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JAPANESE KOINOBORI

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Erin Ray

on 7 November 2014

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Transcript of JAPANESE KOINOBORI

JAPANESE KOINOBORI
WHAT ARE KOINOBORI?
"Koinobori" means "carp streamer" in Japanese
They are created and flown to celebrate Tango no Sekku--Children's Day.
CHILDREN'S DAY IN JAPAN
Historically, Tango no Sekku was to celebrate sons; daughters were celebrated on Hinamatsuri (Doll's Day).
Today, the holiday celebrates all children & expresses gratitude to mothers.
Families celebrate by displaying koinobori and eating mochi cakes made from sweet rice paste wrapped in oak leaves.
MEANING & SYMBOLISM
Why koi (carp)?
Koi are strong and determined fish, swimming upstream against the current and even up waterfalls!
Families hope for their children to develop these traits of power and ability to overcome obstacles.
MEANING & SYMBOLISM
Traditionally, families would display a koinobori pole outside their homes for Children's Day.
The largest koinobori is black, and represents the father.
The second is pink or red, representing the mother.
The remaining koinobori are for each child in the family; they are blue, green, orange, and purple.
Which color would your koinobori be?
ELEMENTS &
PRINCIPLES
Which Elements of Art & Principles of Design do you notice?
wow
wow
such swimming
very colors
much fish
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