Children’s day (子供の日)

Children’s day (子供の日)

Every May 5, we celebrate Children’s Day.

In 1948 it became a national holiday designed to promote the health and happiness of all children (boys and girls).

The day is traditionally called Tango no Sekku. Historically, it was a day to celebrate and wish for the healthy growth of boys.

Most families with boys still display a Japanese military helmet, called Kabuto, or a Warrior Doll inside the house.



Also, they fly carp-shaped streamers, called Koi Nobori, outside the house. 



Children and their families celebrate by eating Kashiwa-mochi and Chimaki.

Kashiwamochi is rice cake wrapped in oak leaves with sweet bean paste inside.
Chimaki is rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves.


5月5日は「子供の日」です。
1948年に子供の健やかな成長を願って制定されました。
その日は昔から「端午の節句」ともいわれ、男の子の健やかな成長を願って祝う日でもあります。
今でも男の子のいる家庭では、兜や5月人形(武者人形)を飾ったり、鯉のぼりをあげます。また、皆で柏餅やちまきを食べます。

Hiromi. N.


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