Flying fish? Koinobori.
May 5th is called, Kodomono-hi/ Children’ day. A week to few days before this date, households that have boys in the family decorate Koinobori. There is wide range of size, but generally it is 30~50cm long. However, some families decorate large koinobori that are as large as 2m long, such as the picture below.
There are usually three to four koinobori that are father, mother and children and the size follow accordingly. Although this day is called, children’s day, it is a day for celebrating boys in Japan. Girls on the other hand have a day called, Hinamatsuri back in March. However, the day of girls is not a national holiday. I have always wandered why May 5th is called ‘Children’s Day,’ but only boys are celebrated, but also why only boys day is a national holiday, but not for girls. Maybe we can rename it to ‘Boys’ Day’??
Whatever the name is going to be, for adults having Golden Week is definitely a plus. I am just happy to have a break from everything!