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Children's Day!

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Winnie Situ

on 17 October 2014

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Transcript of Children's Day!

It's a national holiday in Japan.
It's on May 5th.
Everyone celebrates the health and happiness of children.
Special treats are eaten.
There are many performances and festivals.
Children's Day!
Children Learn...
Conclusions on Japanese Culture
AKA Samurai (!!!) helmets.
Make through origami
Top 3 Kabuto win a prize
Celebrated since ancient times but became a national holiday in 1948.
Previously known as Boys' Festival but was changed to include girls.
Even today many families only celebrate their sons on Children's Day and celebrate their daughters on Doll Festival in March.
Part of Golden Week, a cluster of national holidays.
Kodomo no hi!
Family and friends gather together.
Adults express their love for their children and children thank their elders for caring for them
Carp streamers are hung outside
When the wind blows, they seem like they're swimming
Each carp represents the father, mother, or a son.
Legend has it a carp once swam upstream to become a dragon.
Carp symbolizes bravery, determination, and strength (traits adults hope sons will have).
Kashiwamochi: rice cakes filled with red bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves.
Oak leaves don't fall until new leaves begin to take their place so they symbolize prosperous families.
Chimaki: Rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.
More Traditions
Displays of Japanese heroes are set up.
Samurai are very prominent since they are viewed as a symbol of self-control and honor.
Everyone bathes in the leaves and roots of shoubu (a type of iris) and hang shoubu under the eaves of their homes.
Shoubu leaves are shaped like swords and are thought to bring good health and ward off evil.
Kids' Olympics: Many kids participate in a variety of events in Tokyo.
Performances: Children put on plays and shows for adults, and adult performers have martial arts demonstrations and taiko drum or dance performances.
Koinobori Matsuri: A festival where 800 koinobori are hung over the Kanna River. There are boat rides under the carps and a market
to be thankful for the love they receive.
to recognize their importance, both now and in the future.
to be confident and take on leadership roles
to work hard and not give up on their goals.
The Japanese are superstitious and have many rituals or customs that are thought to counter negative spirits or bring good luck.
Mainly stick to tradition.
Children are seen to have a lot of potential.
Mutual respect between generations is apparent and people of different ages are viewed as equally important.
Children's Day (mainly for boys)= heros and carp
Doll Festival= dolls and tea parties.
Japan seems to have distinct, traditional roles for males and females. Males are household providers while females are hostesses and caretakers.
More Conclusions
Traditionally, the food is made by the family. However, due to Western diffusion, there will likely be an increase in pre-made and pre-packaged treats.
Follow the Instructions Then Customize!
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Kids Society, 2009. Web. 13 Sept. 2014. <http://kids.asiasociety.org/explore/childrens-day-japan-kodomo-no-hi>.
Abe, Namiko. "Children's Day in Japan and Koinobori Song." About Education.
About.com, 2014. Web. 13 Sept. 2014. <http://japanese.about.com/od/japanesecultur1/a/Childrens-Day-In-Japan-And-Koinobori-Song.htm>.
"Koinobori: Celebrating the Spirit of Boys Day." Japanese American National Museum --
Museum Store Online. Japanese American National Museum, Apr. 2006. Web. 13 Sept. 2014. <http://janmstore.com/koinobori.html>.
Abe, Namiko. "Kashiwamochi-€“Japanese Sweet for Children's Day." About Education.
About.com, 2014. Web. 14 Sept. 2014. <http://japanese.about.com/od/namikosbloglessons/a/lesson97.htm>.
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Gender stereotypes may be dropped if other cultures force them to assimilate to gender equality.
Children's Day (carps and heroes!) = boys
The performances on Children's Day may slowly begin to incorporate various modern arts from different cultures thanks to multiculturalism(i.e. ballet and symphonic performances).
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