warrior dolls at Nakayama-dera Temple in Takarazuka City, Hyogo Prefecture

Nakayama-dera Temple
Nakayama-dera Temple by Hyougushi /flickr


 ornamental helmet, used in the Boy's Festival

兜 KABUTO1
兜 KABUTO1 by peachykeen103 /flickr


small armor and helmet

R0010599
R0010599  by duck75 /flickr




Armor of a SAMURAI warrior
Armor of a SAMURAI warrior by MIKI Yoshihito (´・ω・) /flickr

A man in full armor. He is wearing a replica of the warrior helmet worn by Naoe Kanetsugu (直江 兼続,1559-1620) who served Uesugi clan.






























In the Edo Period, samurai families with boys flew their family banners, and commoners with boys hoisted carp streamers(koinobori).

Photo by Yokaphoto.net

banners and carp streamers at Tsuetate Onsen(杖立温泉), Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture


















Recently, we can see a troop of streamers in several areas. Lesser people hoist standard-sized carp streamers. The organizers gather many streamers sitting in closets and hoist them over rivers.

Photo by Yokaphoto.net

carp streamers at Tsuetate Onsen(杖立温泉), Aso-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture


















 typical koinobori
(a pair of arrow-spoked wheels with a ball-shaped spinning vane, colorful streamer like a windsock, black carp(father), red carp(mother), the other carps(sons))

PhoTones Works #188
PhoTones Works #188 by PhoTones_TAKUMA /flickr

鯉のぼりセットを組み立てるよー
 by ysishikawa /flickr

folded carp streamers and arrow-spoked wheels














 Oyoge Koinobori Sagamigawa(Swimming carp streamers over the Sagami River), from April 29 to May 5, Kanagawa Prefecture

泳げ鯉のぼり相模川/相模原
泳げ鯉のぼり相模川/相模原 by Tranpan23 /flickr



泳げ鯉のぼり相模川/相模原
泳げ鯉のぼり相模川/相模原 by Tranpan23 /flickr


泳げ鯉のぼり相模川
泳げ鯉のぼり相模川 by ucb /flickr


Koinobori Festa(1000 carp streamers), from April 22 to May 5, Takatsuki City, Osaka

R0013827 : Carp in the sky



Koinobori Festa
FH000032
FH000032 by sakura_chihaya+ /flickr



Ikari Dam(五十里ダム) in Nikko City, Tochigi Prefecture

五十里ダムの鯉のぼり
五十里ダムの鯉のぼり by kimishowota /flickr



 Swimming carp streamers over the Kamo River(加茂川), from April 13 to May 6, Kamo City, Niigata Prefecture

加茂市の鯉のぼり
加茂市の鯉のぼり by kimishowota /flickr




"swimming" carp streamers in the Seto River(瀬戸川), Mochigase-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture











Lake Ryokusui(緑水湖) in Mochigase-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture















Swimming carp streamers over the Azuma River in Gunma Prefecture

吾妻川 (1)
吾妻川 (1) by Kuruman /flickr


Anamizu-machi, Ishikawa Prefecture

町@石川県穴水町
町@石川県穴水町 by *sii /flickr


Fukuro River(袋川), Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture



















Uzuma River, Tochigi City, Tochigi Prefecture

Colorful carp banners / 鯉幟(こいのぼり)
Colorful carp banners / 鯉幟(こいのぼり) by TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋) /flickr


Tokyo HDR - 29
Tokyo HDR - 29 by Kabacchi /flickr

 Harumi Pier in Tokyo

































 Tokyo Tower

DSCF8655
DSCF8655 by Zengame /flickr


Kusu-machi, Oita Prefecture

Bungo-Mori, , Japan
Bungo-Mori, , Japan 
by tkikuchi /flickr
                miniature carp streamers

鯉のぼり by naitokz /flickr







Isezaki Mall(伊勢佐木モール) in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

鯉のぼり
鯉のぼり by naitokz /flickr




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    1. Thank you for your comment. The carp streamers look as if they are swimming in the air.

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