Japanese Koinobori Carp Windsock
A cotton windsock, designed to be tied to a pole outside to catch the breeze. "Koinobori", carp windsocks, carp streamers or carp banners, decorate the landscape of Japan from April through early May, in honour of Children's Day (originally Boys Day) on May 5. In Japanese culture, the carp symbolises courage and strength because of its ability to swim up a waterfall. The Boys' Festival was an event, expressing hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong like wild carp. During this festival, people set up a warrior doll or a yoroi armor set in the house, and Koinobori outside the house.
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Approx 48cm length.