Wait, Children Get Their Own Holiday in Japan?

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Yep, their very own holiday, crazy isn’t it! 🙂
Like Hina Matsuri, the holiday catering for young girls, Kodomo no Hi was originally called Tango no Sekku, an annual holiday and celebration for young boys. Although now a celebration for all children, indeed Kodomo no Hi means children’s day in Japanese, it still retains a masculine feel with displays of warriors in armour and koi fish flags called koinobori to represent strength. However, Kodomo no Hi is now mainly a national holiday celebrated on the 5th of May and a day when people celebrate the happiness of children and wish them success in their lives.
Read on for Japan Centre‘s favourite part of every holiday festival… the delicious Japanese food!

As with other Japanese celebrations, there is a traditional Japanese sweet associated with Kodomo no Hi. Kashiwa Mochi is a piece of pounded sweet rice mochi which is filled with azuki sweet red bean paste and then wrapped up in the leaf from an oak tree.

Japan Centre has a brand new recipe for kashiwa mochi on our website with all the ingredients you need to make it available online.

Kodomo no Hi also falls within a week long period called Golden Week in Japan, a whole week of national holidays starting with the previous Emperor Showa’s birthday at the end of April and finishing with Kodomo ni Hi on the 5th of May. This week long holiday is the reason that you see so many Japanese tourists all over the world enjoying a break from work and celebrating the various traditional holidays.

I leave you with a short song that is enjoyed during the Kodomo no Hi festival, we’ll definitely be singing it at Japan Centre:

屋根より高い鯉幟
Koinobori float higher than the rooftops

大きい真鯉はお父さん
The father is the large one

小さい緋鯉は子供たち
And those smaller ones his children

面白そうに泳いでる
All of them are enjoying a fun looking swim